COAL TOWNSHIP - The projected enrollment for next school year at Northumberland County Career and Technology Center has increased to 100 students, but only 59 will attend one-year, full-time programs being instituted for the first time.

During the monthly meeting of the school's operating agency Wednesday, administrative director James Monaghan announced 59 of the 100 students will attend the new yearlong program, while 41 students will be enrolled in half-day programs.

The enrollment figures include 34 full-time and eight part-time students from Shamokin Area, 20 full-time and three part-time students from Line Mountain, and five full-time and 30 part-time students from Mount Carmel Area.

Last year's enrollment totaled 105.

A strong recruiting effort by officials at the center and three home schools have helped increase the projected enrollment at the vo-tech facility for next school year.

Although serious concerns still exist over how successful a one-year, full-time, senior-only program being instituted in September will be, operating agency members are optimistic about the projected enrollment, which has jumped from 57 in March to 100 in June.

In addition to the strong recruitment, enrollment figures increased when school officials agreed to allow sophomores and juniors at each of the three sending school districts to attend certain classes on a half-time basis.

The computer technology class taught by Debbi Dobson has been eliminated due to poor enrollment, Monaghan said. The projected enrollment for the shop was listed as three after 16 of the 19 students enrolled in the program in 2011-12 graduated.

Dobson, who earned a salary of $34,000, was furloughed.

In other business

Monaghan reported approximately $40,000 in scholarship and gifts were presented to students at the school's annual awards program May 23.

The board approved a contract for computer technology support, ERate management, PIMS, PATI management, and network infrastructure planning and implementation with Timothy Latshaw at an hourly rate of $75, not to exceed 150 hours, from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The services provided by Latshaw, who retired this year as technology director for Shamokin Area School District, were previously provided by Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) at a higher hourly rate.

Directors approved an agreement for SchoolWires of State College to serve as the PassKey manager for the center's website, from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, at a cost of $6,490 for the first year and $2,340 for the second year of the agreement. The service is eligible for the Pennsylvania ERate Discount Program.

The tuition rate for students enrolled in the school's programs beyond high school was established at $7 per hour, effective next school year.

The board renewed its insurance policy with Myers & Lynch Insurance Inc. for the 2012-2013 school year in the amount of $32,404, which is a decrease of $357 from the 2011-12 school year.

Directors approved the use of one classroom each at the center by Shamokin Area School District for the alternative education program and K-3 program for the 2012-13 school year.

The board also approved the use of two classrooms by the CSIU for Headstart and work activity life skills programs at a monthly fee of $1,150 ($13,800 per year) for the 2012-13 school year.

A four-day week was approved for all 12-month personnel at the school who will work their contractual hours between June 18 and Aug. 16.

Directors eliminated the traditional and KHP health care plan options through the CSIU for eligible school employees and retirees, effective July 1.

Directors attending the meeting were Donna James, Brian Persing, Charles Shuey, Dennis Erdman and David Scott Bartholomew. Board members Michael Rovito and Ronald McElwee were absent.