Region 1 blanketed by signs calling for ‘no’ vote at polls Budget foes cite grade policy 7

Region 1 blanketed by signs calling for ‘no’ vote at polls

Budget foes cite grade policy

REGION 1–Signs are sprouting up throughout the Region 1 towns urging voters to reject the 2018-19 proposed school budget even though the spending plan shows no increase from last year’s bottom line.

The group said to be responsible for the signs is hoping a no vote in the May 8 referendum will get the attention of school officials who they feel have been dismissive toward their complaints about the new grading system that doesn’t include failing grades.

The new grading system implemented in most of the region’s schools this year calls for those who receive a mark below 70 percent to receive an NYP, or not yet proficient. Students have many opportunities to raise their grades with tests and projects allowed to be redone until knowledge of the material presented is apparent.

Marshall Miles of Robin Hood Radio, an outspoken critic over the years of the school system’s operation, said the signs were created and put out by a group of parents and concerned citizens who have been vocal all year about how the system was implemented. They contend it was done too quickly, the teachers were not part of the process, some students are not working to their abilities because they know homework isn’t graded and are procrastinating about completing assignments.