District going to 10-point grade system

By Lisa Voyles
Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The Houston School Board of Trustees gave their approval for the district to adopt a 10-point grading scale beginning next school year. Athletic Director Buz Boyer presented the plan to the board to change the current grading plan. Boyer noted that several other area districts, including Chickasaw County (Houlka), Amory and East Webster have already adopted the scale and included information from their administrators that recommended it as a positive change.
“Some of the other schools are using is as part of their drop out prevention plan,” Boyer said.
A district wide survey of teachers was conducted regarding the change with a large majority voting in favor of the 10-point plan.
In the new plan:
65-69 – D
70-79 – C
80-89 – B
90-100 – A
Boyer also pointed out that the change in the grading scale can lead to more scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.
“There’s a lot of difference in a 3.95 and a 4.0 when it come to scholarships,” Boyer said.
Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker said that while the board’s approval was not technically necessary to implement the change, “we didn’t want to make a district-wide change without presenting it to you.”
In other matters, the board
n Swore in new member, Bart Munlin
n Elected Rayburn Parks as Chair and Carol Byrne as Secretary
n Watched presentations from Ricky Allen and Tony Horton on student achievement at the high school and middle school.
n Approved a request from the Solar Race team for permission to train out of state (4-1, Byrne casting nay vote).
n Opened bids for construction/repair of the bathrooms at HLES and HUES. Bids were taken under advisement and action will be taken at the March 12 meeting at noon in the Central office.

Lisa Voyles