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Old 04-29-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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My family and I are moving the area this summer and need some advice mainly about York (northeastern schools). The house in York are so cheap, is this because it is more rural than Mechanicsburg??
I am realizing Mechanicsburg is very family friendly with good schools but seems expensive. Please help with any advise. My husband will be working in Lewisberry.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Either town would be a fine one, the commute from Mechanicsburg to Lewisberry will be longer than from the area of Northeastern Schools to Lewisberry. Housing is reasonable in most areas of York, it's the taxes you want to be sure and compare~as they can make your mortgage/monthly payment comparable to other school districts with more expensive housing and lower taxes. What state are you moving from? What ages are your children? School districts in central PA are good, but there are some that are consistently better in overall test scores, cost per pupil, student services, extracurricular activities etc., depending on what your priorities might be. The one disadvantage to the area encompassing NE school district is the fact that you will have to drive to York itself (Route 30 or Market Street) to get to the malls, grocery stores, restaurants, doctors offices, etc.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:04 AM
 
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Thanks for the info.. It is very scary moving to an area that is unfamiliar and no personal references to go for schools and neighborhoods. Right now I am looking into a small neighbor outside of Manchester but still considered York on the west side of 83. Seems rural but would only be a 15 min. drive to either Manchester or York. Feel free to pass on any more info., thanks again!
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:43 AM
 
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Many areas with a Mechanicsburg postal address are in the Cumberland Valley school district which seems to be recognized as a "Good School District" by those with an interest in marketing such. Consequently those areas would have something of a premium placed on them. The separate and smaller Mechanicsburg Area School District, also including areas with a Mechanicsburg postal address, is probably fine but not as universally recognized as a "Good School District" so those areas have perhaps less of a real estate premium.

You haven't mentioned the intervening area West Shore School District which would be more convenient to I-83 and Lewisberry than areas with a Mechanicsburg postal address. I don't hear of particular problems in their schools (2 separate high schools, Cedar Cliff and Red Land) but again that doesn't have the "Good School District" real estate premium. I've had occasion to walk around New Cumberland Borough a good bit and never felt unsafe in this mixed income area. People I know who live either there or in Fairview Twp/York County don't complain about particular school, safety, or crime issues.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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Try greatschools.org for information about school districts. I live and teach in York, if you want more information, PM me.
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