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Morgan considering updating graduation ceremony policy

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Starting with the Class of 2009, Morgan County students who do not complete graduation requirements may not get to participate in graduation ceremonies.

The Morgan County school board's policy committee is trying to update the system's policy manual and recommended the change. The board held a first reading of the proposed policy at its meeting last week and will consider it July 26.

School Improvement Specialist Mary Marquart is on the policy committee. She said Morgan County is the only area school system that lets students participate in graduation even if they haven't earned their diploma.

The exception in the new policy is for special education students with an individual education plan who earn a certificate of attendance or occupational diploma.

Marquart said committee members felt it's too late to impose the new regulation on this year's seniors, especially since the new policy isn't in the already printed student handbook.

"Once this is approved, we plan to send letters to all of the juniors so they are not surprised by the change," Marquart said.

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