The Rose Tree Media Board of School Directors accepted two donations and approved a GPA and class rank change at Thursday night’s meeting.
The School Board approved a resolution to calculate GPAs twice a year at Penncrest High School and to report class rank beginning the first semester of ninth grade.
GPA will be calculated at the middle and the end of each school year. It had previously only been computed at the end of each school year. Class rank had only been announced at the end of sophomore year in the past. Class rank will continue to be based on a student’s weighted GPA.
"It helps to keep everybody on board, particularly the parents," board member Peter Barry said.
Janet Liss, of Upper Providence, spoke during public comment in support of the resolution. Liss emphasized that GPA and class rank are important starting in ninth grade and especially during junior year as students apply to college.
She said that knowing GPA and class rank earlier in a student’s high school career means students and parents, “can gauge how to improve and set goals.”
Scoreboard, Wrestling Equipment Donated
In separate school district news, the Board of School Directors approved two donations to the district.
The Class of 2013 and several booster clubs donated a scoreboard for Penncrest football field and the Powell Family donated wrestling equipment.
In thanking both donors, School Board President Linda Kinsler-Fox said, "You continue to show your commitment to the Rose Tree Media School District."