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Vo-Tech group changes way payments are made

March 03, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG - The nine-member Joint Operating Committee (JOC) that runs the Franklin County Vocational Technical Center voted this week to change the way the six participating school districts pay to send students to the center, its director said Friday.

James T. Duffey said the school boards in the six districts will be asked to support a new payment schedule that will lock in the cost of operating the technical school on Loop Road.

As proposed, the districts will pay 26 percent of the fixed or operating costs - building and administration expenses - based on what it costs each district to educate its own students.

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The 74 percent for instructional costs will be charged each district based on the number of students it sends to the center, Duffey said.

The JOC wants the individual school boards to vote on the question by the committee's April meeting so the system can be in place for the start of the 2003-2004 school year.

The current payment agreement has been in place since 1969, Duffey said.

The tech center has about 960 students in grades 10-12.

Chambersburg, the county's largest school district, sends about 44 percent of the total number of students to the center, Duffey said.

Students attend the tech center full time for half the year.

The Chambersburg School Board wants to change its class schedule and send all of its tech students for half a day for a full year.

The JOC recommends that Chambersburg send its 10th graders in the morning and its 11th and 12th graders in the afternoon to help teachers with scheduling. The JOC voted on that plan in concept, Duffey said.

Representation on the JOC is based on the number of students each district sends to the center. Chambersburg has three representatives, Waynesboro, which sends about 170 students to the school, has two members, and the Greencastle/Antrim, Tuscarora and Fannett-Metal school districts each have one representative.

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