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Millersburg district changes graduation requirements
By David Sassaman, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


MILLERSBURG • The Millersburg Area School Board, at its Jan. 25 meeting, approved a revision to the district’s graduation requirements, effective with the Class of 2019 (the current freshman class).

The change adds two credits – one math and one science – to the core requirements. The addtional requirements can be met by any combination of available courses. 

Currently, students can graduate with just three courses each in math and science.  According to school officials, the addition is designed to align requirements with the district’s Vision Statement and promote a more rigorous academic program.  

In other business, Craig Zimmerman of Crabtree Rorbaugh & Associaties reported on the progress of the ongoing construction/renovation project on the secondary campus.

Overall, the project is ahead of schedule, according to Zimmerman.

An estimated 60 percent of the contracted work has been completed at this time and about 15 percent of the Contingency Fund has been used, much of it to address the asbestos issues discovered last summer.

The board approved a new change order – the addition of drywall bulkheads to cover obstructions below the regular ceiling height at several places. 

According to the monthly Treasurer’s report, the district has received some of the state funding released by directive of Gov. Tom Wolf late last year. At this point, the district has gotten about 45 percent of the total dollar amount it had been expecting.

In personnel issues, Jeremy Shaffer was hired as the sound board and lighting manager for the school’s upcoming musical. 

In a sports-related issue, it was announced that no softball coach has been hired at this time.

Establishment of an after-school tennis program was tabled until the February board meeting.

The board, this month, affirmed its commitment to provide career and technical education for students.  Millersburg students can utilize the Dauphin County Area Vocational Technical School, although the district is not a sponsoring member of the school.


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