Despite rumors circulating throughout Bristol Borough, the 360 student high school on Wilson Avenue will be open for students again the fall.
However, according to a what officials told PhillyBurbs.com, whether the school will be opening in future years remains a big question.
“...There’s going to be a lot of changes made,” the website quoted board President Ralph DiGuiseppe III as stating at last week’s meeting. It is unclear what exactly the changes to the school come fall 2013 are.
Shipping students to neighboring schools is one option that was discussed. The plan is also expected to save the district money, PhillyBurbs.com said.
Residents voiced their concerns to the board about the many rich traditions that would be lost if the school closed.
According to the story, DiGuiseppe spoke of how the small district has trouble providing a high-quality education while keeping the cost-per-student low.
As the cash-strapped district meets with state officials to see what to do, hearsay that the school may be closing and merging with Bristol Township’s district has spread like wildfire.
It’s no secret that the Pennsylvania is open to consolidations and mergers of some of the 500 districts. The moves are thought, in many cases, to improve student’s educational experiences and save taxpayers money.
In 2009, former Governor Ed Rendell proposed a plan to reduce the number of districts to about 100. He said it would “ease the burden on property taxpayers.”
While massive consolidations and mergers did not take place under Rendell, Governor Tom Corbett’s administration has openly said they are not opposed to less districts. The administration has cut education funding to districts as part of its plan to balance the state budget, Pa. Independent reported.
The state forced district’s to consolidate in the 1960s. In a few years, the number of districts went from 2,277 districts to just over 600.
Bristol Borough School District is one of the smallest in the county.