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East Penn Looks to Realtors to Monitor Enrollment Spikes

Housing sales are heating up in East Penn right now and administrators are watching the marketplace for hint of potential impact on student enrollment numbers.

Good news for Realtors in the East Penn real estate market translates into a watchful eye for . At least, that’s the message that the Superintendent of Schools delivered to the East Penn Board of School Directors at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Thomas L. Seidenberger told the board that housing sales in East Penn are on an upswing, a situation that he and his team are monitoring closely in order to catch any potential spikes in student enrollment in the district that might occur in a particular grade level or at a particular school.

“Things are heating up in East Penn, in just about every portion of this district,” Seidenberger said. “What we are hearing from real estate agents is that if a house is priced appropriately, and has a few upgrades, specifically in Lower Macungie Township, it is going to go very quickly.

“Sales are brisk and homes are moving, especially as empty nesters are starting to downsize, and young families are starting to buy those homes. But we won’t know the impact until October.”

Seidenberger then alluded to the bad press East Penn received last fall due to at and Shoemaker elementary schools, an influx of students that he said was virtually impossible to predict.

Nonetheless, Seidenberger and his team are now attempting to make an educated guess about possible enrollment spikes, doing everything from organizing quarterly group meetings with East Penn borough and township managers to driving through the district to monitor construction projects and for sale signs.

The district even hosted its Second Annual Real Estate Seminar yesterday at . The program is designed to give local real estate agents the opportunity to interact with district administrators and share their thoughts about the local real estate market and its potential impact on East Penn School District.

“Based on what the Realtors are telling us,” Seidenberger told the board, “we will have a number of new kids coming in without a whole lot of new housing starts, which leads me to ask ‘is our five-year period of enrollment stability coming to an end?’ ‘Is the peace and quiet gone?’ This is a highly desirable school district.”

While most of the current movement in the East Penn real estate market is coming from the sale of existing homes, Seidenberger did acknowledge that there are several potential new home construction projects down the road that will significantly affect the school district, including the highly publicized Jaindl project soon to be voted on by the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners.

All of these, too, will need to be monitored, he said.

At the end of the meeting, School Director Julian Stolz told Seidenberger that he had been “asked by some interested individuals about the effect of the new possible housing development by Jaindl.” He then asked if he “could get the administration’s take on it” at a future meeting.

darrylzcortez April 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM
The market rates may have gone down, or remained the same. For the homeowner to get qualified for lower rates, there are certain prerequisites but I would recommend you search online for 123 Refinance before you decide because they can find the 3% refinance rates.
Ron Beitler April 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
It's great Julian Stolz and other board members like Ken Bacher asked for the Jaindl housing development to be examined for the impact on EPSD. If people moving into the township is an issue then pending developments is a crisis. Jaindl is just the juggernaut. We're talking 700-900 new homes. There are other development projects at various stages of the pipeline as well. You think pensions are an issue (and they are) get ready for the next development explosion in LMT. When you talk new High School your talking MAJOR MONEY.
Rob Hamill April 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
So let me get this straight, LMT supers come in and in 1 month decide to rezone 700 acres of agricultural land that was part of the long range plan in LMT, they then lose a court decision calling the action illegal, and while the're fighting the courts decide to go ahead with the David Jaindl plan on May 3 even though what they did was deemed illegal by the court. Now it appears that the extra 700 residences plus other new rezonings of 300 houses, might cause a need for a new high school at a cost to the taxpayer of $100 mil plus and vastly increased real estate taxes. And these LMT supers call themselves Republicans??? With friends like them........

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