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Data analyzed, plan revealed in Seneca elementary attendance

The new Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School is under construction on Tuesday in Cranberry Township. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle

Where elementary students attend classes this fall in the Seneca Valley School District will likely be decided at a May school board meeting, as the district’s plan for attendance zones has been released via a letter to staff and district families.

The results of two studies commissioned by the district have been formulated into a potential plan regarding the distribution of elementary students when the new Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School in Cranberry Township opens in the fall.

In the plan, all students who would attend the Evans City Elementary/Middle School will attend Ehrman Crest in the fall, as the aging Evans City school will close at the end of the current school year.

In addition, and after intense study by the two consultant companies, about 135 students in kindergarten through fourth grade will move to Ehrman Crest in the fall.

Those students currently attend Connoquenessing Valley, Rowan and Haine elementary schools.

The letter listed the addresses and housing developments, all in Cranberry Township, where students would be affected. All are west of Route 19.

The letter went on to explain that in the plan, students assigned to Connoquenessing Valley Elementary or Ehrman Crest for kindergarten through grade four would attend Ehrman Crest Middle School for grades five and six.

The new Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School is under construction on Tuesday in Cranberry Township. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle

All students in kindergarten through fourth grade attending Haine and Rowan elementary schools would attend Haine Middle School for grades five and six.

The letter also listed various residential areas where fifth graders at Haine and fourth graders at Connoquenessing Valley would now attend grades five and six at Ehrman Crest Middle School.

The district held a presentation on Monday in which members of the Davis Demographers team explained the changes and took questions from parents.

The school board next meets on Monday as well as on May 9. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School auditorium.