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School board delays vote for PHCC agreement


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BROOKSVILLE - A dual-enrollment addendum between Pasco-Hernando Community College and the school district was pulled from Tuesday's school board meeting agenda, and a scheduled vote on the measure was postponed.

The long-awaited addendum to an existing agreement between PHCC and the school district follows Senate Bill 1514, which took effect in June and mandates school districts statewide cover tuition costs for high school students enrolled in college courses.

Previously, college tuition and fees for dual-enrollment courses were waived at no cost to school districts.

Curriculum Supervisor Marcia Austin said the addendum was pulled to allow additional time for district staff to discuss it with PHCC.

"There wasn't anything major," she said. "It will be on next school board agenda."

As of Wednesday morning, those discussions were complete, Austin said, and the addendum will be submitted for board approval as it was initially, and without modification.

A draft of the addendum shows the district will pay $73.20 per credit hour per student attending college courses on PHCC campuses, and about $37.73 per student attending college courses taught by Hernando teachers on Hernando School District property.

According to figures in the addendum, PHCC paid more than $2 million last year in personnel costs for dual-enrollment costs for Pasco and Hernando students.

The next scheduled board meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

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