School district fight over a York County township goes forward

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 12, 2015 4:55 AM

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A special State Board of Education committee will make a recommendation to the full state Board following at least one public meeting.

(Harrisburg) -- Some people in Washington Township, York County want to jump to the Northern York County School District and leave the Dover Area School District.

Ultimately, it's up to the state Board of Education.

But first, a special committee will hear from three groups opposed to the change -- the Dover district, teacher's union and the group Keep us In Dover Schools, or KIDS.

But Washington Township Education Coalition President Joe Sieber doesn't seem bothered by the ruling -- even though his coalition opposed the group's participation.

"I wouldn't have it any other way, you can't exclude them. I don't think any of that was the original intent," he says. "It's fair to hear from everybody, hear everybody's opinion and give them more time and I don't know how you can run a transparent and open process unless you allow all people in the township, including kids, including all the parents, all the taxpayers, everybody that's an adult, to speak."

A public meeting is set for June 3rd and 4th at the York County courthouse. Keep us in Dover Schools' Holly Feeser is bracing for a lot of testimony...

"Crowded. Very crowded. I think it will be passionate, from the parents, from the children."

No timetable has been set for a decision.

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