Recently the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 2402. The bill has a direct impact on graduation requirements levied on all school districts in the state. Since the class of 2008, state graduation requirements have included 20 credits among a specified distribution of subjects, a high school and beyond plan, and a culminating project.

Passage of HB 2402 eliminates the mandatory requirement of the culminating project for the class of 2015 and beyond, however  local school districts are still given discretion as to whether or not to continue with the project. Currently the culminating project is in board policy #2410.

After much discussion and evaluation of public comment, the Deer Park School District Board of Directors has determined that graduation requirements for the class of 2015 will remain unchanged. We feel that an issue as important as this requires proper attention and does not merit a hasty decision. Any change in graduation requirements will require a policy change and we believe that it is important to fully weigh all options before changing district policy.

Moving forward, a committee will be established to study the issue and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors in January 2015 in order to facilitate any changes for the 2015-16 school year. More information regarding formation of the committee and related timelines will be available on the District website prior to the end of this school year. In the meantime, if you would like to share any input with the board, please contact one or all of the board members. E-mail addresses and phone numbers for board members are listed on the District’s website at www.dpsd.org.