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June 30, 2014

BOE votes to repeal graduation requirement

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Board of Education approved to repeal the senior project as a graduation requirement for high school seniors.

The project previously required students to create a presentation focused on a career they might be interested in and deliver it to a panel of judges who are professionals in that field. They also were required to find a professional in their chosen field to help them research and gather information about the career.

“It’s not that it’s not a nice worthwhile project, but it becomes increasingly difficult to find people who are appropriate to help the seniors with those and evaluate their projects, and with some of the increased numbers of graduation requirements that seniors have to take, they have quite a heavy academic workload the way it is,” said superintendent of schools Gary Price.

All three county high schools agreed to repeal the requirement. Seniors are still required to complete 30 service hours and research papers in their English course. They must also complete 24 credits to be eligible for graduation.

Find the full story in Tuesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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