Editor’s note: I hope folks from the Pottstown School District follow this story. It’s a smaller version of Pottstown with many of the same issues!
Columbia’s public schools will reopen in late August, reverberating again with the clamor of children.
But overshadowing the back-to-school routine will be difficult questions.
Columbia is a tiny, high-poverty school district struggling to prepare kids for our fast-changing, technology-driven world.
The single-municipality district has the weakest tax base in Lancaster County and the second-highest proportion of needy children. Its taxes are the county’s highest and salaries the lowest. It has too many dropouts. Test scores are abysmal.