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Bridge reopening delayed

Reopening of the Indian Rocks bridge on State Road 688 will be delayed a day, until 6 p.m. Friday. Wayne L. Hefty, director of public works for Indian Rocks Beach, said last weekend's rains interrupted work on the bridge, which has been closed since June 19 and had been scheduled to reopen Thursday. Hefty said the bridge is still scheduled to be closed again for 10 days, from 6 a.m. July 5 through 6 a.m. July 15. During closing of the bridge, traffic to and from the mainland is being rerouted south to the Park Boulevard Bridge and north to the Belleair Causeway.

Graduation program to move

The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday agreed to move the Early Graduation Option program to Osceola High School in Seminole. It had been housed at Boca Ciega High in Gulfport. The decision will make room at Boca Ciega for incoming students in the school's medical magnet program and will help offset declining enrollment at Osceola. The board also decided to make Boca Ciega the testing ground for an experiment next year aimed at learning whether students do better when exam exemptions are tied to grades rather than attendance. Boca Ciega students also will have a chance to improve their grades simply by showing up at school. During this experiment, Boca Ciega students who get an A or a B will be able to opt out of all of their end-of-semester exams, regardless of their attendance record. In addition, students with a C will be able to exempt out of final exams if they have perfect attendance and if the teacher allows. Students with D or lower would not be able to exempt. The current district policy allows exemptions only if attendance is good and limits the number of exams that can be exempted. To keep attendance up, Boca Ciega will allow students who have three or fewer absences to add 1 percent to 4 percent of their numeric grade to their final grade in a course as a reward for attendance.

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