Over 100 Hannibal High School seniors are working toward qualifying for A+ Program benefits. Current juniors will find the qualification bar set a little bit higher, according to Maria Mundle, the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction.
“The class of 2015, in addition to meeting the 95 percent cumulative attendance, the 2.5 grade point average and the 50 hours of unpaid tutoring volunteer hours, will also have to score a proficient or advanced in the Algebra I end-of-course exam,” she said.
Currently 105 HHS seniors have indicated an interest in securing A+ benefits, which includes free tuition for two years to state community colleges or tech schools.
“These students haven’t yet finished,” said Mundle. “They haven’t met all the requirements yet, but I would expect most of them to meet all the eligibility requirements .”
If 105 HHS seniors do wind up A+ eligible, it would tie a district record set in 2009. The only other 100-plus eligibility total since 1999 came in 2010 when 104 made the grade.
Since 2010 the A+ total of students at Hannibal High has dropped to 82 in 2011 and 63 in 2012.
“What Mr. (Board Member Terry) Sampson and I were talking about was if the economy was a little tighter in 2009 and 2010 when we had more interest,” said Mundle. “What we’re seeing with our senior class is we’re right back there.”
The Board of Education approved the required A+ Program assurances.
In other business:
• Susan Johnson, assistant superintendent, reported that parent-teacher conferences will be taking place in the district between Monday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, depending on the school.
“We’re hoping for good participation percentages,” she said.
• Board members shared information gained during Safe Schools or the Missouri School Board Association Conference.
• Mundle reported the district has just learned it is the recipient of a grant of $96,332 from General Mills for use on various school projects.
• Superintendent Jill Janes told the board that district attendance in September was ahead of 2012.
• Bus routes for 2013-14 were approved.
• Board members were reminded that the Region 3 Fall Meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Mark Twain Elementary.