Counselor's Mistake Means Some Students Did Not Graduate

POSTED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:24pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 9:57pm

EL PASO- A dozen Burges High School students are being told that despite walking across the stage last month and completing courses, an error by a counselor means they're not quite done.

A concerned parent called NewsChannel 9 today and told us that his daughter, who graduated in the top 10 percent of her class is now being asked to return to school as early as Monday to complete one more class.

The father said he received a phone call from Burgess High explaining that his daughter took a forensics class instead of a physics class. His daughter is currently vacationing in Phoenix and is preparing to attend St. Mary's University in two weeks. Sanchez is concerned that his daughter will not have time to complete the class.

EPISD released the following statement:

"We want to first apologize to each student for the inconvenience that this has caused.

Thanks to a diligent and dedicated counselor serving our students over the Summer Break, we have discovered that about a dozen students who graduated in June have errors on their transcripts that need our immediate attention. These errors are isolated to Burges High School. We are in the process of contacting the affected students.

Many of these students are getting ready to attend college or start their careers and we will work with them on an individual basis to get the matter resolved in an expeditious manner. The summer school program will be tailored to each of the students’ needs.

We will review the cause of the errors when school personnel return from Summer Break and take any appropriate action to correct this isolated situation."

Stay with NewsChannel 9 as we update you on the developments of this story.

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Several 2011 seniors were required to adhere to and complete a "Senior Contract" because of failing grades in a Pre-Cal class. They were required to attend Saturday tutoring sessions plus a certain number of additional tutoring hours; were also made to take and retake tests and quizzes in order fulfill their contracts or face not graduating. Many did but others didn't. Perhaps Burges administration was too focused on cleaning that mess up that they overlooked other important details.

This happened to me in reverse at Irvin High. I never walked for my graduation, and was told my diploma was never picked up when I showed up for summer school.This incident damaged my relationship with my parents and made my life very difficult at the time.I ended up dropping out of college my 1st year.2 years ago I finally graduated with a B.S. in Social Psychology at the age of 30. My new born son witnessed his dad finally walk for his graduation.THE DISTRICT SHOULD THINK THIS OUT CAREFULLY..

This is absolutely ridiculous! These students should not be held responsible for someone else’s mistake. They should have been informed that they were missing a class months ago!! What is this student, that graduated in the top 10% of her class, and is moving 8 hours away to go to college in 2 weeks supposed to do now? I can’t believe that something like this could happen.

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