With the Ascension Parish school district’s first senior class in its early college program set to graduate in May, the School Board will be considering a new policy that addresses how valedictorians and salutatorians will be selected.

The Early College Option program at River Parishes Community College lets public high school students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associates’ degree.

Lisa Bacala, director of secondary education for the school district, told board members at a policy committee meeting Tuesday that some parents of students not in the program worried their children would be at a disadvantage in the opportunity to take heavily weighted courses, while some parents of students enrolled in the program said their children had expected to be fully included in all school activities.

After meeting recently with board members, administrative staff and principals, Bacala proposed that “we would pull out and hand-calculate (student grades) from classes that are common” to both campuses.

The board will vote on the proposal, approved by the Policy Committee, at its July 5 meeting.

The School Board on Tuesday also recognized longtime Knights of Columbus volunteers Keith and Cydney Gautreau, a couple who has worked many years on an annual recognition for public and private school teachers of the year.

The evening event, hosted by the four local Knights of Columbus posts in the parish, features a full-course meal.

“It’s the people behind the scenes, like Miss Cydney and Mr. Keith, who make that night a very special night for all of our teachers,” said A. Denise Graves, the interim superintendent.