MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Tuscarora School Board has started to make waves by considering a staffing change that would eliminate the district's specialized aquatics program.
In the program, elementary school children are paired with high schoolers for swimming lessons. The teenagers receive certification, while the younger children master skills needed to swim safely in deep water.
"For some of our children, these are the only swimming lessons they'll ever have," teacher Wendy Eigenbrode said.
On Monday, Eigenbrode pleaded with the school board to keep the specialized aquatics program in place. The matter will be discussed at the school board's July 14 meeting, board President Jane Rice said.
Members of the board have considered not filling a vacant physical education position, which would necessitate shifting around other staff members. That effectively could eliminate the specialized aquatics curriculum, through which elementary students are transported to the pool at James Buchanan High School.