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Jim Thorpe and Youth Services Agency reach tentative agreement

Published August 21. 2014 03:14PM

Jim Thorpe Area School District and the Youth Services Agency have reached a tentative two-year agreement regarding the placement of students from a local facility for troubled youth.

Brian Gasper, Jim Thorpe superintendent, said Thursday that a special school board meeting has been set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to finalize the agreement.

“Essentially what the agreement does is allow the district to sit down with YSA and evaluate their students on a case-by-case basis to see which ones would be good candidates to be educated in our high school,” Gasper said. “We expect that given the volatile nature of a lot of those students, the number of them coming here would be small.”

The two sides have negotiated at length after YSA officials claimed it was not receiving enough funding from Jim Thorpe and might close its doors after 10 years in operation.

YSA representatives have already signed the new agreement, Gasper said.

Check out Friday's Times News for the complete story.

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