Board to review, revise DE policy

Published 10:30 am Friday, July 28, 2017

The Franklin City School Board agreed during its Wednesday meeting to review and revise its policy on Dual Enrollment courses. This came after an update presented by Kelvin Edwards Sr., assistant superintendent, and Kelly Conway, who coordinates federal program for the Franklin City Public School system.

Following three collaborative meetings, they made the following recommendations:

• Increase the Grade Point Average from 2.0 to 3.3 for students who would like to take dual enrollment courses. They must maintain a 3.3 overall GPA to enroll in additional DE classes.

• The school division splits the cost 50-50 for each dual enrollment course up to four courses as stated in policy.

• Parents will pay 100 percent of tuition after four DE classes, per policy.

• Financial scholarship will be available for students that can’t pay the 50 percent after the fourth DE course.

• Solicit financial pledges

“We’re working to come up with solutions, said Edwards, adding that budget constraints have been an issue.

Ward 1 board member Rebecca Jester asked about the current policy, and was directed to what’s posted online at For those details, see the sidebar.

Bob Holt, who was reelected as chairman — Andrea Hall-Leonard also stays on as vice chairman — said the subject is a “complicated issue.” He praised all involved in reexamining it.

“Open dialogue will continue,” said Supt. Tamara Sterling. “We’re moving back to following the policy.”

In other business:

The board approved the following fees at the high school:

• Band Instrument Rental Fee – $30

• Band Instrumentalist Uniform Fee – $40

• Band Auxiliary Uniform Fee – $60

• Concert Band Jacket Fee – $10

• Transcript Fee – $6

• Senior Dues – $55

• Behind the Wheel Driver Education – $95

• Parking Decals – $10

• Locker Fee – $5