Board cedes CTC ownership

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School District Board of Directors relinquished their partial ownership of the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center during a special board meeting held Tuesday in Mifflintown.

Superintendent Richard Musselman said the board OK’d the proposed settlement agreement approved Thursday by the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors, with one revision to reconciliation payments regarding alleged budget inconsistencies throughout the past 10 years.

Musselman said Juniata County agreed to pay reconciliation for only the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. According to documentation provided to the media, that reconciliation amount is approximately $360,000.

The settlement agreement gives MCSD “complete control” of the CTC, he said. Whether or not JCSD students will be able to attend the CTC during the 2013-2014 school year is uncertain, he said, but the district hopes to have the opportunity to send students there next year. In that case, Musselman said Juniata County would be allotted a certain number of seats, and the district would pay tuition for students to attend.

While details of any future arrangement involving Juniata County students attending the CTC still need to be discussed by the two school districts, Musselman said Juniata County is exploring alternate schooling to ensure that students have access to vocational instruction.

During the meeting, the board voted to pursue an agreement with SUN Area Technical School, in New Berlin, to provide vocational instruction to JCSD students. Musselman said SUN is a cooperative currently under the direction of five other school districts. He said every district, regardless of size, has equal representation on the operations committee.

Musselman said SUN offers an “extremely good program” with “equipment that is first rate” where students can earn college credits. The school offers the same programs as MJCTC, plus additional courses in dental, electronic and other instruction.

After the board approved the settlement agreement, board members Randy Dressler and Glenda Leister resigned from the Joint Operations Committee that currently oversees operations for MJCTC. Ray Page and John Noss volunteered to fill the vacancies.

In other new business, the board:

Approved the purchase and installation of wall and stage padding in the Tuscarora Junior High School gymnasium from Resilite Sports Products Inc. Total cost is expected to be $3,830.39.

Approved the employment of Chelsea L. Boyer as a health professions instructor, effective Aug. 21.

Approved an agreement with Midd-West School District for the cooperative sponsorship of football.

Approved a resolution authorizing the display and advertising of the district’s proposed final budget for 2013-2014.