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www.wmfd.com - During Ontario's school board meeting Tuesday night, question's were raised about the school's class ranking system with transfer students. }}" />

   
 
 
Ontario Parents Concerned Over Districts Class Ranking Bylaw

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 1/14/2014

Tuesday night, Ontario held their organizational school board meeting in the middle school library.

Newly elected board members were recognized and given an oath of office, with Marianne Gasiecki becoming the lone first time member. Board President Mary Bennett was onace again unanimously voted to serve as president, while Shelley Fisher was voted vice president of the board.

During the board's regularly scheduled meeting, member's had the opportunity to hear from a student's father who had legitimate concerns about the school's class ranking bylaw's when it comes to transfer students.

The district's policy states that "Students entering the high school from non-chartered or home-based schooling shall have no established grade point average (GPA) or class rank for purposes of graduation honors, until such time as they have completed three (3) semesters."

The bylaw does not specifically mention public school transfers and an Ontario student recently transferred to the school for their senior year and was immediately placed at the top of the class rankings, despite having only been in the district since September, 2013.

Therefore students who have spent their entire academic careers in the Ontario school district, which does not offer as many AP classes as the transfer student, were all bumped a spot in the rankings.

The board said they would do more research on the district's bylaw regarding the issue.

   
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