November 9, 2013 |
Jurors in the federal wire-fraud trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown on Thursday heard from three phantom board members who purportedly approved management contracts that enriched companies Brown controlled. Lynn Bull, a reading specialist in Luzerne County, said Brown asked her in 2007 to serve on a charter board. But she said she expressed concerns about getting to board meetings because she lived in Williamsport. Also, she was never told the name of the school.
November 8, 2013 |
Tuesday was a tough night to be an incumbent school board member in the West Chester and Coatesville Area School Districts. Controversies, it seemed, spurred people to vote for changes. In West Chester, the three Republican incumbents and a fourth Republican on their ticket lost to four Democrats who said they "support a healthier negotiating process in order to find reasonable solutions" to the teachers' contract talks that have dragged on for more than two years, according to their website.
November 7, 2013 |
Burlington County Freeholder Joe Donnelly decisively defeated challenger Reva Foster on Tuesday, allowing Republicans to continue their more than three decades of control of the five-member board. Until 2008, the GOP had enjoyed a 23-year monopoly that was interrupted when two Democrats were swept into office on President Obama's coattails. Republicans quickly regained both seats, but lost them again last year, making party control again an issue on Tuesday. Democrats, meanwhile, continued their domination in Camden and Gloucester Counties.
November 7, 2013 |
Republican incumbents staved off challenges in key races in Delaware and Bucks Counties on Tuesday, while Chester County voters ousted school board members in two districts wracked by controversy. In Coatesville, where outrage flared this summer with the discovery of racist text messages from its former superintendent, board member Tonya Thames Taylor lost her seat to newcomer Deborah L. Thompson. Some district residents had blamed the school board for failing to properly handle the scandal and letting Superintendent Richard Como resign instead of firing him. "Those that chose to come out spoke volumes," Thompson said Tuesday night.
November 5, 2013
Episcopal Community Services , a Philadelphia-based human-services agency, elected the following members to its board: Debora Brown , executive director of Family Support Circle; John Daniels , chaplain at Church Farm School; Barbara Kozemchak , an independent market-planning and research professional; Steve Lyons , a partner and chartered financial analyst at Cooke & Bieler; Hillary West , associate rector at St. Thomas' Church...
November 3, 2013 |
This week, Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees was poised to select a new president. Now, it appears a vote is weeks - possibly months - away. Board chairman Keith Masser, who said last month he expected a decision before the end of November, on Friday promised only that the process would conclude by June 30, the date by which president Rodney Erickson has said he will depart. Trustees emerged from a private meeting Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College and said they needed more time to consider candidates.
November 2, 2013 |
The most successful companies, University of Delaware professor Charles Elson said, "have strong management and strong boards of directors. " Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is the latest company to struggle in finding the proper balance between the two. Teva shocked financial markets Wednesday when its board and CEO Jeremy Levin "agreed" that Levin should resign after only about 18 months in the job. Levin was hired because Teva had not...
November 1, 2013 |
Unlike in the past, party control is driving a hotly contested race for an open seat on the Burlington County freeholder board this year. And in the normally low-key contests for county sheriff and clerk, new issues are being debated. Republicans have held forth over the five-member board for more than three decades, but last year two Democrats won seats, giving the minority party an opportunity to wrest control Tuesday. Democrat Reva Foster, Willingboro's executive director of community affairs, the department on aging, and veteran affairs, is challenging Republican Joe Donnelly, the freeholder director and a senior sales manager with Hubbell, an electrical manufacturer.
October 24, 2013 |
A day after Chester County's district attorney publicly accused the Coatesville Area School District's board of impeding his investigation into school finances, the board voted Tuesday to hire a Philadelphia law firm to represent the district in the inquiry. Attorney Matthew Haverstick of Conrad O'Brien will represent the district, District Attorney Thomas Hogan confirmed Tuesday night. "Mr. Haverstick is an experienced and well-respected lawyer, so we look forward to working with him," Hogan said.