CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area School District will explore what it will take to operate its own career and technology program, but Wednesday held out an olive branch to the other five districts, proposing a joint venture to upgrade the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.
Chambersburg has proposed taking over ownership and operation of the career and technology center and upgrading the school, a project the district estimates could cost up to $47 million. In turn, the proposal calls for the other districts - Waynesboro, Tuscarora, Greencastle-Antrim, Shippensburg and Fannett-Metal - to each commit to fund a certain number of student slots.
The response to the proposal has been mostly negative, with some school boards declaring a wish to retain joint ownership and operation. Waynesboro's school board came up with an alternative proposal that was also endorsed, with some amendments, by the Tuscarora School Board.
The basics of the Waynesboro proposal are to sell Chambersburg some of the center's land to allow it to build its own academic wing; commit to funding the center at a level equal to at least 8 percent of each district's high school population; and increasing the number of Joint Operating Committee seats from nine to 15.