Pasco County, FL— A school district may do away with naming Valedictorians and Salutatorians for high school graduation.
If approved the new system would begin with the incoming freshman class.
Being class Valedictorian is something some students look forward to for most of their high school career. Eliminating that honor could crush dreams but school officials explains that the concept is outdated and not always fair.
"Every year it gets worse," admits Superintendent Kurt Browning. "It's a short period of time because we tell all of the kids who the Val and Sal are and moms and dads find out and they find out they only miss being valedictorian by a hundredth of a point and the one that beat them out was taking some class that didn't matter."
Browning thinks a new system would recognize more students with top grades.
The system would use Latin terms signifying honors, high honors and highest honors. A similar method to college level honors.
The program would also adjust how students would qualify for honor roll.
The school board is set to make a decision at next month's meeting on August 5th.
Parents will have a chance to weigh in on the issue before the final vote.
A school district may do away with naming Valedictorians and Salutatorians for high school graduation.