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Panel: Washington Twp. should stay with Dover School District

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WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - A sub-committee of the Pennsylvania Board of Education recommended Wednesday to deny a petition by residents in the York County community to leave the Dover School District and join the Northern York County School District.

The full board is expected to vote on the petition at its meeting Thursday morning.

“My hope for the Dover School District is to move past this ruling,” Rep. Seth Grove, (R) – York County, said. “We can again focus on making the Dover School District a great place to raise a family, a great place to locate your business, and a great educational institution that focuses on the academic success of all our students.”

The subcommittee found students at both Northern York and Dover school districts performed at about the same level and noted the negative financial impact on Dover schools if Washington Township was allowed to join Northern York.

“If you look at us from an economic standpoint, from a demographic standpoint, both Dover and Northern are very similar school districts,” Drew Becker, a teacher, said.

The committee questioned when the transfer could take place, potentially as late as the fall of 2017. It was also concerned with the supporters' motives, namely the potential for lower property taxes and revenge for dover closing their local school four years ago.

“ We need to move on,” Holly Feeser, founder of the Keep Us In Dover Schools (KIDS) group, said. “We need to be involved with our school district, so we need to volunteer, get involved, be volunteers and participate to make our education a better one."