With approval by Bald Eagle, Bellefonte and Penns Valley area school boards, ninth-grade students could attend CPI as early as next school year.
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is owned by the three Centre County school districts, and offers technical education for students in 10th to 12 grades.
At a Bellefonte Area school board meeting Tuesday night at Marion-Walker Elementary School, Superintendent Cheryl Potteiger announced CPI passed a resolution Monday to include freshmen as part of its student body.
Preliminary figures, Potteiger said, show 238 Bellefonte Area students are interested in going to CPI next school year, including 55 upcoming freshmen.
She said preference would go to upperclassmen first, and ninth-grade students could fill in any room available.
Individual school districts then need to adopt the precedent at future board meetings if they want to participate.