The Nevada school board approved a change Monday to its seminar policy for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.


Last year, students had to achieve a C or better in all classes to earn privileges of an ‘open campus’ during the middle of the school day. This year, students must earn a B– or better in all classes to earn that privilege.


Freshmen and sophomores earning the B- or better will be allowed to go to commons during seminar time, while juniors and seniors whose parents have signed permission, are allowed to leave campus. This privilege can be revoked for disciplinary reasons, unexcused absences and/or tardies.


Superintendent Dr. Steve Gray told the board that the reason for this is feedback from some teachers that students are ‘settling’ with a C grade, despite the fact that with standards-based grading, students have opportunities to re-take examinations.


Also present at the evening’s meeting were vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Kevin Cooper and six Nevada students who recently attended an FFA event in Washington, D.C. In addition to seeing some of the sights that the nation’s capital has to offer, the students met with other members of FFA chapters from around the country to exchange ideas about what they are doing to improve their communities and themselves. After speaking with peers from other areas, the students agreed that the Nevada FFA chapter was one of the best in the Midwest.


Students also learned leadership skills and came back with ‘Living to Serve’ plans to help their community. Some of these LTS plans include participating in a support system for veterans and their families and beautifying some of the small towns and rural areas in the region by cleaning up litter wherever possible.


“It’s neat to see young people put this much time into school and leadership,” said Cooper. “This is one of those things where you look back and this could make a big difference in your life.”


In other news, a trial was set to begin this week between a former school employee and the Nevada School District. In light of this, Dr. Gray said he would not be available until probably the end of this week.


A joint city and school board meeting will be held on July 19 at City Hall.