West Shore School District is considering closing one of its four middle schools.

The public will get a chance Monday, Jan. 16, to give their input on the idea of closing either New Cumberland or Lemoyne middle schools, possibilities that stemmed from demographic shifts in the district.

West Shore put together a committee to research how population changes might affect the need for four middle schools, including Crossroads and Allen, the other two in the district.

The committee gave information at Thursday's school board meeting about the building capacity, natural boundaries in attendance areas, financial impact and the ability to maintain education quality if a school was closed.

That led to the committee recommending closing either Lemoyne or New Cumberland beginning next fall.

Spokesman Ryan Argot said no decision has been made, and the board is merely following the timeline it would need to take if it did eventually decide to close a school, including holding a public hearing.

The Jan. 16 meeting is at 6 p.m. at Cedar Cliff High School. Information about the potential closure is available on the district website. A final decision will likely come in April.

The committee's recommendation includes shifting Crossroads Middle School and Allen Middle School boundaries, whether a school closes or not, to accommodate population movement.

New Cumberland or Lemoyne middle school would absorb students from whichever school would close, according to the district.


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Students from York County attend Crossroads, Allen and New Cumberland middle schools, Argot said. Allen Middle School is in Camp Hill, Crossroads Middle School is in Lewisberry, and New Cumberland Middle School is in New Cumberland.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com