In preparation for what promises to be a busy school year, the Cumberland Valley School Board approved adjusted attendance boundaries for the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday night.
The change affects 115 district students living in the Walden development and several nearby homes in Silver Spring Township, although these families already were expecting attendance changes for next year, Superintendent Frederick Withum III said. Due to the impending opening of the new Winding Creek Elementary School, these students will be transferred from Silver Spring Elementary School to Winding Creek at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Until now, these 115 students expected to attend Green Ridge Elementary School next year. Withum said the students’ parents and guardians already have been notified about the change.
Winding Creek Elementary School is scheduled to open in August 2018, followed by the opening of Mountain View Middle School in March 2019. Construction of Winding Hill and Mountain View started this year at Bali Hai and Lambs Gap roads in Silver Spring and Hampden townships. The schools’ construction remains ahead of schedule, according to Michael Willis, the district’s director of business and support services.
As a result, the school board approved the district’s 2018-19 calendar on Wednesday night with a starting date of Aug. 27. Previously, district administrators wondered if they would have to select a later start date for 2018-19 if construction at the new elementary school would fall behind schedule.
“Mr. Willis has guaranteed that the (new) elementary school will be opening on time next year and that construction is ahead of schedule,” Withum said. “We will be opening school at our regular time next year.”
The board also approved the first reading of a revised district policy regarding career and technical education.
“This makes it the responsibility of the district to tell students the economic impact of these program,” Withum said. He added the district also must be notified by a vo-tech if an expected wage a student would earn after completing a program would be less than the income for a family of three that qualifies for reduced-priced school lunches.
Finally, district officials said goodbye to retiring board members Thomas Griffie and Barbara Gleim. Both are leaving the board after serving eight years of service.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve and an education on both the public and private sector,” said Griffie, who said he now plans to spend more time with family in Montana.