One new building and a renovated school will greet Amish students when they return to school.
The new school on Eagle Rd. in Little Britain Township is nearing completion, township zoning officer Christine Jackson said last week. It will be the township's 10th Amish school
The renovated school, on Christiana Pike (Rt. 372) in Bart Township, will also be ready for students, zoning officer Mark Deimler said.
A third new school is in the preliminary planning stages.
That school, if it is built, will be in the 900 block of Valley Rd. (Rt. 372) in Eden Township, zoning officer Geraldine Parker said. Eden now has a dozen Amish schools.
No other Solanco municipality will have new Amish schools in operation this fall, local officials said.
Last year, a new school opened on Pumping Station Rd. in Colerain Township.
The schools serve an increasing number of Amish students who live in the Solanco School District.
By the end of the 2018-19 school year, there were about 2,200 Amish students living in municipalities served by the Solanco School District. That is an increase of about 200 students from the end of the 2017-18 school year. In the 2005-06 school year, there were 1,625 Amish students living in Solanco's eight townships and one borough.
The district gets enrollment information from more than 100 Amish schools, said Dr. Robert Dangler, Solanco's assistant superintendent. Some of the schools are in neighboring public school districts. The district collects enrollment figures in the fall and again at the end of the school year.