Basehor-Linwood to add new electives
As principal Steve Blankenship said, the bottom line behind an increase in graduation requirements for students at Basehor-Linwood High School is "it's good for kids."
"It's going to give them more opportunities to learn," Blankenship said. "They'll have the opportunity to earn six more (credits) than they actually need."
In March, the Basehor-Linwood School Board unanimously approved a proposal from high school administrators that increases the graduation requirements from 25 credits to 28 credits.
Blankenship said the new graduation requirements would be phased in beginning next school year.
For instance, he said next year's senior class will still need 25 credits to graduate. The junior class will need 26. Next year's freshmen class will need the newly required 28 credits.
The minimum number of credits required by the state of Kansas for graduation is 21.
Blankenship said regulations under the No Child Left Behind Act as well as increased requirements in core classes -- math, science and social studies -- from the Kansas Board of Regents have trimmed opportunities for students in elective classes.
In order to counterbalance the effects, high school administrators adjusted the school's day-to-day schedule by slightly reducing the lunch period, time in between classes and class time, which will allow the high school to offer another elective.