Wareham School Committee mulls axing 'senior privileges'

By Matthew Bernat | Apr 26, 2017

“Senior privileges” may become a thing of the past at Wareham High School as School Committee members plan to take a closer look at the practice. The privileges allow 12th grade students who earn the right to leave school grounds during lunch and study periods.

On Wednesday, committee members reviewed a long list of policy updates when a routine vote on the practice sparked a wider discussion.

“For fear of being labeled the ‘mean mom,’ I’m not really in favor of senior privileges,” said committee member Joyce Bacchiocchi. “Students are in school for such a short while, I think they should use that time.”

Committee member Geoff Swett then asked Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood her thoughts on the privileges.

“I really don’t believe in senior privileges,” said Shaver-Hood. “I believe students are there to learn.”

Instead of approving the policy update, committee members tabled the issue. They will reexamine the matter and bring it back for a vote at a later date.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 27, 2017 20:25

Senior privileges have been around since I was in high school 30 years ago. Leave it alone. Make the standards higher if you must so that kids with a average of 80 or higher are eligible but taking it away seems silly.

Posted by: Knocked for six | Apr 28, 2017 07:02

With all the issues we have to deal with in the school system this tops the list?

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 28, 2017 07:35

I agree with upping the ante a bit... Hold the students to higher standards in order to receive said privileges. I'm a firm believer that not everyone should be getting participation awards and not every student deserves a prize.

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