CHS-Ivy Tech ‘Dual Credit’ Program Shows Tuition Savings

The Board of School Trustees heard a report from Ivy Tech dual credit student participation, approved book rental fees and re-organized the board’s leadership when they met on Monday, July 13.

Tom Judd, project director of high school initiatives with Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, presented the board with a report of the number of dual credit students.

Students at Crothersville can simultaneously earn high school and college credits at Ivy Tech for courses taught at the local high school.

“This better prepares high school students planning on attending Ivy Tech in that it allows them to already have some preliminary college credits before attending college and it is a cost savings for their parents,” said Judd.

He said that 47 CHS students received college credit for classes taken locally earning a total of 151 college credit hours and saved $16,425.

“This is a 60% increase in savings over last year,” said Judd. ‘I expect these numbers to increase as more and more parents learn about the program and how it can save them college tuition money.”

To encourage Ivy Tech classes being offered at Crothersville, school superintendent Terry Goodin offered classroom space for local college classes and programs.

In other business the board:

•Approved elementary book rental fees for the 2009-2010 school year: kindergarten, $66; first grade, $88; second grade, $82; third grade, $82; fourth grade, $84; and fifth grade, $84.

•Hired Dustin Marshall as the elementary summer school replacement instructor, Connie Hoskins as special education aide (funds for which came from federal stimulus money, according to Goodin), Clint Waskom as Fall ISTEP remediation instructor in language arts and Ashley Waskom for math.

•Accepted the resignations of Tracy Hougland as Title I aide and Savannah Bailey as middle school cheerleader co-sponsor.

When the board re-organized, it unanimously elected a new board president.

Dale Schmelzle was nominated as the new president of the board of trustees by Bob Spicer, who stepped down from that position.

Spicer said he has held the position for eight years and that it was time to let someone else lead the board.

Stepping into Schmelzle’s former position as secretary is Trina McLain. Fran Schill was re-elected as vice president and Ralph Hillenburg as legislative liaison. Spicer will remain on the board as a member.