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Midstate school district hopes new alternative school will attract students

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 22, 2013 1:20 AM

(Landisville) -- A school district in Lancaster County is building a facility for students in its alternative school.

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Although the name is only slightly changing, the difference will be very noticable, says Hempfield Superintendent Brenda Becker.

The Landisville Education Center will replace the Rohrerstown Education Center, a building with a host of maintenance problems, including a leaky roof.

Dr. Becker says three students already attend the Alternative Education program from other districts, and the goal is to expand the effort.

She adds the new facility will help set up students for success.

"We've been able to bring them, get them successfully through courses and to graduation, and these are students who would potentially be dropouts in the past. And for us not to have our own program, it would cost us at least $40,000 a year per student per placement."

Becker says the district School Board and administration is looking long term in deciding to move forward with the building.

Superintendent Brenda Becker says it's a decision that looks toward the future.

Too many times there are decisions made by politicians and boards of directors not to spend money, not to build a building, not to raise taxes, only to find out that 5, 10, 15 years down the road, it's going to cost you two to three times as much because the problem wasn't taken care of at the time."

The district plans to open the new $5.4 million center in time for next school year.

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