A program allowing Ambridge Area students to attend classes at the CCBC Aviation Academy has taken flight.
The school board voted 6-2 to allow the high school to partner with the CCBC Aviation Academy to provide the college-level classes. Students who attend will be responsible for paying for the course and can earn college credits.
A kick-off event to promote the partnership took place the following day and an assembly for Ambridge Area students is planned.
Some board members felt they weren't provided enough information about transportation, credits and other logistics before approving the partnership.
School Director Robert Keber, who voted no, asked if the board was "putting the cart before the horse" in not knowing details of transportations, credits and other details.
"I think the Aviation Academy is going to be a good outlet for our students who are interested in that chosen field, but at the meet and discuss meeting last week there were many unanswered questions," Keber said.
Superintendent Cynthia Zurchin said many of the details, such as transportation, weren't available at the board meeting Wednesday night because a list of participating school districts hadn't been finalized and no students were yet enrolled.
Solicitor Lisa Colautti said the superintendent was correct to ask for the board’s permission to participate in the program.
“The expected costs are going to be shared among the member districts to get their kids to participate in this program,” Colautti said.
Zurchin said other school boards were very much in favor of the plan. Once there is a determination of from all of the participating districts on the number of students, she said officials will work on transportation and other logistics.
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