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School proposal in Lancaster Co has strings attached


There's a proposal on the table that would allow more money to come to the Lancaster County school district. But leaders are concerned that proposal has strings attached.

County leaders are looking at proposals from three developers who want to build in Lancaster County.

Mattamy Carolina Corporation wants to build homes near Indian Land Schools. Indian Land Elementary, Middle and High schools have been recognized for their academic success.

The developer is proposing to give the district $500 and another $500 if the district can guarantee a seat at one of the Indian Land schools for students living in the proposed community.

"It just wouldn't seem fair to me," Lancaster County School Superintendent Gene Moore said. "To guarantee a particular development that you are going to attend a school."

The school board would first have to agree to this proposal.

"I can't foresee a board agreeing to a component like that." Moore said.

Moore admits board members could change their minds. While we wait, the superintendent is concerned the plan may not be ethical and the price the developer is willing to pay may not really take care of growth.

"If you do the math," Moore said. "If the development has 800 homes in it and you multiply $500 times 800, it's $400,000. The newest school we are building, cost millions."

The developer's fear could be in a few years, the schools in Indian Land will be overcrowded.

The school board members could have to redraw attendance lines to handle growth. This would mean students living near Indian Land could be going to another school in the county that's underutilized.

Parents say they moved to the area for the schools and they would have a problem if they are forced to go to another school.

"That would make or break it for me," Parent Dawn Clark said. "As far as if they were going to a good school to now not such a good school."

The school district and county lawyers are reviewing the plan to see if it is legal. County leaders also want to use this opportunity to review ways developers can contribute to schools to help with growth.

WBTV did reach out to Mattamy but the official we were told to contact has not responded.

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