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Slater Board of Education dispels dual-credit myths

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Public concerns about the future of dual credit courses were voiced by members of Slater School Board during its meeting Tuesday, June 22.

Members clarified that dual credit courses are classes in which a student can earn college credit hours in addition to satisfying high school credits. A misconception of these classes is that students are overloaded with a combination of high school and college curriculums, whereas dual credit provides one curriculum and rewards students with college credits.

Dual credit offered in the district is owned by Central Methodist University. If credit for these courses is earned in high school, CMU will accept them. The board clarified that not all schools will.

"It's a common misconception," Superintendent John McEachern said.

Faculty and counselors encourage families to check with colleges they may be interested in to verify the acceptance of credits.

The board also acknowledged that the district is not axing dual credit and pushing students towards advanced placement courses, stating A.P. is an additional program in order to benefit students who choose it.

Other news covered at the meeting included an approval to sell General Obligation Funds in order to zero out Special Funds.

Qualified school construction bonds reach nearly $518,000. A representative with L.J. Hart stated that the district could sell at zero percent interest to a local bank and save $288,000.

Should a sinking fund be invested in, tax payers would save and additional $32,000.

The school district currently has an AA+ rating on bonds. Likewise, they will close and have bond money on July 15.

Updates on buildings continue throughout the summer. An air conditioning compressor was replaced along with a thermostat. Workers are repairing water damages, repainting classrooms and hallways, and a leaking boiler prompted to board to seek estimates for repairs.

The board also discussed the approval of core standards by the State Board of Education.

"We want to give more opportunities to the kids," McEachern said.

McEachern stated several board members will attend a symposium Monday, June 28, to gain insight on the new standards and how they may affect curriculum.

"Hopefully little to none," McEachern said, referring to a possible affect. The state calls for specific course minimums, however the board is the only entity that dictates a curriculum plan.

More information on advanced placement courses can be found online at www.collegeboard.com.

The board's next meeting will be held June 30 at 12 p.m., pending member schedules, to close the books for 2009-2010 school year.

Contact Sarah Reed at marshallreporter@socket.net

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www.slaterpublicschools.net



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