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Board questions career center plan

June 20, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board had many questions during Tuesday's pitch for another school district to take over the county career and technology center, but it has put off expressing its feelings on the matter.

The board questioned enrollment projections, four-year commitments, per-student costs and future construction during a presentation by Chambersburg Area School District Superintendent Joseph Padasak, board member Stanley Helman and career center academics principal Mark Scheitle.

The Chambersburg Area School District has proposed taking over ownership and operation of the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center, which now is jointly run by six school districts.

Chambersburg, the largest of them, also has alluded to pulling out of the center if its plan isn't approved.

Similar sales pitches have been given to Shippensburg Area School District and Tuscarora School District, both of which reportedly had many questions of the plan. With the blessings of the six districts, the next step would be to create a transitional team to provide more exact figures about the process.

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If Chambersburg pulled out of the career center's joint partnership, the other districts would be left with an increased role in running it, their own construction projects and operating the Franklin Learning Center, Waynesboro board member K. Marilyn Smith said.

"It'd be quite a strain on the other districts," she said.

Waynesboro board member Chris Devers sought assurance that there would be a commitment to Advanced Placement (AP) and foreign language classes as well as efforts to produce a better skills set in career center students. He also asked if academics would be the main priority.

The Chambersburg representatives assured him that academics come first.

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