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City Commission honors Largo High for first A grade

LARGO — Largo High School got a great grade for the 2011-12 academic year, and the City Commission took notice.

At its Jan. 22 meeting, the commission commended the school for its first state-awarded A grade. Commissioners presented principal Bradley Finkbiner with a plaque to honor the achievement.

In the year prior, Largo High got a B. Before that, it received C's and D's.

Finkbiner said the turnaround was all thanks to the work and dedication of the staff and the school's former principal, Marjorie Sundstrom, who retired over the summer.

"It was fun to give them some good news, and they deserved it," Finkbiner said in a phone interview. "We're not done yet. We're going to continue to do some great things, and we believe that our staff and scholars are going to come with us and raise the bar even higher."

An International Baccalaureate program was added at Largo High during the 2011-2012 school year.

The state began giving out school grades in 1999. While the grading system originally relied exclusively on student scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, additional factors such as graduation rates are now included.

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