Land Purchase

The following was sent via CV e-news to the community on the evening of May 24, 2018.

Dear Cumberland Valley Community,

Tonight, Cumberland Valley School District hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss continued growth in enrollment and future facilities needs, including an additional middle and/or elementary school and potential development of the Lee Property, a 108-acre parcel of land which was listed for sale and fronts the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.

I truly appreciate a few moments of your time to address many topics discussed as part of the Town Hall.

Enrollment:
As discussed both tonight and previously, Cumberland Valley is located in the fastest growing county and contains the fastest growing township in the Commonwealth. Even by the most conservative measures, it is estimates that we will add 600 elementary students over the next five years. Factoring in no rate of growth, Cumberland Valley High School is anticipated to approach 3,000 students due simply to the large elementary and middle school class sizes currently advancing through the grades. Current High School enrollment is slightly more than 2,700 students.

Please view the "Town Hall Presentation" link at the bottom of this page for growth and enrollment information as presented this evening.

Lee Property:
If you have been following our board meetings or local news, you are aware of the contention that surrounds the district’s decision to obtain the Lee Property. We understand and appreciate both the importance of agriculture in our community and the passions of those who wish to preserve this land.

More information is available in the supporting documents at the bottom of this page about this property and its historical significance. You may review a document that contains a list of key facts regarding this process in the resource center below.

Conceptual plans for the Lee Property:
It is the board’s firm belief that the quality of education in Cumberland Valley School District is supported by our strong sense of community. Our vision is to see this continue as we develop the Lee property with a focus on education, agriculture, and community, as evidenced in our conceptual plans. The plans include a middle school and athletic fields to the rear of the property and in the front of the property, a community garden, a barn and pasture, a learning garden, a hunger garden, a playground, and the McCormick Farm monument. Walking trails traverse the entire property, connecting to new and established neighborhoods and serving as a gateway to the development of a trail to Willow Mill Park.

This provides a unique opportunity for Cumberland Valley School District to partner with organizations like the Natural Lands Trust to develop the land for true public open space. The district believes that, if done properly and in partnership with the Natural Lands Trust, Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, and local stakeholders, the Lee property can be developed in such a way to be a true community asset for generations to come. In partnership with these stakeholders, the district believes that this offers a unique way in which to truly honor the contributions that the McCormick family has made to the agriculture industry and history, by incorporating agricultural education as part of the vision of the property. Additionally, development of this property provides an opportunity for township, county, and state officials to consider revitalization of the Village of Hogestown.

We are excited for you to share our vision with you. Please view a rendering in the resource center below.

As we have in the past, please remain assured that the district will continue to develop our schools and our campuses as places where families and residents of all ages can come together to learn, play, and develop a strong sense of community.

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. Frederick Withum III
Superintendent


CV to host Town Hall on May 24, 2018

Cumberland Valley School District will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Cumberland Valley High School, 6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

The meeting will include discussion on continued growth in student enrollment and facilities needs, to include the need for a new middle school and/or elementary school and the potential development of the McCormick Farm. The town hall will include limited time for questions and answers. Audience members may be asked to submit questions in writing during the town hall, with like questions being grouped together so as to allow for more questions/topics to be addressed.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW A DOCUMENT OF KEY FACTS REGARDING THE DISTRICT'S PURCHASE OF LAND (RELEASED 4/16/18).



(4/16/18) - A letter from the Superintendent (land purchase)

Good evening, Cumberland Valley families:

If you have been following our board meetings and the local news, you are aware that the Board of School Directors has obtained additional land for future development. The 108-acre parcel of land, which was listed for sale, fronts the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.

Regardless of whether it is this piece of property or another, the district continues to experience unprecedented challenges in relationship to growth. CV is located in the fastest growing county and contains the fastest growing township in the Commonwealth. Even the most conservative measures estimate that we will add 600 elementary students over the next five years. Factoring in no rate of growth, the High School is anticipated to approach 3,000 students due simply to the large elementary and middle school class sizes currently advancing through the grades. Current High School enrollment is slightly more than 2,700 students.

As a result of the district’s decision to pursue this tract of land, many questions, concerns, and statements of inaccuracy have arisen. To help clarify, I strongly encourage you to click here to review a Frequently Asked Questions document. It is our hope that this document will answer the questions you may have.

It is the board’s firm belief that the quality of education in Cumberland Valley School District is supported by our strong sense of community. Historically, it has been the district’s desire to develop our schools and our campuses as places where families and residents of all ages can come together to learn, play, and develop a strong sense of community. Our plans for any future development will continue this tradition.

Sincerely,
Frederick Withum III

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