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July 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former director of a now-defunct West Chester charter school is being investigated for theft after an employee reported finding scores of questionable transfers in the school's bank accounts, court documents show. LaMont McKim, who in 2005 founded Sankofa Academy Charter School with his wife, had sole control of finances at the grades 5-12 institution, a board member told borough police. Police executed a warrant last week to seize the school's financial records. McKim does not have a publicly listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.
SPORTS
July 10, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
FORMER TEMPLE stud Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson spent his first year away from North Broad Street in relaxing fashion for a professional basketball player. He played for AB Contern in Luxembourg, but found enough time to eat his favorite dishes. Imagine a 215-pounder from Chester, chowing down overseas on pasta and chicken wings, the foods he told reporters he munched on following the Sixers' second Las Vegas Summer League practice Tuesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Seven years ago in August, Sue was at home in Phoenixville, clicking through Match.com bachelors. One was handsome, with an exceptionally witty profile. He was also a decade younger - not who she usually went for - but Match has this flirty little wink thing that requires no words and seemed fun and harmless. "What the heck," Sue thought. On the other end of the Internet, Mark, who lived in Malvern, looked up the profile of the winking woman. It was well-written and funny, and her picture was beautiful.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession. It's a startling turn for a group that for decades has made inroads in solidly Republican territory. Their counterparts in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties have leveraged those gains and now boast the majority of registered voters. Chester County is growing at a faster clip than any of them, and the latest registration figures put the party within striking distance of the GOP. But a festering feud last month led to a shake-up among party's top leaders and sowed discontent at a time when some say the party needs to unite behind Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The struggling Chester Upland School District adopted a $118 million budget Monday that raises taxes by 3.4 percent, but a $12.3 million shortfall lingers, according to state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins. As the district continues to grapple with financial and academic problems, Watkins said he hoped to close the gap with help from the state. "We are in the process of righting this ship and are confident that we will succeed," he said, noting that the 3,000-student district shaved $6.2 million from the preliminary budget to narrow the spending gulf.
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna Payne stopped at Bottom Dollar Food for the first time Thursday morning. By the time she reached the checkout line, the 44-year-old Chester resident had a cart brimming with chicken wings, bread, eggs, soda, and popsicles. "This cut down half the price from the other stores," she said. Most of the other stores she visits are not in her own city. Bottom Dollar opened its Chester store last month on Edgmont Avenue, becoming the city's second full-size supermarket. The other one - a nonprofit market called Fare & Square, operated by Philabundance - opened in the fall.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Chester has received an extension on its first payment to purchase the Barclay Grounds, but officials say the move is not a sign that the borough is backpedaling on its promise to save the cherished park from development. "We're going to get all the money we need to purchase the property. I have no doubt," Mayor Carolyn Comitta said. "It's messy. Nothing is ever a straight line. " The property, a shaded 1.3-acre lot that is privately owned but has long been used as a public park, drew widespread attention last year when a new owner proposed building four homes on the land.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying stricter federal nutrition guidelines are too much to swallow, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has decided to remove its 1,300 high school students from the program that is to go into effect next school year. In deciding last week that the students would not join the 31 million across the country who get free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, the district said its own food policies were healthy enough for its high schoolers. The district's middle school and four elementary schools will still participate.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area School District's board moved Monday to delay until later this summer its vote on how to redraw its voting regions, which could change the way residents vote and campaign during school elections as early as next year. The board voted, 8-0, to send back to committee a map that would have divided the 75-square-mile district, which includes parts of Chester and Delaware Counties, into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. Later this summer, the school board's ad hoc electoral committee will further discuss how best to divide the district.
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