CLOVER -- An easy senior year may become a thing of the past in Clover.
School district officials are working on a new set of graduation standards for Clover High School students to encourage students to take more, and more challenging, classes to better prepare for college. Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne asked Clover High Principal Tommy Schmolze and Assistant Superintendent Ron Wright to develop a graduation policy requiring more than the state mandated 26 credits.
"We do many things well," Sosne said during last week's board meeting. "Raising expectations academically is one area we can improve."
Sosne said too many students coast through their senior years taking only a couple of classes having earned 24 of the needed credits within the first three years of high school.
Sosne also wants to encourage students to take honors classes offered at high school.
Board member Bob Magee also suggested offering more classes through the district's Applied Technology Center in addition to raising the standards.
Once the policy is completed, Sosne plans to start with incoming freshmen, "so they have these new standards going in," he said.
Schmolze also added starting with seniors next year would require as many as 17 to 19 new teachers to accommodate the additional class load. With four years to plan for more senior classes, the district would be able to handle the additional stresses more easily.