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Districts OK 'wash' plan to pay for dual-enrollment services with college

Jan 29, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Both Fort Washakie and Lander have adopted the model under which school districts are reimbursed for their expenses.

The Fremont County School Board 21 Board of Trustees approved "the wash" system in moving forward with the CWC Board of Cooperative High Educational Services, a dual-enrollment program for the county's high-school students.

The Fort Washakie board approved the motion during its Jan. 15 meeting, and the Lander board made the decision on Jan. 21 after a couple of months of discussion.

Jackie Meeker, director of BOCHES at CWC, said the program started in 2005, when CWC levied a half mill to fund the program.

"Since 2005, the program has doubled in size," Meeker said, noting the demand is growing higher than the college can afford.

Meeker said about a year ago, she met with the nine-member board consisting of representatives from the school districts to discuss the trend and how the program will be funded moving into fiscal year 2015.

The board came up with three options to present to county school districts.

The options included, limiting the number of credit hours a student can take, having school districts levy on behalf of CWC to fund the program, or approving a "wash" system that would have both CWC and school districts break even.

According to Meeker, the third option would require CWC to bill the school districts for tuition and fees for the concurrent enrollment. The school districts pay the bill, then invoice CWC for the exact amount to offset facility use.

"It's a no-harm, no-foul option," Meeker said. "(Both entities) would break even."

However, like any option, there is a drawback to option three, Meeker said, such as no longer receiving reimbursement checks from CWC for enrollment-related activities.

Fort Washakie superintendent Terry Ebert said the consensus he was hearing at a previous superintendent's meeting was for the wash system.

"The wash would be the best approach," Ebert told the board.

The motion passed 4-0 in favor. Board treasurer Karen King was not present.

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