| By Jason C. Mattox
A regular attendee at the North Panola School District Board of Trustees voiced concerns about the grading system during Monday night’s meeting.
Julius Harris told board members that several students at North Panola High School and their parents had approached him about problems.
"A child and a parent have every right to know how a teacher is going to arrive at their grade," he said. "It shouldn’t be something that surprises them when they get a test back."
Harris then asked trustees why the teachers did not tell the students and their parents what the grading system would be at the beginning of the school year.
"It should be specifically outlined as to what each test and paper are going to be worth," he said. "The teachers should even explain what classroom participation will count towards their final grade."
Harris said students and parents are concerned about grades.
"At several meetings, you all have voiced your concerns about our children’s progress in the classroom," he said. "Our students and parents are just as concerned as you are."
Harris also said the students and parents in the school district have the right to know a teacher’s qualifications.
"Under the No Child Left Behind laws, people have the right to know the qualifications of the people who are offering instruction to our children in the classroom," he said.
Harris said parents should be able to meet the teachers and become familiar with them.
"Here we are almost halfway through the school year, and there are teachers that parents haven’t even laid eyes on," he said.
Harris said the parents would be able to meet the teachers if the teachers would attend PTO meetings regularly.
"The last time the North Panola PTO met, the school was locked and there was no teacher there," he said. "If the teachers don’t have an interest in meeting the people of the community, we can drop the ‘T’ and just have a parent’s organization."
Board members took no action regarding the information provided.
| In other board business:
|| The board accepted the resignations of Neicely Brooks, band director; Debbie West, special education teacher at Green Hill; and David Orr, bus driver.
|| Kiwanis Flowers, Toyal Flemmons, Xavier Johnson and Warner Scott were hired by the district pending certification. Flowers and Flemmons will serve as teachers at Green Hill, Johnson will teach keyboarding at NPHS, and Scott will serve as band director.