The Paris School District and the Job Corps will soon enter into an agreement under which the school district will teach students living at the Job Corps facility at Cass, according to Paris Superintendent Wayne Fawcett.
“We’re about to formalize it,” Fawcett said last week. “It will be a partnership agreement and students in that program will go through a course of study, get job training and will be considered students and graduates of Paris High School.”
The Job Corps previously had an agreement with the Ozark School District, Fawcett said.
“That has ended and they approached us,” he said.
Fawcett said the Paris district will have a teacher on site, full-time. The federal government will provide four more teachers.
Fawcett said students at the Cass site will have to complete the Paris High School requirements for graduation.
Since the students will be considered as enrolled at PHS, the district will get funding for those students. Each full-time student enrolled in public schools in Arkansas represents $6,500 to the district.
“When we enroll those students, even though they aren’t on campus, we’ll get the funding for those students,” Fawcett said.
Fawcett said that he’s anticipating that 30 students staying at the Job Corps site in Cass will be enrolled in classes. That’s an additional $195,000 for the Paris district.
“That more than outweighs the expense on having to hire an additional teacher,” Fawcett said.