Seniors get chance to graduate

Published 4:54 pm Monday, May 19, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
With little discussion and a unanimous decision by members of the Escambia County School Board, nine county students will have the opportunity to graduate high school with their peers.
Hines and other members of the school board approved a recommendation to use the credit-based endorsement of the Alabama High School Diploma.
The Alabama Department of Education approved changes in requirements for receiving the traditional high school diploma under current regulations recently. Each school system was allowed to implement changes at their discretion.
Currently the Escambia County School board offers four types of diplomas including the Alabama High School Diploma, the AHSD with academic endorsement; an occupational diploma and a Special Education certificate. Other diplomas deemed reasonable by the Alabama State Department of Education are also recognized.
Under the diploma change implemented by the local board, students who have earned enough credits to graduate and have passed reading, math and one additional area of the Alabama Graduation Exam will be allowed to graduate. Prior to the changes, high school seniors were required to pass all five areas of the graduation exam before being allowed to graduate with their peers.
In other business, school board members