The Knox Community School Board heard a request from High School Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff concerning the number of credits needed for a general diploma. Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the request was to lower the required credits from 46 to 42.
“We would have the same requirements for Math and Language Arts that the state requires; this just affects elective areas. It gives students a chance to explore other vocational classes where they wouldn’t have to repeat a class they had had trouble with earlier. If they need to take a study hall to get through the classes they are taking they can do that because study halls don’t earn credits. They would still be able to graduate on time,” explained Gappa.
Academic, Core 40 and Technical Honors diploma credits will remain at 46.
Gappa said lowering the credits puts Knox schools in line with other area schools in terms of general diploma credits.
The board simply discussed the request and Gappa anticipates the matter will be brought up at the school board’s next meeting on April 15.