The Dunklin R-5 School District will follow the requirements as established by state law and
regulations for the administration of the A+ Schools Program. The district's A+ Schools Program
A+ Schools Program Coordinator
#1 Blackcat Drive
Herculaneum, MO 63048
A+ Schools Partnership Plan
The coordinator shall organize a local advisory committee to develop a partnership plan to be
approved by the district Board of Education. The advisory committee shall include businesspersons,
labor leaders, college and postsecondary career/technical school representatives and
parents/guardians. The partnership plan shall specify a mechanism to receive information on an
annual basis from those who developed the plan, as well as senior citizens, community leaders and
teachers, to update the plan in order to best meet the goals of the A+ Schools program.
The plan shall:
1. Detail the procedures used to identify students who may drop out of school and the
intervention services to be used to meet the needs of such students.
2. Outline counseling and mentoring services provided to students who will enter the work
force upon graduation from high school.
3. Contain procedures for the recruitment of community volunteers to serve in schools receiving
4. Address internship and apprenticeship programs.
Under the guidance of the coordinator, the advisory committee shall evaluate, review and update the
partnership plan annually.
By June 30 of each year, the A+ coordinator will submit, in the appropriate core data report, a list
of the names of all graduating, certified A+ students eligible to receive financial assistance. To be
eligible, students must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or otherwise lawfully present in the United States.
2. Attend a designated A+ high school for three years immediately prior to graduation.
Students who are active duty military dependents and students who are dependents of retired
military personnel who relocate to Missouri within one year of the date of retirement from
active duty are excused from this provision if the student attends a designated A+ school in
the school year immediately preceding graduation and has met all other eligibility
3. Graduate from a designated A+ high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or
higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent on another scale.
4. Have at least a 95 percent attendance record overall for grades 9-12. Any student
appropriately counted for average daily attendance will be considered as in attendance,
whether physically present or not.
5. Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring of which up to 25 percent may include job
6. Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of alcohol and drugs, as
defined by district policy.
7. Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, achieve a score of proficient or
advanced on the official Algebra I end-of-course exam or, prior to receiving A+ tuition
reimbursement, complete the first semester and a minimum of 12 credit hours or the
equivalent with a 2.5 grade point average at a postsecondary institution.
8. Prior to graduation, enter into a written agreement with the district to participate in the A+
In addition to the preceding eligibility requirements, the Missouri Department of Higher Education
may impose additional requirements prior to the distribution of A+ funds.
If the coordinator determines that a student who has submitted a participation agreement has violated
the terms of that agreement or district policies or procedures regarding A+ participation, he or she
will notify the student in writing. The notice will include a statement of which condition was
violated and the facts constituting the violation. The student will be provided copies of documents
or other evidence supporting the determination. The student may be put on probation or expelled
from the A+ program by the coordinator.
The student may appeal an expulsion from the program to the Board of Education, or a committee
created by the Board, by notifying the coordinator within five working days of receiving the notice.
The coordinator will provide notice of the appeal to the Board along with a copy of the reason for
the expulsion. The Board or the Board's committee will hear the student's appeal in closed session
within 20 working days of having received the notice of appeal. The Board will notify the student
of its decision in writing within five working days of hearing the appeal.
Receipt of Funds
In order to receive A+ financial assistance, an eligible student must:
1. Make a good-faith effort to secure all sources of federal funding that could be applied to
2. Be admitted and enrolled at a participating institution in accordance with law.
3. Not be enrolled in or intend to use the award to enroll in a course of study leading to a degree
in theology or divinity.
4. Not have a criminal record preventing receipt of federal Title IV student financial aid.
The coordinator will be responsible for gathering and maintaining data on:
1. Student demographics and enrollment.
2. Student completion and performance of coursework.
3. The number of students who continue their education at four-year colleges and universities,
community colleges and career/technical schools.
4. The number of students who enter the labor force.
5. The number of students who enter military service.
6. A+ program outcomes.
7. The relationship of the partnership plan to student success.
8. Student eligibility for A+ financial incentives.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in this
Revised: 03/21/2011; 04/16/2012
Dunklin R-5 School District, Herculaneum, Missouri
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