CCISD superintendent will determine high schools' valedictorian, salutatorian

Solomon Cole's Class of 2020 will graduate today
Posted at 7:02 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 01:23:13-04

The end of the school year is just around the corner and several seniors are waiting for their class rank as they finalize their paperwork for college. With the Coronavirus impacting the school year, and time running out, the Corpus Christi ISD School Board has come up with a plan.

Typically, valedictorian and salutatorian honors go to highest ranking students in the graduating class. Monday evening however, the CCISD school board approved a resolution allowing the district's Superintendent to determine those honors in accordance to state law

The resolution will also allow Dr. Roland Hernandez, the district's superintendent, to determine how students will be ranked this school year. The vote had to be taken because a state of emergency was declared in Texas.

For this year's school year, Dr. Hernandez' choice for those honors will be determined based on the students' grades earned during the school year. It will primarily affect seniors who are applying to college right now and graduating very soon.

"I think he should use the ranks and everything that we had in January," said Samantha Perez, a Veterans Memorial High School Senior. "Because that only seems fair. That was the last rank we had out. I think the people who are in that first and second spot should get it."

In a statement from CCISD, they also tell us district officials will present Dr. Hernandez with a proposal for determining rank for the class of 2020. The district expects a plan to be approved within two weeks.

Graduation for the CCISD class of 2020 is scheduled for May 29th and May 30th. If the district cannot hold their graduations at that time because of COVID-19, they'll be pushed back to late July.