DANVILLE — Danville school board members on Wednesday approved boosting high school graduation requirements over a two-year period, starting with next year's freshmen.
Currently, students must earn 40 credits to graduate.
The credit requirement will increase to 42 starting with the Class of 2017, which begins high school in the fall. It will increase to 44 starting with the class of 2019.
The increases don't apply to current students.
In addition, one of the additional credits must be in science, which will give students another semester in that area. Currently, students must have at least eight in English, six in math, five in social studies and only four in science to graduate.
In other business, the board ratified a three-year contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399, AFL-CIO, which represents about 90 kitchen helpers and assistant managers.
Under the contract, which is retroactive to July 1, members' base pay will increase 60 cents an hour this year, 25 cents an hour during the second year and 20 cents an hour during the third year.
The increases are estimated to cost the district an additional $28,785 each year.
Kitchen helpers will receive an additional level to the salary schedule after two years of service, and assistant managers will receive an additional level between their first and fourth year of service and between their fifth and ninth year of service.
All members who are eligible for health insurance will begin contributing to their individual coverage. They will pay $10 a month this year, $11 a month during the second year and $12 a month during the third year.