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July 8, 2014

Dual Credit Policy topic at Marion BOE meeting

Maintenance projects are also discussed

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Board of Education approved a number of small policy revisions and also approved the second reading of the Dual Credit Policy at its Monday meeting.

The policy mirrors the requirements laid out in state policy 2510, which states that county boards of education shall adopt policies that allow students to earn credit for completing college or other advanced courses outside the school setting.

If the courses are used to meet graduation requirements, the county must create a policy that will be reviewed by the West Virginia Department of Education and approved by the state BOE.

“It governs students who are receiving both high school and college credit for a course,” said Marion County Superintendent of Schools Gary Price about the county policy.

The state policy specifies that such a course must address both secondary and postsecondary content in its syllabus, and teachers must determine alignment of the content standards and objectives for both the postsecondary and secondary elements of the course.

Dual credit courses can be delivered at the high school, on a college campus, online or at another site not at the school or on campus, or through a combination of any of these.

There are students in Marion County who take colleges courses online and some who leave high school and go to Fairmont State University for a portion of their school day.

“We would always like to see more students take advantage of that because it is an opportunity to get college credit at a greatly reduced price,” Price said.

Students also have opportunities to take advanced level courses like AP, but not all advanced classes qualify as dual credit — even though students can get college credit from those courses through testing and other means.

The third and final reading of the Dual Credit Policy will occur at the board’s July 21 meeting.

The board also approved a project to seal two more sections of East-West Stadium to preserve and weatherproof the surface.

The project is funded by money appropriated for stadium maintenance and by funds raised by the East-West Stadium Committee.

“We were pleased with how the preservation held up over this past winter, and it was an exceptionally grueling winter, so we feel that was a good investment,” Price said. “We’re going to try to get a couple more sections done.”

Work will also be done to upgrade the electricity in the concession stand area and to repair grout in the stone walls that has deteriorated over the years.

Payment was approved for ongoing work at East Fairmont Middle School, which is almost complete inside.

Workers have been finishing up the gym, Price said.

“The gym is going to be gorgeous when it’s done,” he said.

Outside, demolition of East Fairmont Junior High is ongoing, and green space, sidewalks, fencing and lighting will be installed when it is complete.

Work also must be done on the retaining wall on Morgantown Avenue, Price said.

Monday marked the first official meeting for new members Mary Jo Thomas and Tom Dragich.

Richard Pellegrin also served his first meeting as president of the BOE after being nominated by Babette Simms.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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