CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The price tag to renovate and expand the Franklin County Career and Technology Center into a comprehensive academic and vocational school for 1,000 or more students prompted sticker shock among some of the representatives of the six participating school districts.
For the Fannett-Metal School District, the smallest of the six, its proportional 2.46 percent share would be nearly $1 million on a $40 million project, with the Chambersburg Area School District's 44.42 percent share coming to $17.8 million.
"For us to do that, we're going to need a public referendum," Fannett-Metal Superintendent Dana Baker said at Thursday's meeting of the center's Joint Operating Committee. He said his district's proposed budget will have to be placed on the May primary ballot, having exceeded the allowable tax increase set by Pennsylvania's Act 1 school property tax relief law.
The Waynesboro Area School District would pay $6.7 million, with the Shippensburg Area School District paying $5.35 million. The Greencastle-Antrim School District would pay $5 million, and the Tuscarora School District would pay $4.1 million.