Crebilly development will cost West Chester Area School District $645,000 per year

PETE BANNAN-DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Crebilly Farm Westtown Township.

WEST GOSHEN>> With construction proposed at the 330-acre Crebilly Farm, the school district expects the cost to educate an additional 172 public school students at about $645,000 per year for five years.

The district used a formula designed to reimburse charter schools since the state does not recognize a per pupil cost.

The district’s business office said that the tuition rate for each student receiving a regular education would be $11,763 per year, with 151 new public students, for a total of $1.776 million.

Twenty one more students requiring special education services would cost $624,000. The total for special education and regular students would total approximately $2.4 million per year.

The following specific costs were estimated.

Constructing four classrooms at Starkweather Elementary School, at $325,000 each, would cost $1.3 million.

Leasing of two modular classrooms at Stetson, at $30,000 each, per year, for four years, would total $240,000.

Six new teachers at Starkweather, each at $77,000 for both salary and benefits, would cost $462,000.

One additional fulltime equivalent teacher at Stetson would place an extra burden on the school district of $77,000 per year.

The district is asking builder Toll Brothers to pay for two buses at $50,000 each.

Three new aides for special education students would run $30,000 each.

Added utilities would cost $4,000 per year and school supplies for 172 students would cost taxpayers or Toll Brothers an additional $300 per student or $51,600.

The sustainable revenue generated from this development is estimated to be $1.592 million, according to the district, with 317 single family and carriage homes at an average assessed value of $250,000 each.

The medium household income of the district is $102,000.and would generate $162,000 of earned income tax, the district said.

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