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Kauffman and Colleagues Advance Legislation Authorizing Sale of Scotland School
7/1/2012

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today applauded the advancement of legislation permitting the sale of the property of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children in Franklin County, which is currently under the ownership of the Commonwealth.

To view Kauffman’s video comments, go to http://youtu.be/AOuMbnfmBo0.

“This legislation will authorize the Department of General Services (DGS) to negotiate an agreement of sale with Winebrenner Theological Seminary,” said Kauffman, whose district encompasses the Scotland School. “DGS has already been working with Winebrenner Theological Seminary as officials from the Seminary attempt to gather the information necessary toward their goal of purchasing the property. The Seminary has already been reaching out to the community and looking for ways to partner with area organizations to make use of some of the facilities on the campus that would benefit local residents. This would be a positive reuse that would benefit the entire community.”
 
The Scotland School for Veterans Children, which was located on the property, was closed by former Gov. Ed Rendell in 2009 and has remained vacant since 2009.  The state’s Department of General Services, which oversees the property, will handle the sale of the property.
 
Along with the Commonwealth budget, language is expected to be passed that would create the Veterans Foundation Trust Fund, to which the proceeds of this sale will be directed.

“Although through the years the school began to open its doors to accept children from many walks of life, the school was initially established to aid the orphans of our country’s Civil War soldiers,” said Kauffman. “Directing money from the sale of the school to aid our veterans is a fitting tribute to those whom this school was originally designed to serve.”

In addition to House Bill 2406, the school property will remain on the Department of General Services disposition plan. This will give the Commonwealth the authority to market the property to other potential buyers if the sale to Winebrenner Theological Seminary does not take place.

House Bill 2406 was amended in the Senate this week to include language permitting the sale of the Scotland School property. It passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and gained passed in the House by a vote of 135-50.

The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law in the coming days.

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