A new partnership between the College Station school district and Blinn College will help seniors at district high schools prepare for college before high school graduation.
College Station school board members approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Blinn to provide remedial courses in math and English language arts for students who are not ready for college curriculum in either subject.
As stated in the memorandum of understanding, the course is designed for seniors whose end-of-course exam results do not meet college readiness standards or whose coursework, college entrance exam or assessment “indicates that the student is not ready to perform entry-level college coursework.”
The partnership is a result of House Bill 5, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013.
The purpose of the legislation was to keep students from having to pay for remedial courses at colleges or universities that did not progress their degree, College Station Chief Academic Officer Penny Tramel said.
College Station’s partnership allows students to take the college preparatory class they need for one semester during the advisory period. After the semester, they will take a test to determine college readiness following the course, she said.
As outlined in the MOU, Blinn College will develop the courses, provide the curriculum and the final exam. College Station faculty will conduct the courses and proctor the final.
Students who complete one of the courses will not receive college credit but will be better prepared for college, the MOU states.
At the conclusion of the first year of the partnership, Aug. 31, 2020, the district and Blinn College will evaluate the courses by reviewing multiple aspects, including attendance, retention rates, progress, state assessments and college entrance exams.
The new preparatory courses will be part of written guidelines at all College Station high school campuses, so parents will know about the opportunity.
After barely a five-minute executive session to discuss the matter, the board reemerged to unanimously approve a new contract for Superintendent Clark Ealy.
The contract extends Ealy’s employment by one year to make the terms from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2023.
As per the contract, which is available on the district’s website, Ealy will receive a salary of $242,131, which includes an annual $12,000 travel stipend that was previously listed as a separate item. The listed salary also reflects a 2% increase. The 2% increase for all district administrators is part of the broader Annual Compensation Plan the board approved during the June meeting.
The board also approved the following four new administrator contracts: Eric Eaks as the district’s first director of fine arts, Bobbi Rodriguez as the district’s social studies instructional coordinator, Brittany Cain as assistant principal at Pecan Trail Intermediate School and Anne Scott as the new assistant principal at A&M Consolidated High School.
Also during the meeting, the board approved an Order of Election for Nov. 5, an interlocal agreement with Brazos County for the fall election. The 2019-2020 student code of conduct also was approved.
During the 5 p.m. workshop, the board heard an updated report on the district’s budget. Trustees will vote on the 2019-2020 budget and adopt a tax rate during the August board meeting.