Superintendent receives good marks on evaluation

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By Jesse Osbourne


Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran received good grades from the Board of Education members during her annual evaluation. 

The board revealed the results of the evaluation during the regular scheduled meeting on May 21. 

“(The) consensus of the board is that Mrs. Cochran’s performance continues to be proficient and admirable, earning excellent to outstanding ratings,” according to an addendum presented at the meeting. 

- Washington County Elementary School Principal DeVona Hickerson was listed as having resigned on the meeting agenda. 

- The board voted to abolish the Community Education Director and 21st Center Afterschool and Daycare Project Director positions. 

Cochran said via email that Jaclyn Jones, who held those positions, resigned. 

The positions will be merged into a position called “director of college, career and community services.”

Cochran said the position is posted, and will be for 30 days, which is required by law. 

“The position changed from classified to certified and an administrative certification is required.,” Cochran said. “This person will work with principals and students in regards to (college and career readiness) and supervise others.”

- The board also passed the first reading of a policy that could change the grading scale for all grade levels. 

The policy will require a second reading for it to be implemented in the school system.

Under the new policy, students with a grade of 90 to 100 would receive an A, 89 to 80 would receive a B, 79 to 70 would receive a C, 69 to 60 would receive a D and 59 and below would receive an F. 

Under the current grading policy, students with a grade below 70 would receive an F. 

Advanced Placement  (AP) courses could also carry more weight in a student’s grade-point average (GPA). 

An A in a non-AP would receive four points, whereas an A in an AP course would receive five points. 

According to the policy, the total quality points would determine the final class rank order. 

If the policy passes, students could also be recognized at graduation according to the Latin Honors system. 

If the policy passes, the Latin system would take effect with the class of 2016.

Students with a 3.5 to 3.749 GPA would receive cum laude honors, students with a 3.75 to 4.099 GPA would receive magna cum laude honors and students with a 4.1 and above GPA would earn summa cum laude honors. 

“No student will be identified as class ‘valedictorian’ or ‘salutatorian’ for academic standing; however, each high school will select through a process developed by their school, graduating student(s) to speak as representative(s) of their class at the graduation ceremony,” according to the first reading of the policy. 

The next regular scheduled meeting is June 18 at 7 p.m. at central office.