The Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick PA
ROYERSFORD PA – Educating Spring-Ford Area School District students at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, Graterford Road, Limerick PA, may be costing as much as $26,000 per pupil annually because high schoolers’ enrollment in the center’s classes is so low, The Limerick Patch online news service reported Tuesday (June 28, 2011).
The center provides skilled trades’ education to students in the Spring-Ford, Pottsgrove and Upper Perkiomen high schools. During the just-ended 2010-2011 school year, it had a maximum of only 110 Spring-Ford students enrolled, according to a Spring-Ford school board discussion on which The Patch reported. Pottsgrove and Upper Perkiomen had significantly more enrollments.
“We could send kids to a private vocational school for less money,” said Spring-Ford Board of School Directors Vice-President Thomas DiBello groused during the board’s most recent business meeting, according to The Patch.
Board members agreed both the district and center needed to do a better job of marketing those classes and explaining their benefits.