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The board also denied a request for a hearing about grading systems at the district’s two high schools.

Jesse Renn, a senior at Floyd Central High School, and his father Neal, said since the grades at his school aren’t weighted the same way they are at New Albany High School, Jesse didn’t qualify for a scholarship at Indiana University.

Boone said he admired the fact that Neal had followed the proper channels in the chain of command up to the board, but didn’t appreciate the negative media attention sought by Neal after he was told the grading systems would not change.

He also said by changing the system, the class rankings of students could shift to negatively affect high-achieving students and that might open them up to litigation.

The board voted against giving the Renns a hearing, with Cotner and Becky Gardenour, board member, voting to allow it. Whaley abstained from the vote.

After the meeting, Jesse Renn said students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses, but the weighting system gives students at New Albany High School a decidedly higher point advantage.

Boone said the family knew the grading system would have a different effect on the class of 2013, but that the district was still trying to help Jesse Renn get the scholarship.

He said Louis Jensen, director of high schools, has written letters to Indiana University on his behalf explaining what the GPA would look like if it were weighted at New Albany High School.

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