Farwell improves in rankings

February 27, 2015

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Farwell Superintendent Carl Seiter reported that according to The Bridge Magazine’s 2014 Academic State Champs Ranking, “Farwell Area Schools improved significantly over the previous year and continues to demonstrate a solid educational program.”

Seiter said, “This year the district ranked 253rd out of 507 school districts statewide with Farwell Middle School ranked 210th out of 627 middle schools in the state. Farwell high School ranked 307th out of 552 schools, while Farwell Elementary was 374th out of 653 elementary schools.”

New business at the February 16 regular Board of Education meeting included course changes and a change with graduation requirements. “The plan is to add a college prep math course to better prepare students for dual enrollment math courses,” Seiter reported. “In addition, the Freshman Focus course for all incoming freshmen will no longer be required. With items covered in other freshman courses, this course became redundant as well as with the advanced placement of middle school students. The need to cover these items is not necessary for all freshman students,” Seiter reported. “The course will continue for students needing these skills, “he added.

The number of credits needed to graduate, 27.5, will remain the same, but the elimination of Freshman Focus .5 credit will increase elective credits by the same .5 credits.
Other business at the Farwell BOE meeting included:

*Recognition of the Students of the Month: 9th grader Jillian Yule, 10th grader April McKenzie, 11th grade Caitlyn Veasey and 12th grade Austin LaLone.
*The first reading of updates of the NEOLA policies.
*Approval of an overnight trip for five potential qualifying members of the wrestling team March 5 and 6 to the state wrestling competition at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
*A report from Seiter on the Professional Development days and on the school improvement process.

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