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Changes proposed in operation of Franklin County Career and Technology Center

April 11, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The way the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center is run is poised to change now that the Waynesboro Area School Board has agreed to revisions to the articles of agreement.

Several Waynesboro board members strongly opposed a section of the revised articles of agreement that provided for "weighted votes" when future decisions are made at the career center. Under that proposal, each participating school district (Waynesboro, Greencastle-Antrim, Tuscarora, Shippensburg, Chambersburg and Fannett-Metal) would have had one representative on the joint operating committee, but each person's vote on matters would have counted differently based on enrollment figures.

"You'd have to have a calculator next to your desk to see whether a vote passed or failed," said Stanley Barkdoll, a Waynesboro school board member who also serves on the joint operating committee.

That aspect of the revised articles of agreement has been deleted, leaving the career center with the nine-person board it has now. Chambersburg has three representatives on the joint operating committee and Waynesboro has two representatives, while the other, typically smaller school districts each have one.

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The revised articles of agreement, which must be approved by each school board, would change the term of the chief administrative officer from one year to three years. That person, an area schools superintendent, ensures that the career center's operations remain in accordance with educational requirements.

Also, the revised articles of agreement would establish pupil quotas requiring each participating school district to enroll at least 8 percent of its 10th- to 12th-grade population. Exceptions could be made if agreed upon three years in advance.

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