ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A vote over whether or not to eliminate class rank and alter the criteria for selecting valedictorian and salutatorian is scheduled for the upcoming June 5 meeting of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County.
The public session of the Board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the sole purpose of voting on the potential changes. The board will then immediately go into close session. The public session of the meeting will resume at 10 a.m.
Currently the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian are reserved for the highest, and second-highest, academically ranked students, respectivelty, based on grade-point average.
The amendment proposing the charges was first adopted by the Board on May 15. It said that students who maintain a weighted GPA of 4.3 or higher after seven semesters, granting them summa cum laude honors, would be eligible to apply to be valedictorian and salutatorian. In the new system, a “winner” would be elected among the applying candidates based on character, leadership, scholarship, and service. The selection process would be determined by the Superintendent of Schools.
Those who cannot personally attend the meeting can watch it broadcast live on AACPS-TV – channel 96 or 996 on Comcast, channel 96 or 496 Broadstripe, and channel 36 or 1961 on Verizon – with rebroadcasts scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6 and 2 p.m. June 9. The meeting can also be viewed online, where all meetings are archived.