Central Dauphin votes no to student move

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Central Dauphin School Board considered four options to help address overcrowding issues at West Hanover Elementary School.

Among those, the district considered modular classrooms at a cost of $100,000 or moving 91 students from West Hanover Elementary to Linglestown Elementary School. In the end, the board decided to increase class size, which would allow the students to stay at West Hanover for the 2015-2016 school year.

Angela Senft attended Monday night’s meeting. She supports the decision.

“I believe that increasing class size is the best option right now,” she said, “but it’s putting off the obvious. We will have to redistrict at some point.”

Melanie Bischof says she moved back to West Hanover so her kids could attend the school. She was relieved when she heard the students will be staying put next year.

“I am happy to know that my daughter will be attending West Hanover next year,” she said. “We have to move forward and work on additional plans for the future.”

Board members encouraged parents to attend future meetings because there are going to be major issues that will affect every school.  Board president Ford Thompson says the district is handcuffed by pensions and health care costs.

Thompson estimates that if it doesn’t make some changes, the district could see a budget shortfall in 2018 of nearly $25 million.


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