WCSD Releases FAQ Regarding Reconfiguration Implementation

June 22, 2023

RUSSELL, Pa. – The Warren County School District released a FAQ document Wednesday answering questions about how the high school reconfiguration option approved earlier this month will be implemented.

That option, which will send all Sheffield Middle High School 9 – 12 students to Warren Area High School every morning to take three core classes (English, math, and science), was chosen unanimously by the WCSD Board of Directors on June 12.

According to the FAQ, one teaching position in each core subject will be moved from Sheffield to WAHS.

More than 40 questions are answered in the initial version of the FAQ. The full FAQ can be found here.

During a public engagement session on June 19, Board President Paul Mangione and WCSD Superintendent Amy Stewart answered a handful of questions from community members. Stewart responded to several questions by saying they would be answered in the FAQ document released Wednesday.

One question, asked by likely future board member Tammi Holden, that remained without a definitive answer during the public engagement session was answered in the FAQ document. Holden asked whether Sheffield students who take their core classes virtually could do so at Sheffield.

The answer is “no,” according to the FAQ document because, “there are no high school classes or study halls at SAMHS periods one through three.”

That answer holds true for students taking dual enrollment courses as well, according to the FAQ.

Another unanswered question from the public engagement session, asked by Kari Smith, was whether a household with both a 9 – 12 student and a K – 8 student would have their kids arrive home after school on the same bus.

“The afternoon bus runs will be ‘normal’ bus runs with K – 12 students together on their bus,” the FAQ reads.

The anticipated bell schedule has Sheffield students arriving at WAHS for breakfast with first period beginning at 7:55 a.m. Third period ends at 10:36 a.m. and students will arrive at Sheffield at 11:10 a.m. in time for lunch at 11:13 a.m. The travel time (10:40 – 11:10 a.m.) will replace the Advisory period for Sheffield students.

Questions regarding activities, instruction, or other activities typically done during Advisory were primarily answered with some form of “An Activity Period Schedule can be run at any time at SAMHS.”

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