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Plum alternative education program to continue for 2013-14

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Seventeen Plum High School students can remain in an alternative education program this fall.

The Plum School Board on Tuesday night approved an agreement in which the district will pay tuition for its students enrolled at the Boyce Campus Middle College High School, also known as BCMC, at the Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus in Monroeville.

The district is set to pay $7,000 per student or $119,000 for the program, Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said.

The Penn Hills School District will provide the teachers. Students from the Gateway School District also are enrolled in the program.

Plum's two teachers will be brought back to the district. A guidance counselor from BCMC is set to be laid off, board member Joe Tommarello said.

The board had considered eliminating the middle college high school program, at a cost of $246,228, during budget discussions. The Penn Hills School District's proposal to pay for the teachers and the rent of the facility led to the Plum School Board's decision to continue the district's participation.

The Penn Hills School Board also is expected to consider voting on the proposal at its meeting tomorrow, June 27.

Plum School Board member Sal Colella who on Tuesday night voted in favor of the district's $56 millon budget said he is pleased the program will remain intact for the district's students.

“It was absolutely essential that we provide those 17 students the opportunity to finish their academic careers at BCMC,” Colella said. “It's the right thing to do.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, or at

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