Moving alt. ed. gets some criticism

Program administration want to move the district’s alternative education program from Warren Area High School to the Warren County Career Center.

But some members of the WCCC staff have given the concept a frosty reception.

Administration presented to the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee of the school board in March regarding the benefits of such a change for the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth program. Program administrator Misty Weber said the move would allow the program to “stay within our facilities” and maintain the “current curriculum opportunities we have now.”

Other cited benefits including decreased traffic between the two buildings as well as less interaction between the AEDY program and the general student population.

At issue are three classrooms and the Warren County Education Association office at the WCCC.

Administration proposed to utilize the large business room as the senior high AEDY classroom with the two smaller accounting classrooms to be utilized as junior high AEDY classrooms. The WCEA office would then be utilized as the office for AEDY staff.

According to the proposal, Computer 9 classes and computer lab would be moved to WAHS and accounting classes would move into the marketing room.

“The business program could be eliminated,” Business Technology Curriculum Coordinator Claudia Solinko said, explaining that the computer lab which would be utilized for the AEDY program is currently utilized for testing. She said that a separate computer lab for testing is essential so that students aren’t required to “test in the same environment as instruction. We do use that class.”

According to a presentation she prepared for committee meetings in April, her proposal is to leave the AEDY program at WAHS until a new superintendent is hired and a vocational director is in place at the WCCC. She proposed that the mobile classrooms at Eisenhower Middle High School that are currently utilized for additional space during construction could be used to house the AEDY program in the future.

Acting Superintendent Amy Stewart said late last week that a final decision has yet to be made. “I have asked for some more information with regard to program enrollment,” she said. “This issue has a lot of moving parts that must be considered.”