A special Southern Lehigh School Board hearing that's mandatory when a school district is considering closing an elementary school has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.in the Southern Lehigh Middle School auditorium, according to an announcement posted on the district website's homepage.
At the most recent school board meeting, the option of housing some elementary students in the Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School was also discussed, and more information about the feasibility of that option was requested by board members.
The Oct. 24 hearing "will review information previously presented and additional data will be shared," according to the announcement posted by the SLSD. "After the presentation, time will be set for public comment."
"This hearing does not guarantee the closing of a building—either Hopewell or Lower Milford Elementary, although that could result," it said. "The hearing provides an opportunity for the public to become informed of the details surrounding a decision on how to plan for our school building needs."
A decision about whether or not to close an elementary school will not be made at the Oct. 24 meeting, since a mandatory three-month waiting period must elapse after the hearing before any decision is made.
"A decision on future plans for the elementary buildings will be made after a minimum 3 month waiting period," the district's announcement said.