School board approves new contract with Embry-Riddle (DOCUMENT)

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 01:19 PM.

Under the new contract, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders at Choctaw and Crestview can enroll in a variety of college level courses in the aviation field as long as they have a 2.5 GPA and two teacher recommendations.

Classes will have 10 to 30 students except for the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot Ground School certification program, which will max out at 25 students.

No matter what school or major a student decides to pursue in college, any courses taken will count at least as an elective credit, Garriga said.

If students choose to attend any of the Embry-Riddle college campuses, including Daytona, the credit will count for the actual course taken and not just as an elective, he said.

Under the new contract, the school district will be responsible for paying $413 per student and the schools will pay $562 per student rather than a flat rate as in the past.

The district also will be responsible for purchasing textbooks, Garriga said.

“Money’s important, but I think this board is really concerned about ... enrollment,” Chairman Rodney Walker said. “ … I’m tickled to death with the price, but really, if you end up with nothing it doesn’t matter what the price is, you still have nothing.”

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