CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Area School District students attending the Franklin County Career and Technology Center will be on the same semester schedule as students from the center's other five districts after its Joint Operating Committee voted 6-3 Thursday to end the half-day attendance policy initiated by Chambersburg at the beginning of the school year.
Chambersburg's committee members, David Sciamanna, Fred Rice and Stanley Helman, voted against the measure, which passed 6-3, but incoming Chambersburg superintendent Joseph Padasak said, "I think it's a very good thing for our kids."
Earlier this year, the Chambersburg School Board voted 5-4 to continue the all-year, half-day attendance policy through the 2006-07 school year for the 400 students the district sends to the career center. The 500 students from the other five districts - Waynesboro, Tuscarora, Shippensburg, Greencastle-Antrim and Fannett-Metal - attend the center one semester and their home schools the other.
"I find the dual half-day delivery system is a burden and is taking the very breath out of this school," said Jim Miller, the committee member for Fannett-Metal.