By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
By incorporating Student Service Learning projects into the middle school curriculum, Washington County school officials hoped to ensure all students would have their required 75 hours by the time they got to high school.
That approach, however, seemed to have a flaw, said William B. McKinley, director of secondary education.
"We think, in a way, that invades the spirit of what service learning is all about," said McKinley, who felt a mix of in-school and individual volunteer hours should be required to meet the state graduation requirement.
Under a revamped plan approved by the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night, students will have to earn 15 hours of credit through individual service projects in addition to the 60 hours of credit they'll get in school, McKinley said.