Update on Washington Township efforts to leave Dover district

Remember the folks who want to move Washington Township from the Dover Area School District?

For months, the Washington Township Education Coalition‘s website urged residents to sign its petition, which you might remember is the one of the first steps towards seceding from a school district.

But recently I noticed that the site had changed – it now says thank you.

“The vast majority of Washington Township have¬†signed the WTEC petition to change school districts to Northern York (County) School District,” the site says. “Representing the will of the people, WTEC will¬†move forward through the legal process.”

So I called Joe Seiber, with the coalition, and asked for an update. He emailed in response and said the coalition has no comment at this time.

After gathering petition signatures, the next step, according to the state, the petition must be filed with the local county court of common pleas, which will determine if a majority of “taxable inhabitants” have indeed signed. Then it heads to the state to determine the educational merits.

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I’ve previously reported that there aren’t a whole lot of other cases to go by when it comes to trying to leave a school district. But it looks like one group had success.

According to news reports, the Riegelsville Tax and Education Coalition has had success.

The group fought to have about 50 to 60 students transferred from the Easton Area School District to the Palisades School District, according to reports. And years later, it looks like it’s going to happen.

Reports said the Riegelsville kids traveled through another school district to get to school in Easton.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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One Response to Update on Washington Township efforts to leave Dover district

  1. Heather Dengler says:

    Please keep in mind that a large contingency of Washington Twp residents do not support the WTEC’s efforts. We want to remain in Dover School District which is providing our children with an excellent education and a host of extra- curricular opportunities. We really do not see an educational advantage to moving our children to Northern schools; we want our children to follow in their current curriculum and enjoy the relationships that they’ve established with their peers, teachers, and coaches. The well-being of our children trumps the perceived tax savings any day.

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