Below, see Northern's position, statements to the State Board of Education regarding Washington Township
From: Resolution of the Board of School Directors of the Northern York County School District - as approved on January 15, 2015
These statements are from Northern's official, adopted Resolution, verbatim:
Page 3, #2. "The financial ramifications of the proposed transfer of Washington Township, if approved, are that the combination of additional anticipated tax revenues from Washington Township and increased basic education subsidy revenues from the Commonwealth are likely to exceed anticipated expenditures for addition personnel and facilities directly related to the influx of additional students from Washington Township."
(The NYCSD clearly states that revenues gained from Washington Township are likely to exceed expenditures. Recognize that after exhaustive fiscal review, this statement is from the professionals within Northern itself, which soundly refutes the fear-based statements of Seth Grove, K.I.D.S. and the YDR. Washington Township will more than pay for all student and facilities costs of this transfer. Northern's firm statement is the final word on the subject.)
Page 3, #4. "The proposed transfer of Washington Township, if approved, will not affect the ability of the Northern York County School District to deliver a quality education to all of its students, including the students affected by the proposed transfer. The School District's guiding principle has always been to serve the best interests of the education of its students. This principle will not change when the State Board defines who those students are."
Page 4 - "NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, based upon the determinations set forth above, the Board of School Directors of the Northern York County School District, ... adopts the following positions:
Page 4, #1. The Northern York County School District shall maintain a neutral stance on this issue. It neither supports nor opposes the proposed transfer of the Washington Township Independent School District to the Northern York County School District.
Page 4, #2. The Northern York County School District supports the concept of local control, which allows the community to have a voice in educational, financial, and political issues that directly impact them. The Northern York County School District supports the self-determination of the residents of Washington Township in this matter and supports the process established by the Public School Code, which authorizes the State Board of Education to make the final determination on the proposed transfer."
(Northern is under no obligation to make this statement as part of its official resolution. That being said, by its statement, Northern again shows it is the living embodiment of top-notch, quality educational leadership. Having the foresight, knowledge and fortitude to make this statement illustrates the depth of the leaders and vision found in Northern District. Accordingly, we the vast majority of Washington Township truly thank you and offer our deepest appreciation Northern's recognition of everyday citizens efforts in a grassroots struggle to gain improved educational outcomes. The people of Washington Township are forever indebted to the leadership of Northern's Board and Superintendent. Regardless of the final decision taken by the state Board of Education, Northern's written support for local self-determinism and value of local control speaks volumes of its educational philosophy and vision (the polar opposite of Dover), and only reinforces Washington Township's intense desire to join Northern and can only trust its children in your hands. Northern shows a unique understanding of its the role in the service of public education, the administration's role in relation to common people and the Department. THIS is but one of the many reasons that over 180 parents and 1,406 people of Washington Township seek to join the Northern York County School district.)
Page 5, #5. "Because the proposed transfer, if approved, will have ramifications for students residing in Washington Township and presently attending the Dover Area School District, the Northern York County School District requests that the State Board of Education, as a condition of the proposed transfer, require both the Northern York County School District and the Dover Area School District to prepare a joint plan of transition to ensure that appropriate consideration is provide(d) to the educational needs and desires of the affected students and their families."
One word: LEADERSHIP! This statement demonstrates that Northern's leadership is of the highest order. All parties involved in our case as well as the state Board of Education should recognize its value. Northern continues take a key leadership role and WTEC fully supports this (above) request.
- WTEC's direction to its attorneys aligns with Northern to work out the best compromise for both districts in anticipation of the best transition possible. This includes WTEC's standing request to allow Washington Township high school students to finish their high school educations in the school district of their choice. WTEC has funded and encouraged these legal negotiations, starting last summer, to allow for school choice for high school students, and we see no reason that both districts and the state Board can not approve of this option. Going above and beyond and assuming responsibility during a situation it did not ask for, Northern looks ahead, has led discussions, negotiations and innovative planning to make the best transition for all students.
Below: A picture (or map) says a thousand words. This map
illustrates the even distribution of people who signed the legal
petition and want to become part of the Northern district. The map
shows no lopsided favoring of any particular section of Washington Township. To
the outsider, this map may appear to be somewhat underwhelming. Yet,
considering that Washington Township has the second highest number of
large, open space parcels of all townships in York County, the reality
of this map begins to set in. Due to decades of wise land use
practices, Washington township has a large number
of huge open spaces, big farms and many wide
open properties. Thus, looking at this map illustrates the
support of vast majority of our people, where their residences are
located (indicated by red dots) representing residents who signed the