Member withdrawal shutters alternative high school

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Directors at Parkway West Career and Technology Center in North Fayette voted tonight to terminate its Alternative Center for Education program at the close of the current school year.

The move will displace approximately 20 students and causes six teachers and one administrator to be furloughed.

The 11 member school districts decided to withdraw participation in the program after this year due to low overall enrollment and increasing costs.

The alternative high school was created in 1989 for students who may not fit the mold of traditional public schooling. Initially, the school consisted of 12 member districts and had 82 students enrolled. Keystone Oaks withdrew several years ago when it formed its own in-house alternative school.

ACE currently provides alternative education for 41 students; 21 of which should graduate this year, said Alfred McGivern, ACE principal.

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Sonja Reis, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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