Principal, assistant schools chief due to defend number of remedial classes at FGHS

Top school district administrators are due to explain Monday why they support additional remedial classes for underperforming students at Forest Grove High School.

In a report long awaited by parents upset over declining elective choices and rising numbers of 'workshop' classes at FGHS, assistant superintendent John O'Neill and principal Karen Robinson will be on the hot seat during Monday's regular school board meeting.

The board is expected to hear their presentation at about 7:10 p.m. According to the meeting agenda, which was released Monday, staff will 'detail background information for the development of the workshop classes, existing district policy and administrative rules, state diploma expectations, student performance data and current practice.'

Superintendent Yvonne Curtis, who has been criticized for leading the district toward a greater focus on testing and for endorsing a higher 'pass' bar than other districts on standardized exams administered in eighth grade, will present questions raised by the community on the topic. Board members are due to delve deeper into the subject of workshops during a work session set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.

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