School board in central Pa. votes to close school

LIBERTY, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania community will have one less high school.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ( said the Southern Tioga School District Board voted 8-1 Monday night to close North Penn High School.

Many board members said they didn't like the idea of closing the school. But they cited factors including decreasing enrollment, rising employee expenses, decreased state funding and a school building in need of expensive maintenance work.

The school closing leaves the district with just two high schools, Mansfield and Liberty. The school board said the closure makes sense given the district's shaky financial status.

District officials noted that the school closing will result in some staff cuts but said it wasn't clear how many people will lose their jobs.


Information from: Williamsport Sun-Gazette,