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School Board Approves Elementary Student Relocation for Fall 2012

The school consolidation plan took another step forward as the Centennial school board OK'd the movement of Longstreth, McDonald-Davis and Stackpole students to their new buildings in September.

The members of the Centennial School Board checked off another item on the elementary school consolidation to do list Tuesday night when they approved the relocation of students to their new schools for the 2012-2013 school year.

With the unanimous vote, Davis Elementary students currently attending will move to the new Region 1 school (Davis), and they will be joined by the students of the closing . The remaining McDonald students will be joined by the students, and they will all move to the new Region 2 school when it is ready.

The vote was one more step toward completing the ultimate goal of combining the original six elementary schools to three. There are several more necessary benchmarks the Centennial must meet in order to properly follow the procedure.

Next Monday, a public hearing will be held for the closing of Longstreth and Stackpole at the (Longstreth at 6 p.m., Stackpole at 6:30 p.m.) Mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the meeting is the final opportunity for parents and other residents in the school district to make any final comments on the school closing.

On June 26, the board will take the final vote to approve the schools' closing, and any teachers that will be furloughed as a result of the consolidation must be notified by July 6. Finally, on August 15, Centennial needs to notify PDE that the schools are closed.

The rest of the actionable items on Tuesday's agenda passed the board, including the approval of $41,390.19 in change orders for William Tennent and $36,915.29 in change orders for the Region 1 school construction.

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