School Closure Recommendations to Be Discussed at Thursday Meeting

The Council Rock School Board will be discussing recommendations from the Capital Planning Committee, including the closure of Wrightstown Elementary School.

The Council Rock School Board will discuss recommendations, including school closures, made by its Capital Planning Committee during a meeting Thursday, according to the agenda posted on the district’s website.

The committee, which presented its findings to the board in June, has proposed one scenario that includes closing Wrightstown Elementary School and Richboro Middle School. Students would be redistricted to other locations. 

That proposal has caused outrage among residents in Wrightstown, who have rallied to stop the discussion before it starts. 

An online petition opposing the school closure posted on change.org has garnered more than 750 signatures. In addition, Wrightstown Elementary School supporters have created a Facebook page, Save Wrightstown Elementary School.

Council Rock’s Capital Planning Committee was tasked with coming up with a capital plan by assessing the district’s buildings and overall student enrollment. The committee said since Wrightstown Elementary School, located on Penns Park Road, is the district’s smallest and most inefficient school, it should be closed.   

However, Wrightstown residents don’t want any serious consideration of the matter. 

“We realize that this is only a proposal but we the community members of Council Rock School District want to communicate our displeasure and concern regarding this suggestion from the start of the decision making process,” the petition states.

Thursday's meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chancellor Center, 30 N Chancellor St., Newtown.

Nifer July 16, 2014 at 08:43 AM


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