SPARTA — Sussex County Technical School’s decision to scrap its e-commerce program at the end of this month has upset students who have started a petition urging administrators to change their minds.
Students at the e-commerce “store,” one of the school’s career and technical education programs, learned of the decision last Monday in a letter sent to parents. The program is being cut “due to low enrollment and lack of student interest,” the letter said.
All program members will meet with their guidance counselor “to discuss other career technical education programs,” the letter from Stacy Crosson, the school’s assistant principal, says.
“Your child’s counselor will guide them on the program that best suits their individual abilities and interests,” the letter read, although it noted that “not all programs will be available due to current enrollment and various program requirements”.
The students said they were trying different methods to get the school to reinstate the program until the students currently in it graduate.
A group of sophomore e-commerce students have created an online petition asking for help “so we can save our amazing program that we’ve learned so much from in just two short years.” The petition garnered more than 1,100 signatures Friday afternoon.
“We hope we can change the board’s decision or at least let the kids who are currently in it (program) complete,” student Victoria Brandt wrote to the New Jersey Herald.
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Students in other programs plan to address the issue at the school’s next school council meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 23.
The e-commerce store is one of more than 20 county school vocational and technical education programs that students can choose to study for four years. Students enroll in programs while in eighth grade at their sending schools. On Friday, e-commerce was not listed as an available store on the school’s website.
Neither Crosson nor the school’s superintendent and principal, Gus Modla, responded to requests for additional information on Friday.