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High School may offer some tech classes

April 11, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Members of the Waynesboro School Board, concerned over the rising cost of sending students to the Franklin County Career and Technology Center in Chambersburg, want to offer some vocational training courses at Waynesboro Area Senior High School next year.

The board expects to vote Tuesday on establishing courses in construction and health care technology as a way of sending fewer students to the Career and Technology Center on Loop Road.

All six Franklin County school districts send students to the center. They have signed a joint operating agreement that keeps the vo-tech school in operation.

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A new tuition payment system has been accepted by four of the districts. The Greencastle-Antrim and Fannett-Metal school districts have yet to sign the new agreement, said James T. Duffey, director of the Career and Technology center.

P. Duff Rearick, superintendent at Greencastle-Antrim, has said that the school board there is holding off signing until it sees if state funds to the district will be cut next year.

Duffey said the current reimbursement system is based on the number of students each of the six districts sent to the center the previous year. The new formula will be based on the actual number of students each district sends.

In the 2001-02 school year, the Chambersburg Area School District, the county's largest, sent 431 students to the center. The district is sending 416 this year, Duffey said.

Waynesboro sent 177 students last year and 149 this year, he said.

Greencastle-Antrim sent 78 students to the center last year. It is sending 85 this year, Duffey said.

The Shippensburg School District sent 145 students last year and 159 this year.

The Tuscarora School District sent 89 students last year and 97 this year.

Fannett-Metal, the county's smallest district, sent 20 students to the center last year and 14 this year.

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