Knowing Washington County parents the way he does, William B. McKinley said he felt confident predicting they would make sure their children finished their 75-hour Student Service Learning requirement.
"I just had faith that they would pull it off in the last few months. And they did," said McKinley, director of secondary education for the school system.
As of April 15, 164 of the roughly 1,071 public high school seniors - a little more than 15 percent - still hadn't turned in enough Student Service Learning hours to earn a diploma, according to local program coordinator Fred Jacobs.
By the end of the school year, all but eight seniors had turned in the state-required hours, McKinley said.
Those eight also had failed academic subjects required to graduate, he said.
"So no one was kept from graduating because of the service learning requirement," McKinley said.
Because they still have academic credits to earn, all eight of those students can continue working toward the service learning requirement as long as they're enrolled in summer school, he said.