New Elementary School To Be Built In Lancaster Neighborhood?

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The superintendent of Lancaster City Schools is talking with Dominion Homes about building the proposed new Tarhe Elementary School in the River Valley Highlands neighborhood.

The newer neighborhood located on Lancaster's northwest side is one of the largest neighborhood's in the city and homes are still being constructed.

Superintendent Rob Walker says about 320 of the 440 students that go to the elementary school live in that neighborhood, so it would only make sense to have the building located where children could safely walk or ride their bikes to school.

He says it would also save the district money in busing costs.

Walker had a meeting with one of the Dominion Homes executives last Thursday and says Dominion is interested in working with the district on the project.

He says he will continue to meet with Dominion to try and negotiate a price for property adjacent to the current Tarhe land that also touches the River Valley Highlands neighborhood.

Walker says roads would have to be constructed to eliminate traffic concerns and make a safe route to school for children.

Lancaster Schools is putting a 4.1 mill bond issue on the November ballot for construction of five new elementary schools, including Tarhe.

The district would get $27 million from the state to help with the construction and renovation projects.