Board approves amended settlement

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School District continued Tuesday the process of trying to finalize a settlement between it and the Mifflin County School District regarding the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center.

During Tuesday’s meeting in Mifflintown, the JCSD Board of Directors approved an amended settlement agreement with MCSD. Superintendent Richard Musselman said the details of the agreement are similar to the settlement approved Thursday, with one exception regarding the medical science program at the school.

The amended settlement is an agreement between districts that Juniata County will not start any vocational education programs except medical science, which was already under way for the 2013-2014 school year. Musselman said JCSD is set to provide the program to about 20 students next year.

The MCSD board of directors will conduct a special business meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the primary purpose of CTC settlement. If the amended agreement is approved, Musselman said JCSD students will have the opportunity to attend the CTC next year for programs other than medical science, building trades, computer-aided drafting and agriculture science, which will be offered in Juniata County.

If the agreement is not approved, Musselman said the settlement will continue in court proceedings beginning Thursday.