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Williamsport School Board votes to eliminate 2 courses

April 17, 2013

The Williamsport Area School Board voted in favor of curtailing part of the career and technical education program at the high school during Tuesday’s meeting....

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Apr-19-13 4:00 PM


If your grammar and spelling are similar to what the high school is currently putting out, we are in trouble indeed.

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Apr-18-13 8:25 AM

Now before all you get offended by me calling your kids stupid on my previous post ****schooldigger**** ranked williamsport school at #329 meaning williamsport is on the bottom 50% of school districts that is nothing to be proudof. Also you guys should check out ****openpagov**** the website has everybody salary in the school district you can even look it up by name.

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Apr-18-13 8:16 AM

Thank you for at least making an attempt to eliminate something, but lets push a little further and eliminate more unneeded programs like home-ec and other elected classes or clubs that cost money, lets focus on getting back to basics because williamsport students are way to stupid these days, did i hear someone mention the school has swimming, how can they afford a pool but the city cant, get rid of it and lower my taxes. BACK TO THE BASICS

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Apr-17-13 4:41 PM

This is a very bad decision indeed! We need to add more to the CTE programs and keep the dual enrollment with Penn College a viable option to the students. VERY BAD MOVE!

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Apr-17-13 11:22 AM

We should be adding courses and not taking away. Courseware should be aligned with industry such that workforce readiness is a goal. Our city can only grow business if we prepare our youth. Otherwise we will fall behind. Education should be our highest priority. Education enables opportunities, increased competitive edge, higher wage, innovation, economic health, community responsibility. I’m sad to hear that we are taking away education in addition to closing pools, not maintaining parks, and not supporting the growth of youth social programs. We need to stand up as a community and promote programs for our youth. Education, talent and skill, social, sports, activities. With this becomes an attractive community to settle, build homes, and expand.

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Apr-17-13 9:44 AM

"" . But this is just another step in thinking that every kid has to go to a four year school ""

IIRC, awhile back reading an article about State &/or Federal School funding having ties too the percentage of the graduating students that entered College.

They didn't need to graduate from college or stay in college for the school to receive the extra Money.

Could this be enough for our children to be PUSHED into Higher education regardless if they want, need, or can afford it.

Money... Aint it special.

Its been a while so I could be wrong...!

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Apr-17-13 9:40 AM

Education in this country is truly at a crossroads. It's no question that the U.S. lags behind most of the world in Math and Sciences, but do we sacrifice opportunities that CTE classes provide just to emphasize classes that allow students to test better? While I agree with Tom Zimmerman that this is not a "single-minded decision to save a few bucks," this decision has created a slippery slope of eliminating programs which provide an opportunity for kids who may not be able to acquire post secondary education.

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Apr-17-13 9:40 AM

Having gone through this program, it is utterly disappointing to see this happen. These classes prepared me for the courses I would eventually take at Penn State and provided skills that I continue to use in my career today. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to enroll in this program.

Principal Reed discussed combining the drafting curriculum with other classes, such as Intro to Engineering, which is a great idea. This would work, assuming the teachers of these existing classes will be able to fit this new curriculum into, I'm sure, an already full schedule. Also, the current drafting instructors are Industry certified. Will the district require these existing teachers to seek certification?

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Apr-17-13 9:03 AM

On the surface the board may appear to be doing what the private sector is doing, cutting costs by combining jobs. But, I would think we should put more emphasis on technical areas and skills so our kids can be employable or at least have the basics for further education. It would be interesting to see what courses are offered, maybe the school needs to more aggressively educate our kids in areas that are in demand. We don't need anymore college educated cashiers. We need young people with technical and hands on skills.

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Apr-17-13 8:42 AM

I graduated from WAHS in 2002. I now hold a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Penn College. I'm on the manufacturing advisory committees at both Penn College and Jersey Shore High School. This is a terrible decision for a program that was already lagging behind other high schools in the area. I would love to know what "industry consultants" advised them as I don't know any local professionals in the drafting or engineering fields that would have made any such recommendation. A truly disappointing decision for a school that has the potential to have a great CAD/manufacturing program to compliment the other great vocational programs. But this is just another step in thinking that every kid has to go to a four year school and we shouldn't teach them any real world skills or expose them to specific areas of industry before they leave high school. It's no wonder such a huge percentage of kids leave high school having no idea what they want to do.

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Apr-17-13 8:19 AM

I am student at WAHS and this "mistake" will not only affect more than five students it will affect all 9th grades coming into this high school in that thy will not be able to take is interdutory class with is avable to all 9th graders. we that are in his lvl 1 course wich there are more than five students in but also there are some of his students that come over from south williamsport so add some of there 9th graders and it will affect more that 5 students over all. Also my step dad (not to bring personal things into this) is in the reconstuction buisness wich i have watched him work and learn the ropes he thinks that drafting and design is a importent thin in this field. so this is my side of the story but i wish not to be quoted but if you fell this will fix this wrong doing to the students feel free. Thank you for your time. If you want to reach me you can contact me at bronsonmcclellan@aol**** Bronson McClellan.

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Apr-17-13 8:04 AM

Cancelling courses that can actually assist in getting a good job...well thought out.

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Apr-17-13 8:03 AM

How about eliminating swimming? Better yet, make the course selections public. I'd love to know what courses I'm paying for.

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Apr-17-13 7:55 AM

I would like to know the Industry Consultants they talked to, because I am pretty sure anyone creditable in industry would totally disagree with this and would not support getting rid of a state accredited CAD program in hopes other teachers will teach what they do not know. I cant get over at such ******** this is saying "affect no more than five students next school year." because it will affect a lot more than that.

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Apr-17-13 7:39 AM

I agree Jeff, it's a huge mistake, it's very typical of what governement/school districts have been doing lately, but it's a big mistake.

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Apr-17-13 7:34 AM

This kind of technical education is needed in this age! This a mistake!

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Apr-17-13 6:24 AM

Typical. Less Education. Less Jobs.

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