College, school meeting over dual credit classes

Beeville Superintendent Dr. Marc Puig

BEEVILLE – Leaders of the college and school district boards of trustees could be meeting in the future to talk about their dual credit partnership.

This meeting comes  just months after Beeville ISD administrators began looking outside the county for additional dual credit partners.

“We would much rather work with CBC than someone else,” said Leticia Munoz, BISD board president.

This will give school trustees a chance to explain why they began looking at Del Mar and other colleges for additional dual credit offerings.

“They wanted to know why we considered Del Mar,” she said.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Puig is coordinating this meeting and providing the college with its requested information in advance of the meeting. Likewise, any information needed from the college is being gathered and provide to trustees.

“We’re looking forward to a meeting as soon as schedules permit, and we’re certainly excited about it,” Puig said. “I’ve heard so many great things about Dr. Carry DeAtley.”

Meetings like this are not common but they aren’t unheard of.

“Our board-superintendent team is deeply unified and committed to maintaining a strong relationship with CBC,” Puig said. “BISD trustees are visionaries and, thus, highly involved in overseeing the stewardship of all visionary endeavors related to academics, including dual credit opportunities.”

Puig said this should not be construed as the district’s attempt to leave CBC for another dual credit partner.

“CBC is our provider of choice for dual credit — period,” he said. “As well, in an effort to expand our ever-growing portfolio of innovative and diverse options, BISD will continue to engage as many colleges and universities as possible for dual credit/enrollment opportunities.

“Choice is how we differentiate ourselves as a school system.

“Thus, BISD will continue to listen, learn and lead with respect to creating great choices for our students, parents and staff.”

One local school district, Skidmore-Tynan, did drop CBC, opting instead to use Del Mar for its dual credit program.

BISD trustees have never said they wanted to follow suit.

“This is about building a strong relationship between CBC and BISD — and that’s what both parties want,” Puig said. “This meeting is a conversation, and the conversation is the relationship.

“And relationships are everything in life.”

Carroll Lohse, CBC board chairman, said his board requested just such a meeting when it was announced that BISD was looking at other college for classes.

“We approached them first and said, ‘Would you like to get together and talk about our relationship and what we can do for each other?’” Lohse said.

“We wanted to make sure that if there was something we could do to help them more, that we were given a chance to do it,” he said.

Lohse said that could mean adding programs to their dual credit course-load.

“We want to provide whatever courses are needed by the people in our service area.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at media@mySouTex.com.