Pennsylvania Department of Education says Rosslyn Farms must remain part of Carlynton district

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education ​this week dismissed an appeal from some Rosslyn Farms residents trying to secede from the Carlynton School District and merge with another.

The ruling upholds the department's May 2013 decision turning down the group's request to join Chartiers Valley School District, which it contends has a superior curriculum and would be in the best interest of the Rosslyn Farms students.

The group filed its petition to secede in July 2011 and appealed the department's decision in June 2013.

The department said the petition did not have education merit, that students would have a longer bus ride to Chartiers Valley schools, and that the remaining Carlynton communities — Carnegie and Crafton — would not be contiguous, Carlynton district spokeswoman Michale B. Herrmann said in a press release today.

The reasons were nearly identical to those cited in the rejection last year.

Carlynton serves Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms. Chartiers Valley serves Collier, Scott, Bridgeville and Heidelberg.

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