Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology is a regional vocational technical training school serving local public schools and adult learners. The school was established in 1969 by the Centre County public school districts. The School was formerly known as Centre County Vocational-Technical School. The school is governed by a board made up of school board directors from the four sending public school districts. The members are selected by the president of their respective school board and serve one year terms. The superintendent is from one of the sending districts and serves a one-year term on a rotating basis. In 2015, enrollment was 360 pupils, with 45% of pupils eligible for a free lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The complex is located in Pleasant Gap, within the Bellefonte Area School District's attendance region.
The member school districts are: Penns Valley Area School District, Bald Eagle Area School District and Bellefonte Area School District. In 2015, the majority of students (41%) came from Bald Eagle Area School District. Bellefonte Area School District students were 39% of enrolled pupils.
In the Spring of each year, the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology budget proposal must be submitted to the School Boards of each of the four sending public school districts for approval or rejection. Each District pays an annual fee to Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology based on the number of pupils attending from their District. The Board of Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology cannot levy taxes. It does charge tuition and various fees to adult learners who register for courses.
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