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York County Republicans to discuss study of county school district consolidation

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Republican members of York County's state House delegation have asked the Independent Fiscal Office to examine possible taxpayer savings from county public school district consolidation.

Lawmakers will talk about the study at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the York County School of Technology in York Township, according to a news release.

Requesting the study is not an endorsement of the option but is meant to look at the question of whether taxpayers could save if consolidation took place among 15 school districts, spokesman Mike Straub said.

The study is expected to take a little more than a year, he said.

The issue has cropped up in feedback at town hall meetings and similar venues in which constituents have questioned separate costs for schools in the county such as superintendent salaries, said state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York County.

After discussion over some time among delegation members, they decided to ask for a study to find out what the numbers could be.

"Obviously, if it increases taxes for people, then it probably ends the story right there," Grove said.

The idea would assume geographic boundaries stay the same and each would maintain its own sports programs and mascots, he said.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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