Superintendents in each school district in the Reflector’s readership area see educational benefits in having their students take classes at campuses for vocational schools or colleges.
“We hope that our students who attend these programs get the same thing we hope they get while they are at Edison, a good, well-rounded education that will prepare them to have success in life,” said Tom Roth, superintendent of Edison Local Schools.
Bellevue City Schools Superintendent Kim Schubert said her hope is students attending EHOVE Career Career will receive advanced training in a specific skill or trade.
“In many instances they can graduate and go directly into their chosen field and some choose to continue their education,” she added.
Local high school students also have the option of taking college-level classes and earning those same credits while taking college courses — either in-house or on the school campus.
“Students have the ability to take college coursework from university-credentialed teachers without ever leaving their high school. Our hope is that this opportunity will give students the confidence they need to continue to further their education once they graduate from our school district. In addition to the many opportunities for college credit at our high school, students also have the option of attending a college or university to obtain their college credit,” Schubert said.
But what does it cost districts for their students to attend such schools as EHOVE or a college?
Interim treasurer Larry Hanneman broke down the cost of Norwalk City Schools students to attend EHOVE.
“The average cost per student going to EHOVE is $4,720, which is 80 percent of the $5,900 per student,” he said. “The calculations are full-time equivalents (FTEs) for each student times $5,900.”
Each student attending EHOVE or a college has a FTE, the amount of time he or she is considered in a class period.
“Therefore, 100 students may be attending EHOVE, but only 91 FTEs are charged to Norwalk because they are all not at EHVOE 100 percent of their day. Also, Norwalk retains 20 percent of the per-pupil funding for transportation, special education (and) graduation costs,” Hanneman said.
It costs $150 per credit hour at BGSU Firelands, $50 for Findlay University and $40 for Kenyon College. In Edison, Roth said the Findlay and Kenyon classes are “taught in-house by our teachers.”
The Edison superintendent explained how the college-funding process works.
“It will be sent to the college from the state and deducted from our state foundation funds. We are still seeing our deductions from 2015 post-secondary costs at this point and are not expecting the CCP (College Credit Plus) amounts to be reflected until March or April possibly,” Roth said.
Based on last year’s figures, Bellevue paid $97,536.21 in post-secondary payments.
“We have not received information on the amount that will be paid this year yet for CCP coursework. In EHOVE's case, Bellevue is funded for the time the student attends Bellevue to when a student leaves for EHOVE. The state then provides funding directly to EHOVE based on the amount of time the Bellevue student spends on the EHOVE campus. No direct payments or deductions are made from Bellevue to EHOVE,” Schubert said.
Funding for EHOVE is determined by two factors.
“The first factor is whether the student is half-time or full-time at the career center. The second factor is weighted funding, which depends on what courses the student is taking. For College Credit Plus, funding is determined by the courses the student is taking and where they are taking them. The entities where our students are taking CCP courses are paid through our state foundation as a deduction of our total payment,” Schubert said.
Monroeville Local Schools Superintendent Ralph Moore explained how the cost of CCP and EHOVE work in his district.
“The cost of CCP college classes depends on how many credit hours a student takes and who provides the instructor. For example, if a student takes a three-credit class, depending on who provides the instructor, the class could cost $40 per credit, $80 per credit or $160 per credit,” he said.
“CCP is paid for through a deduction in state funding that is sent to the college providing the instruction or the cost of CCP is invoiced directly to the district and payment made by the district to the college.
“Students attending EHOVE cost districts a portion of the per-pupil state foundation payments that flow to the district from the funding provided by the state,” Moore added.