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Enrollment at UNO possible for Franklin students

Benjamin Franklin High School is intensifying its relationship with the University of New Orleans by providing a dual enrollment option, Principal/CEO Timothy G. Rusnak said at a board meeting Thursday afternoon.

According to Rusnak, dual enrollment will enable Benjamin Franklin juniors and seniors to earn high school and college credits. More than 160 students are enrolled in the program, which Rusnak said “hit a nerve” upon rollout.

The cost to each student is $100 per UNO course, which teachers at the meeting described as “a great deal.”

“The relationship that is emerging with UNO is beyond comparison at this point,” Rusnak said.

Franklin is located on the edge of the UNO campus.

Both institutions are making use of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit that provides dynamic instructional materials on a variety of topics online and allows teachers to access performance data on student users.

“All the math teachers are using Khan to some extent,” statistics teacher Darren Eady said.

In other news, an audit issued for the school’s budget came back clean for the second year in a row, and foreign language teacher Rachel Becker was recognized for her contributions to the school.

The meeting concluded after members called for a closed executive session to discuss details related to the performance of a school administrator.

Board members Susan Weeks, Patricia Adams, Carl Indest, Mark Mayer, and John Williams were present. Chairman Duris Holmes was absent, as was Anh Cao.

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