At its regular meeting held Tuesday evening at the District Administration Building, the Freeport School District Board of Education:
Learned about the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program and how it is benefiting FSD students. AVID is a college readiness system developed to boost school-wide learning and performance throughout all school subjects. In our district, at the high school level the program is an elective class option that focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle and at the middle school level it is offered to all students.
Approved the CollegeNOW agreement between FSD145 and Highland Community College for the 2016-2017 school year. CollegeNOW is an accelerated academic program in which FSD students have the opportunity to ultimately earn both a high school diploma and associates degree simultaneously.
CollegeNOW allows students who qualify as college ready after three semesters of high school to enroll directly in an Associates’ Degree program. This allows individual students advanced opportunities at a minimal cost to the District and community, while ultimately saving the family the cost of two years of college tuition. The District will allow up to 15 students to attend the CollegeNOW program. The financial impact to the District is a $5,000 tuition cost per student to be paid from the per pupil allotment.
Need-based scholarships would also be available for up to $1,000 per participant to cover books and materials for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, also to be paid from the per pupil allotment.
The public is always invited and encouraged to attend Freeport School District Board of Education meetings.
The next scheduled regular meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Building, located at 501 E. South Street.