The end of an era in Exeter

News photo by Donna Rovins After 39 years, the Exeter Township School District has moved its offices from Perkiomen Avenue to the M. L. Lausch Elementary School building.

After 39 years, the Exeter Township School District has moved its offices, from the current 3650 Perkiomen Avenue location to the M. L. Lausch Elementary School.

The physical move actually began June 13, right after the close of the school year. The last group scheduled to move is the Business Office, and that move is happening this week.

All of the district's phone numbers, extensions and e-mail addresses remain the same in the new location. According to district spokesman Don Cramer, residents who need to visit the district offices can now come to the new location at 200 Elm Street in St. Lawrence. Summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The School Board voted March 20 to complete the move, at an estimated cost of $120,000. Funding for the move had previously been allocated as part of the district's facilities budget. Lausch Elementary has been empty since Owatin Creek Elementary School opened last August, and students from Lausch were shifted to Jacksonwald Elementary.

When the board voted in March to make the move, it was explained that it would bring all of the administration functions into one location. The Technology Department had been operating out of the Senior High School, while Special Education had been operating out of Reiffton School.

'It allows the district to have all central offices in one building - leading to more direct face-to-face direct communications, and at the same time open some space at Reiffton and the SHS,' Cramer said.

Cramer added that no renovations have been made at Lausch to accommodate the administration's use, so that the building can be easily repurposed for use as a school again should the need arise.

At that same March 20 meeting, the board voted to place the Perkiomen Avenue building up for sale or lease. Then on May 15, the board voted to accept sealed bids for the purchase of the administration building, with the district reserving the right to withdraw the property from sale if the highest bid is determined to be inadequate. Bids were accepted through June 12. According to district officials, they received no sealed bids. There's no word yet on what the next step will be.

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