Application of the Porter Township Initiative Independent School District for Transfer from the East Stroudsburg Area School District to the Wallenpaupack Area School District

[43 Pa.B. 1824]
[Saturday, March 30, 2013]

Notice of Public Hearing

 Notice is hereby given that the Special Committee of the State Board of Education (Board) established to facilitate the Board's consideration of the Application of the Porter Township Initiative Independent School District (Porter Township) to transfer from the East Stroudsburg Area School District (East Stroudsburg) to the Wallenpaupack Area School District (Wallenpaupack) will conduct a public hearing on May 16-17, 2013. Thehearing will be held in the library of East Stroudsburg High School North, 279 Timberwolf Drive, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the hearing will convene at 1 p.m. and on Friday, May 17, 2013, the hearing will reconvene at 9 a.m.

 At its public meeting on January 9, 2013, the Special Committee of the Board voted to accept the following documents to comprise the prehearing record on which the Board partially will base its ruling: the determination on Porter Township issued by Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis; the administrative record compiled by the Secretary; and the stipulated court record agreed to by the parties involved in the proceedings. The purpose of the hearing is to receive additional evidence from Porter Township, East Stroudsburg and Wallenpaupack for the Board's consideration in making a determination on the application for transfer. Copies of the application for transfer and related materials are available on the Board's web site at, and copies of the stipulated court record are available for public inspection in the Board office.

 Following the conclusion of evidentiary proceedings on Friday, May 17, 2013, the Board will provide an opportunity for comment from members of the public who wish to provide remarks on the application for transfer. Public comment is limited to no more than 5 minutes per person. Individuals wishing to comment at the public hearing must register in advance, no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2013, by telephoning the Board office at (717) 787-3787 or TYY (717) 783-8445, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 Individuals with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate or attend the hearing, such as sign language interpreter services, must contact the Board office at the previously listed telephone number by Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. Persons with disabilities are invited to submit public comments in alternative formats such as Braille or taped testimony and by means of the telephone. Written and alternative formats of public comment will be afforded the same thoughtful consideration by the Board as oral remarks.

 Should registrants scheduled to provide public comment need to cancel their participation, the Board requests that they immediately notify the Board office by calling (717) 787-3787 or by e-mailing

 Members of the public planning to attend the hearing should enter the facility through the high school's Gym/Library entrance, which is accessible by making the first right turn on campus and proceeding to the second parking area (second left). Hearing attendees should inform school security officers present at the Gym/Library entrance that they are there to attend the Porter Township hearing in the library.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-596. Filed for public inspection March 29, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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