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Brawley High board to discuss senior project appeals process

June 04, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The senior projects appeal process will be a topic of discussion when the Brawley Union High School District board meets on Wednesday.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in room 38 at the school.

District Superintendent Garth Isom said the senior projects are on the agenda as an information item to update the school board and community on the steps that can be taken to appeal when there is a problem with a students senior project. He said no action will be taken on the item.

The item was requested by board President Rodney Arterberry during the board's last meeting, at which senior projects became the focus of a three-hour discussion. While no action was taken, the majority of board members voiced support for the program. However, there was talk that the program is reviewed each year and changes can be made if deemed necessary.


The Brawley district is one of only two districts in the county that has a senior project as a graduation requirement. The other is the Calexico Unified School District.

Of a class of some 300 students — including students at the BUHS, Desert Valley High School and students in other special district programs — four will not graduate as a result of issues with their senior projects.

School officials said there are three major deadlines for the projects — when the paper is due, when the presentation must be given and when the physical project is due. If a student has a problem with any of those deadlines, the student can appeal through a counselor. An appeal panel will be brought together made up of a counselor, administrator and faculty member.

If the student wishes to appeal beyond that panel's decision, the matter would go to a school principal, then if necessary to the superintendent. The school board would have the final say on any appeal.

Along with the major deadlines there are other deadlines throughout the year that seniors must meet for their projects.

Civics teachers keep track of whether students are meeting deadlines. If a student is having problems he or she can go through an intervention process to help address issues.

School officials said the goal is to guide students through the project, not to make the project difficult.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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