UA schools agree to sign Central Ohio Compact
Goal is to increase the number of central Ohio residents with post-secondary degrees
The Upper Arlington school district has joined several other local districts in signing the Central Ohio Compact.
The UA Board of Education approved the contract Dec. 10.
Superintendent Jeff Weaver said a number of school districts are considering the compact. Reynoldsburg was the first to sign it in September; the Dublin and South-Western City Schools districts have also been discussing it.
"The contract creates a regional committee to expand post-secondary participation of our students," he said. "There is no monetary contribution on our part - this is a statement of understanding."
He said David Harrington, president of Columbus State, has been instrumental in helping to create the contract and it has been signed by Ohio State University, Columbus State, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein and Capital University.
The document states that the contract is "a regional agenda for college completion and career success," with the goal to "increase the attainment of post-secondary credentials and create a highly skilled and adaptive workforce, establishing central Ohio among the best educated and most competitive regions in the world."
Weaver said the committee created by the contract will work toward helping to provide opportunities for high school students to earn college credits while still in high school and discuss how to promote the use of shared services among school districts and colleges.
In Reynoldsburg, Columbus State is opening a learning center in the BELL Academy in January, where Reynoldsburg high school students will be able to take college classes at a reduced rate, with classes also offered to the greater community.
Weaver said the contract is a good move for Upper Arlington schools.
"I think it's a good idea to join this committee and see where it goes," he said.
The contract also mentions adult learners.
"Compact partners will collaborate in innovative ways to remove obstacles facing adults who need post-secondary credentials to succeed in the economy, working adults who want to transition to new careers and military veterans by opening and expanding alternative pathways to degrees ... through innovative programming design and delivery," the compact says.
The No. 1 goal stated in the document is that compact partners "commit to the regional goal that 60 percent of the citizens of central Ohio hold a post-secondary credential by 2025, ensuring that the region is a national leader at that its workforce is globally competitive."
The Upper Arlington school board's organizational meeting for the new year is scheduled a 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at the Central Office, 1950 Mallway Drive.