THAYER -- Thayer High School received A+ designation April 18 with a vote of the Missouri State School Board at their meeting in Jefferson City. Thirty-three schools over the state received designation that day.
According to Thayer High Schools A+ Coordinator Donna Franz, this makes a total of 171 schools statewide to have A+ designation, approximately 35 percent of the schools in the state.
A+ designation will allow graduating seniors of those schools to receive reimbursement for tuition and books at Missouri community colleges and vocational/technical schools, including SMSU-West Plains.
"Thayer will have approximately 27 seniors who will qualify for those benefits. This could amount to more than $400,000 for these students over a two-year period," Franz said. She said in order to qualify, students must have attended an A+ school for three consecutive years, have a 2.5 GPA, 95 percent attendance over four years, 50 hours of tutoring for younger students and a record of good citizenship.