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Demolition Begins at Former Leary School

Patch spotted crews on site Thursday.

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Kevin Quinn March 15, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Does anyone have site plans for the schools? I am most interested in Longstreth.
Debbie A March 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
will they still use the baseball fields????
Ryan March 16, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Hope it ends up being a 55+ development otherwise we will need to add onto the existing schools to handle the extra number of kids in the school district. I think our real-estate taxes need to be reduced if more homes are being built to bring in added revenue for our township, our taxes went from $1,800 to $3700 in 8 yrs. without increasing the size of our dwelling.
David Soldano March 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM
The Leary site will still have baseball this year (this is the last year). About 20 house will be built on there, regular homes like the ones that were built next to the township build 10 years ago.
john fitzgerald March 16, 2013 at 04:33 PM
What happened to the tax revenue generated from Ann's Choice? There are hundreds of units that should have put money into the township. My taxes went from $2800 to over $6000
Ryan March 16, 2013 at 08:06 PM
John, that's what I want to know. What about all of the new homes at the villas of five ponds, and the new homes constructed on Christ-Homes old property that they sold off 10yrs ago and all of the new recent construction on Christ-Homes Property. I guess that the extra tax revenue either all vanished into someones pockets or all went into the million dollar ball fields at the new state of the art WTHS that we needed to impress all of the other townships with. I feel so bad for the elderly that don't have any kids in the school district. I have two kids but my wife will be homeschooling both of them so we will see no benefit of our school tax dollars that we will be paying for the rest of our lives. I think that we all need to find a way to fight to have are taxes re-evaluated as our home values have declines significantly as our real estate taxes have continued to rise every year, over time we are going to be living in the getto with more declining house values because if we need a new roof, need to replace a window or driveway- no money to afford it because we need to pay our tax bill, Oh I forgot the elderly on social security that can't mow their own lawn but can't afford to pay the landscaper $35 per week to cut it, the grass is going to get really tall. Hows that for the image of this great township warminster that we live in.
bob ford March 16, 2013 at 08:35 PM
it is sad the middle class are getting screwed more everyday the rich are getting richer and the working class get poorer i agree they need to re-evaluate taxes people are losing there jobs left and right so no end in sight
Robert Severn March 18, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I'm glad that Alta Leary didn't have to see this. She deserves to be remembered for her contributions to the district long after the school is gone.
Longtime Resident March 18, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Christ Home is a non-profit organization so there is no new tax revenue from there. The Villas they pay taxes, however Annes Choice did not pay any tax for the first 10 years.
Sharon Benton March 20, 2013 at 02:20 AM
This school will be sadly missed. My older brother,sister, myself and younger brother all went here. All threes of my sons went here. Sadly my youngest will never get to experience the Leary family. My 21 year olds Kindergarten teacher still asks me about him when I get to se her now at Willow Dale. Leary was a wonderful small school where everyone knew everyone. Now we have 3 huge schools. Not a good experience I have had so far. I will ALWAYS wear my Leary sweatshirt proudly!
Pamela March 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM
it's not your township taxes that are so high. It is your school taxes. Remember for every $1, only .25 cents goes to Warminster township. The remaining .75 cents goes to the school district!
Pamela March 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I think we need to find a way to cut the school taxes down to at least .50cents on every dollar. If I have to pay that much, I would rather it go into my township instead of the school district which has no spending restraint what so ever!
FXL March 29, 2013 at 05:58 PM
We have the fields for one more season (2013), then that's it, we'll have to find somewhere else. There has been talk about new fields being installed at Monro Park, but not sure about that.
David Steiner April 02, 2013 at 06:10 PM
David, you commented that Leary was going to be about 20 houses. Is it a fact that it will be single family homes? I've heard that the property maybe townhouses. The builder - County Builders - is known for their townhome communities.
Ken April 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I was a "walker" to Leary. Remember..."all walkers are now excused"? I not only spent 6 years in school at Leary but spent summers playing baseball on the fields. I was saddened to see it go.

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