Harner, Local Officials, Inform Realtors of Area’s Real Estate Value

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and sev­er­al munic­i­pal offi­cials recent­ly held a sum­mit for about 50 Realtors, explain­ing the rea­sons their clients should be mov­ing into homes and start­ing busi­ness­es in the towns con­tained with­in the Quakertown Community School District.

We are very proud of what we are accom­plish­ing here,” said Harner, who host­ed the meet­ing at the high school. “We’ve had great sup­port by the School Board and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­ni­ty.”

The event was put togeth­er by Shelby Miller and Vickie Landis of Keller Williams Realty, which fund­ed the high school’s new bowl­ing teams.

This was a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to get local Realtors in the area to learn all about the great things hap­pen­ing in Quakertown,” Miller said. “The sup­port that the munic­i­pal­i­ties pro­vide not only to the peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties but also with each oth­er is unlike oth­er areas. Dr. Harner does a fan­tas­tic job ensur­ing peo­ple are aware of all that is hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­ni­ty and Realtors now know how to assist their clients in buy­ing, sell­ing and invest­ing in homes in Quakertown. 

Besides Harner, speak­ers includ­ed Doug Wilhelm, Quakertown’s direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment; Naomi Naylor, exec­u­tive direc­tor and Main Street Manager for Quakertown Alive!; John Roth, Milford’s assis­tant man­ag­er; John Butler, chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority; and Paul Stepanoff, Richland’s man­ag­er and a for­mer School Board mem­ber.

The com­mon themes from speak­ers was the descrip­tion of the area as “up and com­ing … safe” and “afford­able” with lots of his­to­ry, a great parks sys­tem, and “col­lab­o­ra­tion” between the com­mu­ni­ties and dis­trict.

Stepanoff, who praised Quakertown and Richland police for their accred­i­ta­tion and keep­ing the com­mu­ni­ties secure, also gave a shout out to dis­trict stu­dents. 

We have great kids,” he said. “If our kids trav­el any­where, you speak to peo­ple in the hotels, you speak to bus dri­vers, the one com­mon theme is they are the best behaved kids any­one out­side of this area has ever seen.”

Harner, who lat­er gave tours to Realtors who haven’t seen the new­ly ren­o­vat­ed high school,  high­light­ed district’s aca­d­e­m­ic excel­lence attained through the hard work of stu­dents and teach­ers.

QCSD has 28 Advanced Placement cours­es, World Languages in grades 6 to 12, Spanish and cod­ing in kinder­garten to fifth grades, and out­stand­ing STEM pro­grams.

 “It’s real­ly cool and get­ting robust,” Harner said of the tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments. “We could only imag­ine that years ago, and our youngest stu­dents are doing it now.”

 A year ago, Quakertown fin­ished first in Bucks County and 12th in the state in the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile.

 With a 34 per­cent pover­ty index, Harner said “no one with any­where near 34 per­cent out­per­forms us. The val­ue of what we’re doing here is excel­lent.”