In regard to the State College Area School District considering closing Corl Street Elementary, I feel this decision has the potential to affect all of us in the State College area, not just those in the neighborhoods served by the school.
I live outside of State College, but work for a business in Ferguson Township. The closure of Corl Street would not affect our business or me directly, but the indirect consequences would be negative. As a human resources director, recruiting young professionals to come to central Pennsylvania — and keeping them here — is a challenge that I’m sure other businesses in the area recognize, too. Some of the most attractive aspects of our location are the vibrant, livable neighborhoods close to the town center. For those starting young families, quality schools are also a significant benefit. Together, these communities with neighborhood schools present an enticement for young professionals to move to State College and, once they’re here, are a good reason to stay and raise their children.
Being able to show recruits that we have a highly livable town center with neighborhood schools is a benefit for businesses like ours, and I hope that SCASD recognizes that closing Corl Street Elementary would have negative citywide consequences.
Joan Potter, Port Matilda