Act now

Published 8:47 am Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Last week, a committee that is composed of local educators and headed by Franklin Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Rick Clemons was told to huddle once again and come up with a new recommendation about possibly raising the minimum grade point average requirement for extracurricular participants from 1.25 to 2.0.

The Franklin School Board wasn’t happy with the group’s second proposal, which would require students to maintain a minimum 1.75 grade point average in order to participate in extracurricular activities.

In December, that same committee’s advice was rejected when the members suggested raising the minimum GPA incrementally from 1.25 to 1.5 in the 2009-10 school year and to 1.75 the following year.

We have been hard-pressed to find a member of the Franklin School Board who is vehemently opposed to raising the GPA all the way up to 2.0.

Why can’t this board then get together and do just that? Why saddle the committee with the responsibility when all involved seem to know that any suggestion other than a 2.0 at the end is going to result in dismissal?

The committee, despite all its hard work and determination, is unnecessary.

The Franklin School Board knows what it wants to do and should quit dawdling and just do it.