Sunday, May 12, 2013

Downingtown 2013 School Redestricting now official

The DASD school board has voted in favor of the recent redestricitng plan proposed by the committee.

The plan calls for many changes at the elementary level where borders were reset to redistribute the numbers based on capacity of the nearest elementary school.  At the secondary level the only major change proposed was to move 2 neighborhoods - Williamsburg and Norwood House apartments from Downingtown East to Downingtown West schools.  A recent article on the Daily Local News provides some more details about the decision.

Yes, change is tough to accept - but one has to ask - was this really necessary?  Many children from these 2 communities go to private and charter schools, so the real numbers appear to be too few to make any major impact.  The STEM academy has reduced the congestion at the high school level and the 6th grade center has helped the realignment at the middle school level - so once again was this really necessary?  What about future growth plans? Apparently, based on permits obtained and info given by townships - it appears that the majority growth in the district is likely to be in Downingtown West - so redestricting the secondary students of these 2 specific neighborhoods seems unnecessary in the long run in my humble opinion.

Well - inspite of the protests by the homeowners and petitions signed - the school board has voted and the decision has been made.  Perhaps time to pay more attention to elections of school board representatives?
Time to see if this decision will impact real state values in these communities?  The recent home sales in the Williamsburg have been great - with really low days on market.  I have several buyers who will not consider Williamsburg just because of this change - even though they believe the neighborhood is great and location excellent.
What are your thoughts?

Bela VoraREALTOR®, 
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
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