Washington Township officials have said they’ll look at the possibility of seceding from the Dover Area School District if the district decides to close Kralltown Elementary, which is a possibility as the district faces a $2.5 million budget deficit.
Update on their plans coming soon
But here’s a look what it would actually take for a municipality to secede from its district, according to state education department spokesman Steve Weitzman.
It’s a “long and complex” process, he said.
First and foremost, there has to be a contiguous district that the municipality can join.
“It can’t be an island in the middle of another district,” he said.
Next: a majority of the “taxable inhabitants” must file a petition with the local county court of common pleas. The court determines if a majority has signed.
That petition is sent to the state education secretary. The secretary does some homework to determine the “educational merits” of the proposal, Weitzman said, then forwards that information to the court.
The court can approve or deny based on the educational merits, he said, but ultimately, the state Board of Education also has to approve the proposal.
“I don’t think it’s unprecedented but it’s long and difficult,” he said.
I did a few searches for the subject. It looks like a municipality tried to secede from the Easton Area School District a few years ago. Various reports show the idea was rejected twice by the state, but efforts were ongoing as of September.
Am I missing any other places that have done this? Any success stories? What do you think of the idea of leaving one school district for another?