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The Pequea Valley School District Board of Directors during a meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, reviewed proposed updates to the school’s graduation requirements, including one that would let students add online classes to their course load.

During a committee meeting Aug. 5, board members discussed a new draft of a policy on graduation requirements which included how online courses would be accepted for graduation credits.

Under the proposed changes, high school students could take approved online courses from institutions other than Pequea Valley at their own expense, according to director of curriculum and development Rich Eby.

Unless they get permission from the principal, students cannot take online courses if the same class is already offered by Pequea Valley.

If the board approves the revised policy, the high school principal could also make other online course exceptions on an individual basis.

Another proposed provision allows students who finish required courses before the end of their senior year and then continue as a full-time or part-time students or be considered, "graduated."

Also, the proposed changes would turn the current graduation project into a "graduation experience," which could include volunteer hours.

Board president Bryant Ferris said because of revisions made to the first reading of the policy, the night's review would be considered, "a second first reading."

The board will look at the policy again at a future meeting.

In other matters, board members:

• Learned from board member Mike Sage that the new scoreboard will be installed for the fall season, but not likely for the first football game. Superintendent Erik Orndorff also said the high school marching band has new uniforms.

• Accepted IDEA-B federal grant funds from Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 in the amount of $358,789, including a $276,926 direct pass-through and $81,863 provided to the district.

• Agreed to a contract with Trane to rebuild chillers at the intermediate and high school as well as Salisbury Elementary at $291,621.

• Approved a $1,755 contract with PA-Educator.net to provide access to professional employment online applications.

• Agreed to continue having Dr. William Vollmar with Primary Care Sports Medicine of Diamontoni and Associates serve as the school physician at an annual rate of $5,000.

• Heard agenda topics for the Sept. 2 committee meeting, which include an update on moving sixth grade to the Paradise and Salisbury elementary schools, seventh and eighth grade scheduling, Wisdom Wednesdays and the graduation experience.

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