Thursday, January 23, 2014
Georgetown County high school students will all be taking PACE classes together in Georgetown when the new school year begins in August.
PACE, which is an acronym for Program for Accelerated College Enrollment, allows high school juniors and seniors to earn credits for classes that they would have taken during their freshman and sophomore years in college.
Since classes have been offered at all four county high schools, class size has ranged from 15 to 20 at some schools, to less than 10 at others.
All students enrolled in the program will now be bused to the Beck Administration and Education Center in Georgetown, which houses the school district’s offices. Senior classes will be in the mornings, and junior classes in the afternoon. Parents can also choose to transport their child to the center, or allow the child to drive themselves.
In most cases, students will be required to take two classes per semester.
Patti Hammel, the school district’s executive director for Student Performance and Federal Programs, told the School Board on Tuesday night that some classes might still be scheduled at individual schools if too many students enroll, or a student gets permission to only take one class.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College had agreed to provide teachers as long as a class has a minimum of 15 students.
Hammel said the district would like to see each student earn 24 credit hours before they graduate.
She stressed, however, that these courses count toward a college GPA, and a student qualifying for a LIFE (Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence) scholarship that does not earn at least a “B” could be in jeopardy of losing that scholarship.
In other business
School district officials are working on the Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget.
A big part of the process is finding out how much money will be allocating by the S.C. Legislature. That information is not expected until mid-March.
The district is soliciting input from staff and the public. Comments and suggestions may be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 843-436-7057.
There will be budget presentations at 19 locations in late February and March. Public input will be collected at those meetings as well.
The School Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on a final budget on June 3.
The board also approved an overall sexual harassment policy, a student sexual harassment policy, a harassment and bullying policy, and a student complaints and grievances policy on Tuesday night.
The next School Board meeting is Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Beck Administration and Education Center on Church Street in Georgetown.
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