September 5, 2008

Dual Enrollment Program at Greensburg Salem Will Get More Attention

By Bob Stiles

Greensburg Salem officials said Wednesday that they plan to turn over more duties for the dual enrollment program to high school staff in an effort to solve a few problems that have cropped up this year.

Superintendent Tom Yarabinetz outlined the changes for school board members during a meeting last night.

The changes include bringing in a guidance counselor during summer months to help coordinate efforts, and a high school assistant principal will be more involved in scheduling and related matters, he said.

"Hopefully, this will be a much smoother operation as this goes forward," Yarabinetz told directors.

The program allows students to take high school and college courses.

Last month, parent Barry Gaetano told directors that his daughter did not know scheduling and related matters at the University of Pittsburgh soon enough. Directors heard similar complaints from a parent last school year.

After the meeting, the superintendent explained that universities involved in the program have different schedules and requirements, making the enrollment process more difficult.

The program previously was handled mostly by officials at the central administration office.

The district has six students enrolled at Pitt and five at Seton Hill University. Another student will be enrolled at Westmoreland County Community College during the second semester.

In another matter, Yarabinetz told directors that railing should be installed at the high school and Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School by the end of the month.

Workers are in the process of replacing a few remaining bricks at the middle school, he said. Roof work is completed at the middle school, except for a northern section of the structure. That roof work should be done by the middle of this month, Yarabinetz projected.

Classes are not being affected by the continuing work, the superintendent said.

Directors also granted a request made yesterday by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's Greensburg office to register voters during a home football game.

Yarabinetz said the group will be registering people for all political parties, not just Democrats.

"This is just registering," he added.

Directors said the registering could be done on a sidewalk area outside Offutt Field to avoid conflicts related to politics.

Republican John McCain's office also will be invited to register voters, school officials said.

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