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Dover Area School board votes to sell Kralltown Elementary
The Dover Area School Board, on the heels of the State Board of Education's vote to deny Washington Township's application to transfer from Dover Area schools to Northern York School District, unanimously voted during its Thursday meeting to begin taking steps to sell Kralltown Elementary School.
Washington Township Education Coalition's petition to leave the district came together following the closing of the elementary school, which was the only Dover school within Washington Township's borders.
Support: Members of school board expressed their appreciation for the support and patience received during the lengthy proceedings, which took course over about three years.
"I want to thank everyone who participated in this long and drawn-out process," said board member Charles Rauhauser. "You have offered a lot, and you have really helped Dover School District."
Anne Grafter, who is a resident of Dover Township and has a daughter in the school system, said she supported the Board of Education's stance.
"I think it's smart that they're keeping the kids in the Dover School District," she said. "It would have been a disservice to those however-many students to separate them from all of their friends and their teachers."
Kralltown: Dover Area Superintendent Ken Cherry said that the process to sell Kralltown is in its very early stages and that more details would be discussed in following meetings.
Washington Township resident Suzanne Emmett expressed her concern over the sale of the elementary school.
Emmett cited a report that was presented during the proceedings in June in front of the State Board of Education's special committee, which outlined a projected growth in population within the Dover area.
"There were a lot of facts and projections about the growth Dover would be facing in the future," she said. "If this building is leased or sold, what is Dover going to do if these projections come true? That's the question. There's already been three new developments approved for the area, and that will most definitely impact the schools here."
Kathy Kennedy Meyer echoed Emmett's concern.
"Since (Kralltown) opened, it has outperformed every single elementary school in the district," she said.
Emmett's children graduated from the Dover schools systems, but they did have a lengthy commute, she said, noting that they would often fall asleep on the bus rides.
"I'm certainly not against Dover schools, even though I did support (Washington Township) leaving," Emmett said.
Cherry emphasized that the priority is and always has been providing the students in Dover with the tools they need to be successful.
"All I want to express is that we are committed to providing all of our students with a 21st-century education," he said.