HOWELL, Mich. - A joint venture between Howell Public Schools and Lansing Community College likely will end because the college instructors have not responded to a request for digital fingerprinting, according to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

The college offers programs at Howell's Parker Campus, including dual enrollment courses for Howell students, according to the Press & Argus, but now the school board has directed attorneys to investigate ways to end the agreement.

Superintendent Theodore Gardella said that state law requires fingerprinting, but that LCC officials have said their instructors' bargaining unit has not approved it, the Press & Argus reported.

The district now will consider partnering with a different college; representatives from Baker College and Cleary College already have told the school board that they are interested, according to the Press & Argus.

Stanley Chase, senior vice president for advancement and external affairs for LCC, said the college regretted the decision and that administrators would have liked more time to resolve the issue, the Press & Argus said.

Livingston Daily Press & Argus, "Howell district looks to sever ties with LCC," Dec. 9, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "School district closes movie deal," Oct. 3, 2008