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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 7:36 p.m.
 

Franklin Regional students who take out-of-district courses for enrichment might soon earn graduation credit for their work.

School board members are mulling a change in policy that would allow for a review of any academic course completed by a student out of district. The current policy prohibits students from receiving credit toward graduation for those classes, including some offered through Westmoreland Intermediate Unit's e-Academy that are administered from other districts.

“By policy, I would have to see is preclude a student from taking a course outside our walls,” board Vice President Joe Seymour said. “Maybe a student wants to continue their education in the summer.”

Board member Paul Scheinert suggested evaluating the courses on a case-by-case basis to ensure anything that counts towards a Franklin Regional diploma has sufficient academic rigor. Scheinert is worried about enacting a policy that doesn't include a procedure to deal with courses that have little academic merit.

“If the administration and determine a course is one we want to accept here at Franklin, I want it to be adequately controlled,” Scheinert said. “I just want to have the right review for that.”

The board has labored over the policy revision, meticulously examining its wording for more than 40 minutes at two board meetings this month. The final policy, which is slated to be approved next month, puts the onus on the students to pay for the courses after arranging for placement through the guidance office.

Next school year, all students in grades nine through 11 are required to schedule a class in each period. Under the new seven-period schedule approved in the fall, students aren't permitted to schedule study halls and will take part in a 90 minute “quality resource time” in the middle of the day. That block period will be used for one-on-one work for students who need additional help from teachers.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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