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September 30, 1999 | By Brooks Barnes, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Parissa Zecher, 8, was a little rattled. Tightly holding the hand of her mother, Zara, the third grader slowly climbed the concrete steps of the Collegium Charter School in a navy-and-white uniform yesterday to start her first day of school. "She's really nervous," Zara Zecher said. "It was hard because there has been so much stopping and starting that she wasn't sure what would happen today. " For Parissa and 52 other students in kindergarten through grade six who started at Collegium yesterday - after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the school could open after a month delay - sitting down at their new desks was like deja vu. Almost all Collegium students had started school elsewhere while the charter school's new principal and trustees battled the West Chester Area School District in court for the right to open.
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August 26, 2000 | By Lisa Fine and Kelly Wolfe, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel ruled, 2-1, yesterday that a West Chester charter school can remain open. The court upheld a decision by the state Charter School Appeals Board that allowed the Collegium Charter School to open despite objections by the local school board. "This is the first court decision that interprets the charter school law, and it really . . . gives charter schools the chance to get off the ground," said R. David Walk Jr., Collegium's attorney. The West Chester Area School District had appealed an Charter School Appeals Board decision that said Collegium could open even though the local school board denied its charter application last spring.
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September 29, 1999 | By Brooks Barnes, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Students at the Collegium Charter School were expected to start classes this morning after yesterday's Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversal of a court decision that had kept it closed. Teachers started crying and dancing in the halls of the school on West Gay Street, principal Ron Hall said, when he told them they would be welcoming students today. "There has been a dark cloud hanging over this place, so when the news came that we can open, it was sheer excitement here," said Hall, whose son Alex, 6, was to start kindergarten at the school today.
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September 22, 1999 | By Brooks Barnes, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Attorneys for the Collegium Charter School filed an emergency application with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday asking for a review of a court ruling Monday that froze the school's opening. "We think the Commonwealth Court's grant of a stay committed an error in law," said Collegium attorney Kevin McKenna. "Not all the requirements for granting a stay were met. " Despite the setback, Collegium administrators are scrambling to complete last-minute repairs on their building on West Gay Street in anticipation of a quick reversal.
NEWS
August 2, 2004 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Collegium Charter School - where enrollment has swelled from 39 students in 1999 to 950 this fall - is about to buy the former Chester County Intermediate Unit headquarters in Exton to house its middle and high schools. Collegium chief executive Bill Winters said last week that within the next few months, the school will complete the purchase of the former Intermediate Unit building at 535 James Hance Court in the Oaklands Corporate Center, at a price of about $4.6 million.
NEWS
September 21, 1999 | By Susan Weidener and Bill Ordine, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
As teachers and parent volunteers at the Collegium Charter School in West Chester assembled desks and opened boxes containing new computers in preparation for today's first scheduled day of school, they found yesterday that there would be no first day of school. At least for now. Chester County Court Judge Warren G. Morgan yesterday granted the West Chester Area School District's petition to stay the charter school's opening. In his ruling, Morgan said the education of the charter school students was the responsibility of the public schools, for the time being.
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September 12, 2000 | By Lisa Fine, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The West Chester Area school board has asked Commonwealth Court to reconsider its case against a charter school. Attorneys for the district filed a petition for reconsideration Friday. A panel of Commonwealth Court judges voted, 2-1, to uphold the charter of Collegium Charter School of West Chester last month. The move differs from an appeal because the school district is not seeking the opinion of a higher court, but asking that the case be heard by the whole Commonwealth Court instead of the panel.
NEWS
March 9, 2000 | By Lisa Fine, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A panel of three Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judges heard oral arguments yesterday in a case that will decide whether the controversial Collegium Charter School can stay open in West Chester. Attorneys for the West Chester Area School District hope to persuade the court to close the school because of its ties to a for-profit company. But attorneys for the school say there is no merit to the district's arguments. The decision will have statewide impact, mapping a course for how the fate of charter schools will be decided, said both lawyers, who argued the case in Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 20, 1999 | By Brooks Barnes, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
William Winters can't help crowing. "I'm ecstatic," said Winters, 52, president of the Collegium Charter School board of trustees. "We believed in our school and just didn't let up. " The Collegium board won the right to open its controversial school for kindergarten through sixth grade on Sept. 28 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a Commonwealth Court ruling that had kept it closed. The charter school may be open for now, but Winters knows that the West Chester Area School District is not done with fighting it. The board is appealing an August ruling by the Charter School Appeal Board that said Collegium could open even though West Chester denied its charter application last spring.
SPORTS
April 22, 2016 | By Connor Northrup, Staff Writer
Shayonn Talley kept throwing strikes. Talley tossed a no-hitter in Parkway West's 20-1 win against visiting Edison in a Public League Silver Division softball game Wednesday. She pitched three innings before the game ended because of the mercy rule. Parkway West's Imani Dennis finished 4 for 4 with four runs and five RBIs. She also tripled, as did Nicole James. Public League Platinum. Rush's Morgan Hoffman earned a win in her first high school start, helping Rush defeat host Swenson, 22-0, in three innings.
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April 22, 2016 | By Connor Northrup, Staff Writer
Shayonn Talley kept throwing strikes. Talley tossed a no-hitter in Parkway West's 20-1 win against visiting Edison in a Public League Silver Division softball game Wednesday. She pitched three innings before the game ended because of the mercy rule. Parkway West's Imani Dennis finished 4 for 4 with four runs and five RBIs. She also tripled, as did Nicole James. Public League Platinum. Rush's Morgan Hoffman earned a win in her first high school start, helping Rush defeat host Swenson, 22-0, in three innings.
SPORTS
January 30, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
A 39-point outburst from Ahmadu Sarnor proved pivotal for Collegium Charter in a 82-75 victory on Thursday over visiting Perkiomen School in a Tri-County League boys' basketball game. Collegium's Gary Grove scored all 18 of his points in the second half. Half of his points came from fourth-quarter free throws. Pioneer. Malik Brown made 11 free throws and scored 33 points as host Pottstown triumphed over Boyertown, 71-67. Bicentennial. Wyatt Harkins scored 34 points for Delco Christian in its 54-52 victory at MaST Charter.
SPORTS
October 4, 2012 | By Ben Goldberg-Morse, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Junior Atta Ullah recorded his fourth hat trick of the season, netting four goals Wednesday in Furness' 9-0 romp over Roxborough in Public League boys' soccer. Desmond Smith and Miguel Macias added their first varsity goals, and Furness held visiting Roxborough without a single shot on goal. In other Public League action: Lincoln forward Meriklen Kercini bagged three goals and teammate Washington Kimber added a goal and three assists, as the Railsplitters rolled to an 8-0 win over Boys' Latin.
SPORTS
October 4, 2012 | By Ben Goldberg-Morse, Inquirer Staff Writer
Junior Atta Ullah recorded his fourth hat trick of the season, netting four goals Wednesday in Furness' 9-0 romp over Roxborough in Public League boys' soccer. Desmond Smith and Miguel Macias added their first varsity goals, and Furness held visiting Roxborough without a single shot on goal. In other Public League action: Lincoln forward Meriklen Kercini bagged three goals and teammate Washington Kimber added a goal and three assists, as the Railsplitters rolled to an 8-0 win over Boys' Latin.
SPORTS
April 27, 2011 | By Joe Fite, For The Inquirer
Even the best-laid plans don't always work out the way they were designed, but Lamberton will take the win anyway. Leon Bynum was trying to steal home in the bottom of the eighth inning, but was able to cruise home in front of a single by Terrance Langford and the Blue Devils stole an 8-7 win over visiting West Philadelphia in a Public League Division D baseball game Tuesday. Langford ended the game when he got enough of the bat on the ball to send a bloop single into left-center field.
SPORTS
April 20, 2011 | By Mike Gibson, For The Inquirer
Waiting proved worthwhile for Holy Ghost Prep tennis player Connor Pietrak on Tuesday. Pietrak survived a three-day delay to beat New Hope-Solebury's Brandon Loreti, 6-0, 7-6, and take his first Bicentennial League singles championship. Pietrak played the first set Saturday at Lower Moreland, with the second set moving to Tuesday morning at the same site because of Saturday's rain. Pietrak, the league's No. 1 seed, advances to the District 1 tournament Friday at the Healthplex in Springfield (Delaware County)
SPORTS
November 4, 2010 | By Mike Gibson, For The Inquirer
Lower Merion made the most of a goal by Matias Fernandez-Duque to beat Pennsbury, 1-0, in a District 1 Class AAA semifinal soccer playoff West Chester East on Wednesday. Fernandez-Duque scored from the penalty-kick area 10 minutes into the second half, after getting a crossing pass from Michael Lemonick. The Aces (17-1-3) also got seven saves from Emmitt McConnell and will face either Central Bucks West or Conestoga at 8 p.m. Saturday at West Chester University for the title. The fifth-seeded Aces have now beaten a No. 28 seed (Chichester)
SPORTS
October 20, 2010 | By Joe Fite, For The Inquirer
Lower Merion has been playing soccer for a long time. In their 87th season, the Aces won their 900th game. Roberto Bonilla, Kenny Lassiter and Sasha Safavi scored goals and led the Aces past visiting Springfield (Delaware County), 3-1, in a Central League game Monday. Lower Merion (12-1-3 overall, 8-1-2 league), ranked sixth in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches poll, scored twice in the second half and got five saves from Emmett McConnell. Joe Weisman scored five minutes into the second half and propelled Haverford High to a 1-0 win over visiting Strath Haven for its first league win of the season.
SPORTS
October 18, 2010
Kevin Piotrowicz and Chris Pawlowski scored goals two minutes apart midway through the first half Sunday and guided La Salle to a 2-0 victory over visiting Roman Catholic in Catholic League boys' soccer. Piotrowicz converted an assist from Craig Kikendall, and Darius Madison set up Pawlowski's goal, giving the first-place Explorers their 11th win 12 league games with one regular-season game remaining. La Salle's Leonardo Romero, a junior in his first year as the full-time goalie, made five saves and chalked up his 10th shutout of the season.
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