ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming school board unanimously approved graduation requirements for fifth-year seniors at its meeting Monday.
Board Trustee David Leverton read through the graduation requirements that the Curriculum Committee came up with. Included are that the student is in good standing, takes a full load of classes, completes the Michigan Merit requirements and finish in nine or 10 semesters to receive a diploma. The students who complete the fifth year will be allowed to participate in graduation at the end of the year.
"I feel like there's no reason not to include this," Leverton said. "This gives a student another option other than dropping out or going to the alternative high school in Marquette."
A student that asks for a fifth year will be interviewed by the committee and then must be approved by the board to continue their education.
The board also unanimously approved the authorization for business manager Anthony Bertucci to dispose of surplus equipment, including such things as tables, chairs, student desks and office items at the C.L. Phelps School. Teachers will be allowed to go through the items and take anything that they might need for their classrooms before the items are sold.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.