A decision by West York's council on whether to renege on an approved contract with a school district PTO on a York Fair parking fundraiser will have to wait.

But that didn't stop PTO and council members from stating their cases during a council meeting Monday night.

"It is my opinion we keep the money here in the borough," said Brian Wilson, council president, adding he'd like to see the borough take over the popular fundraiser at Shelly Park on North Highland Avenue to restart its parks and recreation program.

However, PTO members said losing the proceeds would only hurt elementary students in the district despite the fact that the sole remaining school — Loucks Elementary — in the borough is slated to close.

"Regardless, West York (Area) School District and the PTO serve both West York Borough and West Manchester Township," said Karen Klidonas, PTO treasurer. "There's many kids that benefit from the PTO."

The issue: The borough recently began exploring options to retract the five-year contract the council approved in September.

Borough solicitor Mieke Driscoll, who didn't attend the meeting but called in and spoke via a cellphone, said there are "good arguments" that the borough could ditch the contract now but the PTO could fight the action in the courts and doing so could lead to bad publicity for the borough.

Instead, the borough could honor the agreement this year and terminate it for the following years, she said.


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PTO members said they'd be willing to renegotiate the contract, going so far as to increase the percentage the borough receives from fair parking.

Currently, the borough gets $1,000 or 15 percent, whichever is greater, each year. Last year, the PTO gave the borough just less than $2,000.

All told, the PTO makes $10,000 to $13,000 by parking cars during the 10-day run of the fair, Sabrina Murphy, the PTO's fair parking chairwoman, had said. Money raised from the volunteer-led parking, which the PTO has done for decades, goes toward funding field trips and other student activities.

Borough plan: Councilman Nick Laughman said he'd like to see the borough join the PTO in fair parking and split the proceeds 50-50 this year.

"We can't cut them off completely," he said.

If fair parking does change hands, council members would volunteer to park cars, Wilson said.

Though the PTO will lose funding, Garret Wampler, a councilman, said the money would still benefit children through a borough-led parks and recreation program.

Some members of the council are expected to meet with PTO members between now and the next borough meeting, which will be held Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the borough building, 1700 W. Philadelphia St. The council is expected to announce its decision at that meeting.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.