Comments heard on future high school plans

Last week, community and business leaders from all over Warren County joined the discussion about the possible reconfiguration of high schools.

There were two community engagement and outreach meetings at the Warren County School District central office. The meetings were by invitation and included government, business, and community leaders.

They voiced positives and negatives for each of the possible configurations still facing the school board.

One setup was not on the list.

One of those in attendance asked why they hadn’t been given a chance to comment on the 2Schools1Fight proposal.

In that idea, the Warren County School District would be split into five independently operated regions. Those regions would be affiliated, with a centralized organization managing certain tasks. But, the regions would have their own boards making most decisions for the schools in those areas.

At a previous meeting, board members were asked if they had reached out to those who designed that solution. They looked in a different direction.

“After the last meeting, we sought the advice of our solicitor,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said. “Our solicitor reviewed the materials that are posted and it is not allowable by school code.”

Stewart confirmed that the code in question was not a local one, but the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

In addition to regularly scheduled school board and committee meetings, there are still chances for the community to have input into the process.

“There are still two public engagement sessions,” Jacqui Catrabone of Strategy Solutions said. “There will be a survey that will be going out.”

The school district will also continue to update the Frequently Asked Questions under the master facilities plan tab on the wcsdpa.org website.


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