June 24, 2014 |
The fledgling Independence Mission Schools network of Catholic elementary schools is used to moving fast. It sprang into action two years ago to save 14 parish schools in low-income neighborhoods when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced plans to close them. And when the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District listed the shuttered Harrison Elementary School in North Philadelphia for a quick sale last fall, the network scrambled to raise $1.36 million to buy it to replace the nearby St. Malachy school.
May 31, 2014 |
Parents and students at the 17 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are assured of at least one more year of labor peace. The 650 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers on Wednesday approved a one-year contract that gives each a $1,200 yearly increase in salary starting this fall. "Both the association and the school system are pleased that these successful negotiations will provide assurances to the students and their parents that our schools will be poised for another year of success in September," according to a joint statement from the archdiocese and union president Rita Schwartz.
April 3, 2014 |
Dan Jackson, boys' basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school's athletic director showed him a post on Twitter. This was not anything he or athletic director Lonnie Diggs had talked about. Jackson said they were blindsided. The news had spread quickly from Harrisburg. The PIAA, the state's governing body of high school sports, wants to limit charter schools' use of city players. Robert Lombardi, the PIAA's executive director, proposed legislation that would require charter-school students to play their sports at neighborhood public schools.
February 19, 2014 |
Marilyn Allena values faith, Catholic education, and the quiet of country living. All three drove Allena, 54, to recently enroll her fourth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter at St. John the Baptist School in Ottsville, Bucks County. "I feel St. John's is absolutely the right school for them," Allena said. "I don't know what I would do if they said they were considering to close. " Two years ago, St. John's was indeed slated to close, one of more than four dozen schools targeted as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sought ways to save money and consolidate shrinking schools.
January 23, 2014 |
CHAD, A JUNIOR at West Catholic Preparatory High School, is in a predicament similar to that of Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia official released from prison last month. Chad was ordered by a Juvenile Court judge to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet as part of his sentence for a December arrest. Lynn, whose child-endangerment conviction was overturned on appeal last month, also was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet as a term of his release from prison.
January 23, 2014 |
It's not for sale, but that doesn't stop Francis E. Fox - the new president of Archbishop John Carroll High School, after 33 years developing real estate - from describing the 46-year-old Catholic school in Radnor as if it were the Main Line's hottest property. "I have two train [lines] at my front door," said Fox, honing his pitch to boost student enrollment while funding a $10 million campus overhaul. "I have the Blue Route and [I-]76 at my front door. . . . This is the center of the universe.
December 10, 2013 |
BENSALEM It was widely known at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, a private Catholic high school in Bensalem, that French and Spanish teacher Michael Griffin was gay. Griffin said Sunday he and his partner, Vincent Giannetto, had attended parties together in the priests' residence, sat with the principal, Jeff Danilak, during an April fund-raiser, and even had a school administrator as a guest at the reception for their civil union in 2008. But Griffin was not fired until he and Giannetto applied Friday for a marriage license in New Jersey, where they live.
November 13, 2013 |
For the first time, students applying to high school at Philadelphia School District, charter, and Catholic schools will be able to start the process with similar one-page applications, Mayor Nutter's Office of Education announced. The forms were developed by the district, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Charter Schools for Excellence, and other organizations that are members of the Great Schools Compact. "This has been one of the things that the compact has been talking about from the very beginning," said Lori Shorr, the city's chief education officer.
October 20, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The new fund established by Mayor Nutter to raise money for school supplies has received nearly $531,000, exceeding its Oct. 15 goal, city officials said Friday. Two large anonymous donations - of $125,000 and $100,000 - came in recently and helped the fund top the initial goal of $500,000 set by Nutter when he announced the effort last month. The long-term goal is to raise $2.5 million over five years. "This isn't over," said Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Nutter.
October 8, 2013 |
Given a choice years ago to retire and enjoy life, businessman Robert Healey Sr. decided to dig in. He is on a personal crusade to help save Catholic schools in the region. Healey, 84, of Lumberton, a successful lawyer and entrepreneur, has become a champion for Catholic education, turning around struggling schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by showing them how to operate more like businesses. As the cofounder of Viking Yacht in Burlington County, one of the world's top luxury yacht builders, and the chief executive of more than a half-dozen companies and several charities, Healey knows how to run a business.