Dr. David Rust
Grant's Lick and New Grading Scale
Happy Friday Everyone!
I want to take a minute this morning, on this last Friday of Summer, to share updates with you regarding Grant's Lick Elementary and a new grading scale. I am pleased to announce that action taken by our Board of Education in regard to these two topics should have positive impacts on our district and students for years to come.
The first is the closing on the purchase of the Plum Creek Church property which was acquired as the site on which to construct a new Grant's Lick Elementary. The Board purchased 85 acres adjacent to the current Plum Creek Church. In addition to providing land for a new elementary, the parcel is large enough to provide space for another school on that site when, and if there is a future need in the southern part of the county.
Timing for the construction of the new Grant's Lick is still uncertain. We don't have enough bonding potential yet to begin construction but are working on a site plan and the initial design for the school. Please stay tuned for more information on Grant's Lick as we work through the planning process.
The second item I wish to share with you is the passage of a revised grading scale. We have reverted back to a 10-point scale, as have most other school districts in the Commonwealth. For several years, our high school students have been disadvantaged by our grading scale. They have received less Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money for college from the state and have competed at a disadvantage when applying to college and for scholarships due to our tighter grading scale and corresponding student grade point averages.
Realizing this inequity, the School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils from the high school and middle school both asked the Board of Education to amend the grading scale. The Board, acting quickly, was presented with a first read of the policy change in August and ratified it at Monday's meeting. This action will place our students on a level playing field.
The new scale will be applied retro-actively to the beginning of THIS school year. Teachers have been applying numeric grades up to this point and updated letter grades following the new scale, will be posted as progress reports and reports cards are distributed from this point forward. Please see the new grading scale below and contact your child's principal with any questions:
Each primary teacher shall provide parents with a comprehensive report that is based on samples of their child’s work and that includes a descriptive, narrative evaluation of all aspects of the child’s progress.
All schools shall utilize the following grading scale:
||F: 59 and below