Farwell one of first to offer early college

January 28, 2016

By Pat Maurer

Early College Director Lynette Lentovich and High School Principal Dee Yarger gave a presentation to the Board of Education January 18 on Farwell’s Early College and Dual Enrollment programs.
They said “All Farwell Students have the opportunity to earn college credits.” The program, one of the first in Michigan to offer their unique Early College program has been a success they reported saying many schools have used their program to develop their own.

In 2014 there were 280 Early College programs in the State.
The Early College program focuses on a five-year program that can earn participating high school students the opportunity to earn not only their high school diploma, but two years of college by their fifth year. “They can still graduate with their class,” they said, “but in the Fifth year they remain Farwell students and take the remaining credits to complete their second year of college, and could earn their Associates Degree while still a Farwell School District student.

They said 25 percent of the High School is taking Dual Enrollment classes while there are 57 students in the Early College Program.

In another matter at the meeting, Superintendent Carl Seiter reported on the January 12th Lockdown Drill process, which he called “a constant evolution;” Discussed legislature including PA 269 which prohibits elected and appointed public and school officials from providing factual information to voters about local ballot measures within 60 days of an election. He said there is extensive opposition to the bill; discussed House Bill 5149 which addresses labor, collective bargaining, calendar and schedule for school year and prohibited subjects of bargaining and talked about the Credit Recovery program, noting that 100 students are failing one class in High School.

Other business at the meeting included:
*Praise for Students of the Month – JD Pakledinaz in ninth grade; Grace Saupe in tenth; Kelsey Shimmons in eleventh; Kyle Noel in twelfth; and Michelle Davidson for Timberland High School.

*Appreciation expressed to School Board members for the “enormous effort and hard work” by Seiter, who said he is making a donation to the Imagination Library in their name.

*A lengthy discussion on whether there will be board committees this year or if committee reports will be made at the first meeting of each month.

*Approval of new hires including Elisha Young and Angela Miller for Elementary Special Education and Alyson Dudley as a Title I Para.

*Approval of an amendment to the 2015-16 budget.

*Approval of bills totaling $260,650.41.

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