July 11, 2013

Kindergartners can get a 'A'

District implements new grading scale

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Board of Education met Monday night to vote on changes to grading standards for elementary students throughout Laurel County.

Beginning with the 2013 to 2014 school year, students in kindergarten through third grade will be graded on the traditional A through F grading scale. The change will abandon the grading scale that reported students as Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory. 

“Reporting grades on an A through F scale for primary grades will provide parents and students with a more specific representation of the student’s progress,” said Superintendent Doug Bennett.  “The changes to grade reporting along with parent-teacher conferences will provide students with an opportunity to know where they need to improve and will enable us to help our students excel.”

The changes in the grading scale will put all schools in Laurel County on the same 10-point grading scale.

Additionally, the board elected Joe Schenkenfelder as the new board chair for the year and Tommy Smith as the new vice chair.

Other business, the board:

• Approved a recommendation to award bids to Little Caesars as the pizza vendor; PFG-Somerset for kitchen supplies; Flav-O-Rich for the dairy bid; Pepsi Cola for the beverage bid; PFG-Somerset for the food and meat items bid and Norvex Inc. for the janitorial items bid.

• Recommended approval of project closeout forms for Cold Hill Elementary portable classroom and South Laurel High School for asbestos abatement.

• Recommended approval of KSBA Board policy updates and procedure updates

• Recommended approval of the Athletic Handbook for the 2013-2014 school year.