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Go-ahead given for Challenger Learning Center application


Last night’s Indiana School Board meeting was focused on high school programming restructuring that could help offset future deficits.

High School Principal Wade McElheny gave a presentation on several key restructuring points. The following are all scheduled to take effect in the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Dual enrollment with IUP andWestmorelandCountyCommunity Collegeis now extended to eligible juniors.
  • Students can take remedial courses for Keystone exams if they don’t achieve at least a proficient score. These remedial courses will count towards elective-based credits when they complete the remedial course. This last part is to help students graduate on time.
  • Eligible seniors interested in pursuing a college degree in education can take credit-based internships at the elementary and middle schools.
  • Students can be dismissed from the school year early as long as they complete the necessary requirements.

The school board authorized the administration to modify the senior high schedule to a 10 period system. This means nine class periods plus lunch. The classes would be 39 minutes long with a 2:40 dismissal time. This would also mean that the elementary is dismissed 10 minutes later.

McElheny said that it was a “bold and ambitious timeline” to help offset the projected $1.2 to $1.5 million deficit.


The board also gave the go-ahead to the Challenger Learning Center committee to begin an application to have a center in Indiana.

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