Decision nearing on possible merger of Pennsylvania school districts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A proposed merger of two small Pennsylvania school districts is being pushed not only as a way to cut costs, but also as a “moral obligation” of the wealthier township, drawing criticism from some parents, students and taxpayers.

The possibility of a merger between the Exeter Township and Antietam school districts in Pennsylvania’s Berks County will be among the topics to be discussed during an upcoming meeting. The two districts have been mulling the possible merger throughout the past several years, creating a regional school model to serve roughly 5,000 students. But the time has come for “some decisions to be made,” Antietam School District Superintendent Larry Mayes told

“All of the information has been presented as well as it can be,” Mayes said. “It’s time to go. I’m 100 percent in favor of the merger. It provides great opportunities for both communities.”

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