The Corinth School District Board of Trustees adopted the early exit diploma requirements Monday night as part of the Excellence for All program, and it becomes an option for students during this school year. The requirements are rigorous, and school officials are not expecting a large number of students to pursue the option.
“I think it’s going to take a very special person to do it,” said Superintendent Lee Childress.
The Mississippi State Board of Education is requiring 17.5 credits for early exit, and the student would be put to the test on a number of exams to gauge readiness to move on to a college or career path.
“It’s not an easy task for us to be able to say that a child is college or career ready at the end of the 10th grade,” said Childress. “These students that meet this mark will have really stepped up to the plate and shown that they are ready.”
The district anticipates most who take this track would go to a community college and then one of the universities. Several students are on a track that would make it a possibility for them this year, the superintendent said.
There is no minimum age requirement.
“I don’t know how many people will take advantage of this because at 15 or 16 you could be talking about going to a community college,” said Childress.
A student leaving early for a vocational path would have the same requirements.
“While we once thought there was a difference between a college readiness measure and a career readiness measure, there is not really that much difference,” said Childress.
In construction updates, slabs are set to be poured at the softball complex within the next two weeks, and the turf has been ordered. On the Corinth Middle School gymnasium project, painting is being expanded to the entire gym rather than just the dressing areas, and the concession stand is getting a makeover including a metal roof.
The board also approved staffing recommendations including:
• Corinth Middle School: Bryant Tynes - teacher assistant; Nathan Wooley - assistant football coach; Debbie Shilito, Louanne Butler and Robert Young - interventionists
• Corinth Elementary School: Earl Campbell - custodian; Becky Lamberth - cafeteria worker; LeAnne McDonald - teacher assistant; Brenda Mitchell - supply teacher
• Corinth High School: Wesley Wood - supply teacher; Ashley Brooks - annual staff sponsor
• 21st Century Extended Day Program at Corinth Elementary School: Jennifer Dickerson - site coordinator; teachers - Brook Shoup, Amy Chandler, Abigail Strickland, Breonica Porter, Cindy Wilbanks, Jennifer Taylor, Allison Cornelius, Angela Dickerson, Haley Bingham, Rich Hinton, Michelle Roby
• 21st Century Extended Day Program at Corinth Middle School: Teachers - Sarah Beth Byrd, Melanie Roby, Ramona Kinney, Sue Settle, Dana McLain, Christopher Barnes, Morgan Bradley, Katherine Dobbins, Janet Hurst
• 21st Century Extended Day Program bus drivers: Charles Holloway, Sylvester Lester, Tammy Blakney
• Substitutes for classrooms, cafeterias and student workers, etc.: LeAnne McDonald, Earl Campbell, Nyshenia Hollowell, Brittney Peters