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Starpoint residents request football field lights

BY: Rikki Cason | October 26, 2012

Lights could be apart of the future of the Starpoint High School football field.

During Monday’s board of education meeting Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said last school year he was approached by a resident who wanted to know the cost of placing lights up around the football field.

He said she contacted him again recently and learned a group of parents and community members are interested in fund-raising to make the lights a reality.

Board members agreed to take a look into the cost of buying and installing lights so they have a better idea of what needs to be raised.

“Games at night are a better experience,” said board member Joseph Miller.

Board member Gregory Saraf said lights would allow the field to not only be used for night football games, but for marching bands to perform and also organizations could use the field for charity walks and fund-raisers.

“It brings the community together,” said Whelan.

In other board news:

Director of Instruction, Assessment and Staff Development Sean Croft presented the various options of students who are not seeking an Advance Regents diploma.

Last month Croft spoke about a goal to get all students on the path to the higher degree. He explained they have eliminated several exits students once had that would take them off the Advance Regents path.

A Starpoint High School student would begin with integrated algebra. Once they pass they would then move on to geometry or could take another applied math course. Those applied course do not count towards an advance degree. A student seeking an advance degree needs to pass the integrated algebra, geometry and algebra two/trig Regents exams.

By eliminating the applied math courses, Croft said it has kept more students on track. He said they now offer an introduction to algebra two/trig class to offer an extra year to help more students prepare for the harder class.

Croft explained Monday for those students who do struggle in math, there are still classes they can take.

Croft said approximately 20 percent of students in each class struggle with math.

For those struggling students, they are given the option to take a split class, algebra one A as a freshman and algebra one B as a sophomore. There are also classes like math to live by and college prep math, which they can take in later grades if needed.

He said on the other end, about 20 percent are gifted in math and take algebra in eighth-grade, which opens their schedule to take ap calculus as a senior.

The Advance Regent goal is more for the 60 percent of students, which Croft said have no reason why they cannot “take a shot” at the advance classes.

He said if they fail, there is the math to live by class they have as a back up for their senior year.

For those that struggle in algebra one or geometry, they can take the intro to algebra two/trig class as a junior and then take algebra two/trig as a senior.

Currently, Starpoint is at 41 percent of their students receiving an Advanced Regents diploma. Graduation rates for the top 10 districts in the area averages 61 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.

“I know we can do better,” said Croft.

Starpoint has the goal of 60 percent by the 2013-2014 school year.

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