The Central York school board approved a grading system Monday that keeps the same weighting policies as in past years for students taking dual enrollment classes.

The approval comes after the board struck down a proposal in a 5-4 vote in June that would have stopped weighting the classes taken at local colleges; it also would have stopped including grades for those classes in a student's GPA calculation.

Those are known as dual enrollment classes, and the change was proposed because York College, Penn State York and HACC's York campus do not provide numerical grades to Central.

Under the approved policy, students who received an "A" in a dual enrollment class have automatically received a 100 percent for GPA calculations.

Also under the policy, dual enrollment classes will receive a 1.2 weighting, the same as in previous years. Other class weights remained the same as well: honors, Advanced Placement and College in the Classroom classes will receive 1.1, 1.2 and 1.2 weighting, respectively.

Several parents and community members spoke at the June meeting to protest the proposed change, saying changing the policy would not encourage students to challenge themselves by taking more difficult courses.

One student, Mercy Harris, said the existing grading policy creates an "artificial grade boost" for students who earn lower grades but are rewarded with the maximum possible percentage for that letter grade. For example, a student who earns a 71 percent in a class at a local college will receive a 79 in his or her Central York record.

The board voted 5-2 to approve the policy, with board members Eric Wolfgang and Deborah Myers absent.

Board member Karl Peckmann voted against the policy, saying the grade boost was the only reason people spoke at board meetings about the issue, not about the college experience or other benefits to dual enrollment classes.

"I must say I think Miss Harris made the most sense," he said.

Board member Timothy Bieber said he knows the board needs to move forward and pass the handbook for the fall, but voted against it because he supports the administration's original recommendation to change the policy.

"I think the opportunity to earn college credit is incentive," Bieber said.

Board member Michael Snyder voted for the policy, but said the board should talk with more students to understand the situation better.

"I don't disagree that we need to revisit this," he said.

- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.