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New vo-tech director hired

August 10, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - George Ebert, an assistant professor of technical education at the University of Akron in Ohio, was hired to run Fulton County's Vocational-Technical Program, said Carolyn Shegelski, superintendent of the Southern Fulton School District.

Ebert, 50, will replace Harold Dworetsky, who resigned in June to take a post in Centre County, Pa. Dworetsky served Fulton County, Pa., for three years.

Fulton County's vo-tech program is a school without walls. Ten years ago the county's three small school districts - Southern Fulton, Central Fulton and Forbes Road - established a joint committee to run the vo-tech programs. They are spread among all three districts.

Students travel between districts to take some classes and all those in the building trades work on the house that the district builds each year or so.

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On May 28, the nine-member vo-tech board, with equal representation from each district, voted to end its decade-old agreement and establish individual programs in each district. Officials in all three districts said they thought they could save money by establishing their own programs.

Southern Fulton has 160 students in the program. Central Fulton has about 200 and Forbes Road, the county's smallest district, has 60.

In June, the districts reversed their decision, voted to continue with the consolidated vo-tech program and hire a replacement for Dworetsky.

Shegelski said Ebert was selected from a field of seven candidates. His salary will be $51,458, she said.

In a telephone interview, Ebert said he has held the Akron post for three years. Before that, he directed a technical program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Ebert earned his doctorate at Penn State, his master's degree at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and his bachelor's degree at Indiana University in Indiana, Pa.

He and his wife, Susan, have three children, a son, 23, and twins, both in college.

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