Published Date Written by Eric Wise
The transfer of Highspire students from Steelton-Highspire School District to nearby Middletown Area School District would cripple Steelton’s schools, according to a document Steel-High district filed with the state Department of Education.
More than 55 percent of Highspire property owners signed a petition to send the borough’s students to Middletown Area School District. In its response, written by Steelton-Highspire Superintendent Ellen Castagneto and filed in February with the Department of Education, Steel-High argues that Highspire students should stay.
Highspire’s tax money would be missed in Steelton, where Highspire contributes about double its share of the district’s finances despite having about half the population of Steelton. Highspire students account for 17 percent of the overall student body in Steelton-Highspire, 235 students out of 1,359 in the district, but Highspire tax revenues supply 34 percent of the district’s revenue.