Dual enrollment options explained

Marietta High School students will have more ways to earn college credit without leaving campus next year.

Tasha Werry, Race to the Top and Teacher Incentive Fund coordinator for the district, told board of education members during Monday’s regular board meeting at the district administrative offices that arrangements are in place for dual enrollment courses in English, Spanish and psychology to be offered in the 2013-14 school year. Students in the classes will earn both high school and college credit through Washington State Community College.

“The students can take the classes right on our campus, with our teachers,” Werry said.

The board must still give its approval to the arrangement, which has not been finalized due to uncertainty over the way dual enrollment and Post-Secondary Education Option classes will be funded by the state, she said. Gov. John Kasich’s initial budget proposal reduced reimbursement amounts to colleges, but a version approved last week by the House of Representatives restored them to the current formula. The bill still has to be approved by the Senate, and any differences reconciled with the House version.

In addition, the number of courses offering articulated college credits is expanding. MHS students can already earn articulated credits through some engineering and agriculture classes. Next year, that option will be available for certain courses in art and computer science as well.

In other business:

The district approved the resignation of Chinese instructor Hu Yalin, but Superintendent Harry Fleming said the Chinese program will continue.

Hu came to the district this year thanks to a program through the Ohio Department of Education and the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, a Chinese institution affiliated with that country’s Ministry of Education. The district had the option to continue the arrangement for up to two more years, but Hu opted to return to her home country.

“We would have loved to have had her stay. She’s done a lovely job for us,” said Fleming, adding that he believed homesickness played a part in Hu’s decision.

Marietta has been approved for another guest instructor next year, Fleming said.

The board will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday to approve bids for an expansion and renovation project designed to ensure students don’t have to leave the main building to attend any classes.

Also expected to be on the agenda is final approval of the 2013-14 school calendar. At the request of some families, the board is looking into making the Monday after Thanksgiving a day off because that’s the first day of hunting season, board President Greg Gault said.