CLNTON — The East Feliciana Parish School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved lowering minimum academic requirements for athletes during 2011-12 from a 2.0 grade-point average to 1.5.
For the 2012-13 school year, the board plans to review the policy and determine if it wants to return to 2.0.
Superintendent Douglas Beauchamp told the board during a special meeting that the reason for temporarily lowering the “C” average requirement to a minimum of 1.5 is that two parish policies — the Pupil Progression Plan and the School Board Plan — are in direct conflict.
Beauchamp said the board’s policy requires athletes to maintain a 2.0 gpa in their courses to remain eligible to participate in extracurricular and/or athletic activities, and must pass at least six units, including any special education subjects.
At the same time, the parish Pupil Progression Plan has determined that a “C” average ranges from a 1.5 gpa to 2.4.
He said he only discovered the conflict recently.
Beauchamp also noted that the state’s statute and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s rule also require athletes to maintain a “C” average but it is up to the local districts to determine how a “C” average is figured.
Beauchamp said local coaches have said the parish could lose up to two-thirds of its players if the “C” average academic requirement of 2.0 is not lowered.
Board president Michael Bradford said the reality is some students can maintain a 2.0 average and some cannot.
“We can almost ditch the football team if the 2.0 requirement remains in place,” said Bradford.
PERSONNEL: The board, following a 55-minute executive session, approved some of Beauchamp’s recommendations to terminate personnel at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Members agreed to terminate Shelita Bailey, JAG specialist, and Kent Mastainich, and Michala Ward, both teachers at East Feliciana Middle School. They rejected Beauchamp’s recommendation to terminate Cranesha Betrece, teacher at East Feliciana Middle.
The board also approved Michelle Williams as a master teacher at the East Feliciana Middle for the 2011-12 school year.