The following was among actions taken at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES -- The board approved stricter academic requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities next fall, requiring them to maintain a C average and fail no more than one course during a grading period.
Currently, students are ineligible to participate in clubs or sports if they fail one course, but there is no overall grade average requirement.
The new standard, approved on a 5-to-3 vote, is among the strictest in the Washington area. Howard County has enacted similar requirements. In the District, Prince George's County and Alexandria, students must maintain at least a C average, but students who fail more than one course may still particpate. In Anne Arundel County, students must maintain at least a D-plus average, with no more than one failing grade. Prince William County students must pass at least five classes each grading period and earn at least a C in two of those classes. In Arlington, students must take at least five courses that count as credit toward graduation and pass all of them.
Montgomery County School Board members James E. Cronin, Sharon Di Fonzo, Blair Ewing, Bruce Goldensohn and Marilyn Praisner voted for the new standard, while board President Robert E. Shoenberg, member Catherine Hobbs and student member David Chang opposed it.