The Stephenville board of trustees will meet Monday evening with a full agenda including a report over House Bill 5 and new graduation plans.

House Bill 5 gives the State Board of Education the decision-making authority in a number of areas related to new high school graduation requirements.

The decision, which go into effect beginning with the 2014-15 school year, will replace the minimum high school program, recommended high school program, distinguished achievement program and the foundation high school program.

However, students who are in grades 9-11 in the 2013-14 school year must be given a choice to graduate with the old programs.

Students under the new program will be required to choose an endorsement upon entering ninth grade.

The possible endorsements students can choose are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), business and industry, public services, arts and humanities and multi-disciplinary studies.

"This is going to be a positive change for students because for so long the state of Texas was pushing every student into the 4x4 program for math and science for college readiness," said Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd. "While it is a good thing it may not be the best thing for all students. THis program creates more flexibility for the students and infuses more opportunities for them to get involved in areas they're interested in."

The board will consider approving TEA waivers for early release days and professional development days for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Board documents show the board applied for three staff development days, two additional staff training days that will go toward reading/english language arts and mathematics and six early release days, which allow the district to conduct school for less than seven hours.