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Greencastle board wants to hear more about career center

June 22, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School Board gave its approval Thursday for the Chambersburg Area School District to continue keeping the board informed of its plan to purchase and operate the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

The six board members present voted in favor of Chambersburg moving forward in discussions, however the vote did not represent a commitment from the board to the project.

Chambersburg wants to take over the Career and Technology Center and make it part of the Chambersburg district.

Chambersburg would then charge the other Franklin County school districts who send students there.

During the presentation by Chambersburg Area School District's superintendent Joseph Padasak, board member Stanley Helman and career center academics principal Mark Scheitle, members of the Greencastle-Antrim board questioned the project.

Board members asked about technology center schedule changes, the nursing program, the four-year rolling commitment, the plans to increase adult education profitability through the center, labor expenses, and if the number of Greencastle-Antrim students attending the technology center was relatively consistent.

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"I'm with you on the concept, but a little concerned on the details," board member Arnold Jansen said.

Board Vice President Michael Shindle asked Padasak if there would be schedule changes if the facility is run by the Chambersburg district.

"Eighty-six percent of the tech centers are half time," Padasak said. "We're going to stay semester-about (one day in lab, one day in classroom)."

Jansen asked about the four-year rolling commitment.

"At the beginning of the agreement, you tell us how many students you are going to send for four years, then every year you will tell us how many," Helman said.

Padasak also said the four-year rolling commitment would protect all the school districts because "it allows us to plan and districts to plan."

"If (one) district didn't have enough, (another) could take their slots," Shindle said.

One of the ways the Chambersburg Area School District plans to offset student costs at the technology center was to make adult education courses more profitable.

"We think that we can go back where there is some profitability in adult education," Helman said.

Board President Daniel Fisher asked if Greencastle-Antrim's enrollment in the technology center fluctuated greatly over the past four years.

This year, there were 72 Greencastle students enrolled. There were 76 in 2005-06, 74 in 2004-05 and 70 in 2003-04, Shindle said.

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