March 2, 2000 |
Grabbing a quick snack from a machine has long been one of life's simpler pleasures. The money goes in. Push a button and, voila! down comes a treat. Although they now take paper money, and have electronic touch pads and other improvements, by and large, vending machines have been doing the same thing since the days of ancient Egypt. Nothing lasts forever. Technological advances promise to give even these humble devices a touch of modern intelligence. One local company, USA Technologies Inc., is working on turning vending machines into vehicles for Internet electronic commerce.
January 14, 2000 |
State auditors and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office yesterday joined a school district investigation of Camden High School's finances that is reviewing athletic funds and other accounts to determine whether the money has been mishandled, authorities said. The investigation, which began as an examination of an office safe found empty last week, has widened to cover all of the school's student activity accounts from the current school year, Board of Education president Phil Freeman said in an interview yesterday.
January 11, 2000 |
School administrators are examining financial reports from Camden High School's athletic events, booster club and other student activities as they try to determine whether money is missing from the school, where an office safe was found empty Wednesday, officials said. The investigation may go beyond the contents of the safe to focus on the overall integrity of the school's finances, Board of Education President Phil Freeman said in an interview yesterday. The school district launched the investigation of Camden High's accounts after officials discovered the safe inside the main office complex was empty Wednesday.
October 18, 1999 |
Angry residents told a stunned Borough Council last week that they opposed early plans for a $1.2 million municipal building, saying it would be "excessive" and "unnecessary" for the tiny town. More than 60 people packed the municipal courtroom on North East Avenue on Thursday for the regularly scheduled work session, and at least a dozen more watched the meeting from outside the building. The council had planned to set a preliminary time line for the building project. But the idea of tinkering with the structure of this conservative borough does not appeal to some residents.
September 25, 1997
City Controller Jonathan Saidel deserves a gold star for catching imprudent expenditures by some Philadelphia public schools staffers. To show it learned the lesson, the district's central office should quickly devise rules for those in the schools who now make most decisions about individual spending. At a time when the district is decentralizing its operations and trying to convince the state that it deserves more funding, expensive staff dinners in fancy restaurants send the wrong message.
January 29, 1997 |
One after the other, six black residents - bolstered by supporters in the audience - expressed disbelief that a long-standing black administrator in the school district was not interviewed in the search for a new superintendent. Their angry questions fell onto a mute West Chester Area school board that, citing confidentiality, did not add any specifics to a written statement read at its meeting Monday night. John Hewlett, the director of human resources for the school district, applied for the position of retiring Superintendent Thomas Kent, but was not granted an interview.
January 18, 1997 |
Some think the School District's stately headquarters at 21st Street and the Parkway is an opulent palace for overpaid bureaucrats, but the view from the basement is anything but chic. Just ask City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who was surveying the damage yesterday from a burst heating pipe that spewed 200-degree water over desks covered with auditors' work papers. The accident occurred late Thursday. It was discovered by a district employee after the heating system went down and an alarm sounded.
September 20, 1996 |
Rhonda H. Lauer is back in the saddle. Lauer, who left her third-in-command post at the Philadelphia School District in July because of differences with Superintendent David Hornbeck, will become chief executive officer of a non-profit group that partly will explore ways to improve education. Privately financed Foundations Inc., based in Darby, Delaware County, underwrites programs to improve the lives of children and families. One such program, which operates in the William Penn School District in Delaware County, offers before-and-after-school child care for youngsters through sixth grade, workshops for parents and a free summer camp.
July 11, 1996 |
What is the largest multi-site system serving approximately 26,000 children in Philadelphia, with a combined annual budget of more than $116 million for which there is no publicly supported central office or even a clearinghouse? If you answered the child-care system, you can step to the front of the class. Despite the critical 1991 Carnegie Report, "Starting Points," which underscored the importance of early childhood education, child care receives little attention. Mayor Rendell's recent statement that "child care is the most important economic development issue facing Philadelphia," failed to bring the obstacles providers face when working with city or state regulatory and licensing agencies to the forefront.
April 27, 1996 |
Outraged over proposed cuts in school programs, some 250 Lincoln High students yesterday walked out of classes, blocking traffic at the intersection of Rowland and Ryan avenues for two hours. "They want to take away charters and academies and all the sports, and they want to fire 11 teachers and put more students in classes. It's not right," said ninth-grader Nicole DiDonato. "They had the same budget last year that they have this year," shouted senior William Hinkel. "Why can't they do the same things?"