June 15, 2008 |
After 34 years living in a four-bedroom brick home on a leafy acre in Radnor Township, retirees Karl and Jean Dorschu wanted something smaller, something with less raking and snow shoveling, something less taxing, physically and financially. They chose to stay in Delaware County, buying a $325,000 two-bedroom house in the Boothwyn section of Upper Chichester Township, 20 miles away. There, they assumed, their property tax would be much lower than the $7,000 they paid in Radnor.
December 16, 2006 |
A former Chichester School District employee responsible for paying district bills pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $63,000 in school funds yesterday. Jennifer Patricia Wilson, 33, of Bear, Del., was an accounts-payable specialist for the district, which serves 3,700 students in lower Delaware County. "Other than salary, everything went through her," said Roberta Gruber, business-operations adviser for the school district. Gruber said the discrepancy was discovered during a routine audit.
September 8, 2004
The tale of Chichester schools governance during the last couple of years reads like a cheap novel. It had all the elements: love, death, crime, mystery, betrayal. One big difference: In real life, real people - adults and children - get hurt. The brawling that took place among Chichester's school officials hurt individuals and it hurt a school system that would have done better to use all that attention, energy and money to improve a spotty education record. The Chichester school board finally fired former school district solicitor Terry Silva, after she had spent tens of thousands of dollars persecuting then-Superintendent Edwin Meyer, who ended up taking his own life.
May 13, 2003 |
After weeks of angry calls from Chichester School District residents to fire Solicitor Terry Silva in the aftermath of the suicide of Superintendent Edwin Meyer, it appears the school board is moving toward doing just that. Three of the current eight board members said they would vote in a special session to remove Silva. Both candidates for appointment to the vacant ninth position said they would vote to fire her. The fifth and deciding vote would belong to board member Michelle Conte.
May 8, 2003 |
I was most distraught to read of the tragic suicide of Dr. Edwin Meyer, superintendent of the Chichester School District, on April 18. This story really resonated with me, as I am a retired school superintendent. During my 17 years in that position, I worked with many school board members and solicitors who represented the best in volunteerism and professionalism. Having said that, I have also been victimized by the same type of perfidy that seems to have driven Dr. Meyer over the edge.
May 1, 2003
Behavior in Chichester district was a disgrace Bravo to Bob Martin for his powerful commentary April 23 ("Chichester should review its treatment of superintendent") about the witch-hunt in the Chichester School District and Superintendent Ed Meyer's suicide. What an absolute disgrace that solicitor Terry Silva was allowed by the school board to treat Dr. Meyer with such total disdain and disrespect. I'd like to see her endure the grilling that Dr. Meyer did. If Ms. Silva had such a solid case, then why did it cost the district $250,000 in legal fees without any wrongdoing being proved?
April 30, 2003 |
More than 600 residents of the Chichester School District packed a meeting hall last night, applauding and hollering support for speakers calling for the ouster of District Solicitor Terry Silva. They filled the nearly 500 seats at the Reliance Fire Company banquet hall in Boothwyn, Delaware County, and stood wherever there was room, including in the aisles and outside. Many at the meeting said they decided to get involved after Superintendent Edwin Meyer committed suicide over the Easter weekend in the middle of school board termination hearings.
April 22, 2003 |
It had been an ugly scene for some time in the Chichester School District - the power struggle between the school superintendent and the solicitor, the allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing on both sides, a deeply divided board. But nobody could have anticipated this. Schools Superintendent Edwin Meyer put a shotgun to his neck and pulled the trigger. His body was found Sunday in Centreville, Del. He killed himself in the middle of a series of four public hearings that would determine whether he remained in charge of the 3,700-pupil school district in southeastern Delaware County that he had headed for four years.
May 13, 1999 |
The Chichester School District's proposed 1999-2000 school budget would not increase property taxes, thanks largely to a one-time cash infusion from the refinancing of a school-construction loan. Taxpayers who heard the proposal at a special school board meeting Tuesday night at Chichester Middle School gave the district's financial consultant, Robert J. Davey 3d, a standing ovation and screams of "Hooray!" The district has had a steady dose of tax increases, amounting to a 68 percent rise over the last eight years.
May 17, 1998 |
Though others may be participating in a lackluster primary Tuesday, voters in the Chichester School District have a larger task at hand: Electing a new school board that will shift political power from the district's three "Lower End" towns to its more affluent and populous neighbor - Upper Chichester. The contest, in which 13 people seek nine realigned seats on the school board, is not a creature of state election law but rather the result of a federal court ruling. The U.S. District Court in Philadelphia found that Upper Chichester was underrepresented by the old configuration and set the special election to elect members with a new, tri-regional apportionment plan.