Town meeting set for proposed Antietam, Exeter school merger

EXETER TWP., Pa. - Residents of the Antietam and Exeter school districts are being given the chance to learn more about the proposed merger of the two districts.

The board presidents for both districts will field questions at a town meeting on Mon., June 10 at Reformation Lutheran Church, 37th Street and Perkiomen Avenue, in Exeter Township. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

David Stauffer, Antietam's president, and Robert Quinter Jr., Exeter's president, will also offer perspective on findings of a feasibility study, organizers said.

The boards have four options to consider: keep the districts as they are now; share course offerings, resources and faculty; adopt a regional school model in which Antietam and Exeter would share all resources; and combine the two schools.

The study revealed a full merger would benefit students in both districts, yet yield little or no savings for taxpayers.

The Exeter Township School District, which is made up of the township and neighboring Saint Lawrence borough, has a 2012-2013 enrollment of 4,165 students, according to the Berks County Intermediate Unit. It has six school buildings.

TheĀ Antietam School District, which is comprised of Mount Penn and Lower Alsace Township, has a 2012-2013 enrollment of 1,058 students, making it the smallest district in Berks County. It has three school buildings.

The two districts have discussed the possibility of merging a number of times over the past several decades.

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