Brownwood school board members approved a policy Monday that allows dual enrollment classes at Brownwood High School to count toward high school grade point averages and class rankings.

    According to the new policy, some of the dual credit courses will also receive weighted grades that will count toward GPA.

    Previously, dual credit classes have counted toward high school graduation requirements, but not for GPAs.

    Members of the administration and school board discussed the matter at the September and October board meetings before adopting the revisions Monday.

    For students who entered ninth grade in the 2008-’09 school year or later, all dual credit courses will receive, at a minimum, a regular GPA weight.

    Previously, in dual credit classes, high school students received college credit hours as they completed them, but those classes have not been  weighted for high school.

    Brownwood High students this semester are taking dual credit classes at Howard Payne University, Texas State Technical College, Ranger College and Cisco College.

    In other business, the board agreed to hire Waldrop Construction as construction manager at-risk for the ag barn and high school track projects.

    Also Monday, the board approved the financial audit by the Davis Kinard accounting firm of Abilene. The audit showed that the district had assets of $55 million and liabilities of $38.5 million.