Board takes step toward reopening York City middle school

Jason Addy

The York City school board will have the option to again use the Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School as early as next fall after voting Wednesday to notify state authorities about a possible reopening.

The board’s unanimous vote does not mean the school will definitely open again, but it gives administrators the ability to unshutter the building for the 2017-18 school year.

The York City School District Superintendent announced a proposal to re-open the Edgar Fahs Smith School building, pictured, to be a modified STEM academy. Amanda J. Cain photo

Schools must notify the state any time a school is opened or closed, district spokeswoman Erin James said.

The York City School District closed the middle school, which now houses the York Family Literacy Program, and Hannah Penn Middle School in 2012 in response to financial troubles and declining enrollment. Hannah Penn reopened in 2014.

With finances under control and enrollment on the rise again, administrators are considering turning the school into a STEAM academy, focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes has said a proposal with details about the academy will be submitted to the school board sometime in the spring.