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District Proposes New Eligibility Guidelines

Mrs. Kovalewsk BERWICK – District administrators proposed increased eligibility requirements for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities at its most recent meeting.

District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart stated that increasing academic standards for activity participants has been discussed in the past due to the virtually non-existent standards imposed by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA.) School Board Directors Larry Clausen and Jon Morell voiced support for increased standards and committed to continued review and discussion with the intent of passing a new policy in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Brookhart stated that the proposal was being provided at this early date to give directors and administrators time for review and discussion.  The proposal would require students to maintain a “C” or better average of all course grades in order to maintain eligibility. Students would also become ineligible if they were failing 2 classes or more.

The first time a student fell below the standard, they would be entered into mandatory remediation.  Ineligibility would follow if the student did not diligently participate in the remedial program and/or did not increase their grades to the established level.

High School Principal Jill Shipman would assume responsibility for implementation of the new policy. School Board President and Academic Hall of Fame Member Maryann Kovalewski has continually expressed support for the increased academic rigor the district has instituted over the last several years.

Directors and administrators are expected to continue discussions of the proposed change at their upcoming meetings. The Berwick Area School District holds a regular public School Board meeting on the second Monday of every month in the Board Conference Room at 500 Line Street in Berwick. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.