Parents want students to be recognized

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - For almost two thousand Muscogee County students, this is one of the best weeks of their lives. And, it will end 13 years of school work with a walk across a stage at graduation.

There are some students who pass all their classes but will not get to walk.  Students that do not pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test make up about 8 percent of the seniors in MCSD, or 171 students.

The Muscogee County School District holds two ceremonies each year. One at the end of the school year. And another in the summer for those seniors that take summer school to pass all required classes.

The 171 students that will re-take the GHSGT in July will not be recognized by the School Board.  Their diploma will be mailed to them.

Parents and students brought up the issue at the School Board Meeting on Monday night.

Vicky Cothran spoke with News Leader Nine about her frustration with the board. "There should be a ceremony to let the school board tell these kids 'Hey, you did a good job. You didn't drop out of high school, you didn't get your GED. You stuck with us and we will stick with you. But, they are not doing that. It is frustrating to see our daughter who has been in school 12-13 years have the dream of walking across stage and shaking board members' hands, the superintendent's hand, and now that dream is gone."

In a 5-3 vote Monday night, the board shut down Mark Cantrell's motion to create another ceremony for these students.

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