School Board to explore technology options

December 04, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO - Saying it was preparing for the worst, the Waynesboro School Board voted Tuesday night to ask the state Department of Education for permission to run its own vocational technical programs if the Franklin County Career and Technology Center goes out of business next year.

Waynesboro sends about 170 students to the vo-tech center on Loop Road in Chambersburg, Pa. Half attend each semester.

School Board President Larry Glenn said the board took the action in case the six Franklin County school districts that send students to the career and technology center fail to reach an agreement on how the facility should be funded.

"Our first choice is to continue to send our students to the vo-tech center," Glenn said. "If the districts can't agree, then we have to be prepared to take care of our own students."


The question of whether a consensus can be reached among the districts and the board that runs the career and technology center has been the subject of months of meetings. Waynesboro school officials believe an agreement could be months away.

Glenn said there is enough space in the district to build the facilities needed for a local vo-tech program.

Assistant Superintendent Gloria Pugliano presented a preliminary sketch of the type of programs that would be offered to vo-tech students in Waynesboro, including basics in the construction trades, health-care technology and programs that offer on-the-job training to students through intern and part-time work programs.

The first step is for the district to get approval from the state for its programs so it will be eligible for state reimbursements, Pugliano said.

The 939 students taking classes at the career and technology center include 414 from the Chambersburg Area School District, 15 from Fannett-Metal, 78 from Greencastle-Antrim, 156 from Shippensburg, 104 from Tuscarora and 172 from Waynesboro.

It costs $3.7 million a year to run the center. At issue is how much each district should contribute.

There are four options on the table.

  • Option 1 would have each district pay based on a percentage of its total K-12 enrollment.

  • Option 2 would base each district's cost on their past three-year average participation.

  • Option 3 would be based on a summary of costs by each district.

  • Option 4, which Waynesboro favors, would be based on a summary of enrollment from 1997 to 2003 in grades 10-12.

The Waynesboro School Board wants a formula based on 40 percent for operating costs and 60 percent for instruction, Glenn said.

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