Principal: 10 percent of class may not graduate

GLOVERSVILLE – Gloversville High School plans to graduate 195 seniors June 22, but the school principal said recently about 10 percent of the class may not graduate this school year.

Principal Richard DeMallie said of the pool of potential GHS graduates, about 77 of them are considered academically “at-risk” students.

DeMallie told the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education some of the at-risk students are in the 66 to 68 percent grade-point average range.

Typically, the principal said, about 10 percent of any planned senior class don’t quite make it to graduation.

Senior Sarah Ellis, the board’s student member, said she has talked with some students who are in danger of failing to graduate. She said they indicated to her they are trying hard to meet their requirements.

“It’s good to hear that,” Ellis said.

DeMallie noted many of graduates are headed toward some exciting opportunities after graduation.

“I was able to look at 100 exit surveys,” he said.

DeMallie broke down the plans of those 100 graduates this way: going to four-year colleges – 30; two-year colleges – 50; technical schools – five; employment and the military – five; and undecided – 10.

“These students are achievers,” DeMallie said. “[But], they are getting lazy at the end.”

GHS will hold its graduation at 10 a.m. June 22 in the school gym.

In other business:

DeMallie said GHS will undergo a lockdown drill next month.

Meco-McNab Elementary School Principal Jim Crawford told the board: “We are actively recruiting for our summer school.” He anticipated filling all eight staffers needed.

Crawford said he received “good input” from Gloversville Police Chief Donald VanDeusen following a recent lockdown at McNab.

Boulevard Elementary School Principal Thomas Komp said his school conducted a Science Fair and Art Show recently. He said there were about 1,000 pieces of students’ art in the show.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at