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Carlynton students soon will have a new opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school — and they'll be able to open a spot in their schedules by completing a physical-education requirement in the summer.

The district's school board approved a proposal April 4 to begin a physical-education summer program for students who want to make room in their schedules for more advanced electives.

Superintendent Gary Peiffer “told us that he would like to see us look into this,” physical-education teacher Lisa Rowley said.

Pete Banaszak, also a physical-education teacher, said the program has been in the works for months. “We started discussing it in December,” he said.

The program also will help students who didn't successfully complete a physical-education course during the school year to recover credits. Students will be held accountable for their attendance.

“If they miss one day, they will exit the program,” Rowley said.

Rowley said the program is based on class time the students would receive in a normal year. “We're covering that amount of instruction time in just three weeks,” she said.

The summer phys-ed program will last for three weeks, and students who pass will receive the regular fourth-tenths of a credit.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and cost around $300. The program will include cardio fitness, golf, soccer, volleyball, strength training and aquatics and also allows for field trips.

Golf will be included in the first week. Students will visit the driving range at Scally's Golf Center in Moon.

The next week, students will visit a ropes course, which will provide not only physical activity but a cooperative team-building experience, Banaszak said.

In the third week, students can become certified in CPR and first aid.

In addition to the summer program, the school board approved a dual-enrollment Spanish program with La Roche College in McCandless, starting in the 2013-2014 school year.

The program will be for Carlynton's third- and fourth-level Spanish classes and will cost about $200. The class will be taught at Carlynton by an approved instructor.

La Roche's dual-enrollment program works with more than 30 local school districts to allow students to earn college credits with their high school Spanish classes.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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