School board mulls quicker path to college degrees

Manasquan High School. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Board of Education is considering a high school scheduling conversion that would enable some graduating seniors to receive associate’s degrees along with their high school diplomas.

Lesley Kenney, director of school counseling, announced the plan at the Tuesday, Nov. 14 school board meeting. She said she will travel to Nutley on Nov. 29 to see how that district’s high school operates with a rotating schedule of the kind Manasquan is considering.

“We want to be able to offer different programs for the students when they come in,” she said, adding that the school’s current spring and fall semester schedule cannot accomodate the addition of programs that would enable students to earn college credits while satisfying high school graduation requirements.

If such changes can be implemented, a student could graduate from Manasquan High School with an associate’s degree and save the cost of “university prices to take general elective classes” in college, Heather Garrett-Muly, board member, said after Ms. Kenney’s presentation.

Barbara Kerensky, director of curriculum and instruction, said that some students could leave Manasquan High School with 60 college credits, meeting the requirement for an associate degree typically granted by a community or junior college.

Ms. Kenney said that the plan has been in the works for a few months, and that there are several districts in the area moving forward with this type of rotating schedule.

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