11/11/09 — Rosewood Middle School 20 test points for $20 fundraiser dollars halted

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Rosewood Middle School 20 test points for $20 fundraiser dollars halted

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on November 11, 2009 2:15 PM

A fundraiser allowing students at Rosewood Middle School to receive extra grade credit has been halted, district officials announced today.

School officials claim they were unaware of the fundraising plan, initiated by the school's parent advisory council after last year's candy drive failed.

According to the News & Observer on Wednesday, the council approached Principal Susie Shepherd with the idea of selling 20 test points to students for $20. The extra points could take a student from a "B" to an "A" on tests or from a failing grade to a passing one.

Ms. Shepherd approved the fundraiser, saying it would not make enough of an impact to change a student's overall grades.

Ken Derksen, public information officer for Wayne County Public Schools, said today the district had not been apprised of the fundraiser beforehand.

"Wayne County Public Schools and the Wayne County Board of Education do not condone any fundraiser or practice that allows extra grade credit to be purchased," he said.

"(Tuesday) afternoon, the district administration met with Mrs. Shepherd and directed that the following actions be taken: (1) the fundraiser will be immediately stopped; (2) no extra grade credit will be issued that may have resulted from donations; and (3) beginning Nov. 12, all donations will be returned.

"The district will continue its investigation into this matter and additional actions will be taken if deemed necessary," he stated in a press release.