BUHS Trustees to Decide on 2015 Valedictorian Parameters

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Palmer Performing Art Center has been closed since damaged from the August 2012 earthquake swarms
Palmer Performing Art Center has been closed since damaged from the August 2012 earthquake swarms

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BRAWLEY – During the Brawley Union High School board meeting April 15, many frustrated parents voiced their concerns over a discrepancy in the oral explanation in policy regarding the requirement of semesters needed to qualify for valedictorian and salutatorian honors and the written policy requirements.

The BUHS handbook states, “The Valedictorian(s) will be the graduate(s) with the highest GPA at the end of the 7th semester.” The requirements for salutatorian are the same.

However, several students were told by their counselors that the grading period did not end until the eighth semester.

Craig Casey, a concerned parent, said that he was told by a counselor that his child’s current AP classes would count toward their GPA but was later told in March that it would no longer count.

Many of the students involved are in sports classes and were told to put off their AP classes until later in the year, explained Deborah Owen the BUHS Mock Trial attorney coach. “These kids have worked really hard to get to the top of their class and now there being told their hard work doesn’t matter,” said Owens.

The board did not make a decision at the meeting but said they would be looking into the matter.

Architect Jim Sanders also addressed the Brawley Union High School board on Wednesday in regards to the opening of Palmer Auditorium. Sanders said he was very pleased with the way the auditorium is turning out and that it would be ready to open in one week.

The Ugly Duckling is scheduled to open in Palmer Auditorium April 28th 2015.