May 29, 2015 |
To two generations of students, teachers, and parents in Bucks County's sprawling Council Rock School District, it might seem unfathomable, but Mark Klein once dropped out of the education world. That was 30 years ago when Klein, then a twenty-something grade-school teacher, was worried about tight school budgets and layoffs. He drove to Rutgers University in Camden four grueling nights a week for four years, earned a law degree, and traded the classroom for the courtroom as a clerk for a Bucks County judge.
February 13, 2014 |
COUNCIL ROCK The Council Rock School District has been awarded the 2104 Outstanding School Library District Award, 21 years after receiving it the first time. "The whole concept of libraries have changed," said Laura Follmer, the Bucks County district's library coordinator. For one thing, many schools straining under tight budgets have cut back on libraries and librarians. But Council Rock has full-time librarians and library aides in each of its fifteen schools. "Our administrators and teachers clearly feel we are essential to all they do," Follmer said.
June 25, 2013 |
The Council Rock School District is beefing up security in the wake of last year's school shooting in Connecticut, doubling its numbers of security cameras, expanding card access systems, and adding security personnel. The district's 10 elementary schools and three middle schools will receive most of the roughly $1 million in security improvements, Superintendent Mark Klein said. The school board approved the expenditure last week. Council Rock's two high schools use the bulk of the district's 100 security cameras, as well as an employee card access system, Klein said.
May 6, 2007 |
Larry Raffle and Keith Moss are on opposite sides of the Act 1 issue. Raffle, 72, a longtime soldier for tax-reform issues, is knocking on doors and guesting on radio programs to trumpet the legislation, with a slogan that is best summed up as "some property-tax relief is better than none at all. " Moss, 37, energized into activism by the legislation, wants to make sure that Act 1 never makes it past the intermission. He chaired a tax advisory committee to the Neshaminy School District that felt strongly enough about the legislation's downside that it voted to make no recommendation at all. Both men epitomize two of the communities that could very well find themselves on opposite sides of the fence, if the act is passed.
June 13, 2006 |
The let's-make-a-deal saga unfolding in Upper Makefield Township over the siting of a new veterans' cemetery has drawn a new player into the mix. Township resident Leo A. Holt, whose family has been involved in port operations along the Delaware waterfront for years, has emerged from behind the scenes as a potential buyer for a parcel of land involved in the deal. Called the Melsky tract, it is owned by the Council Rock School District. That Bucks County property is a key element in a complex land deal now under negotiation; the result is supposed to be a large new veterans' cemetery, while also allowing two new developments by home builder Toll Bros.
October 5, 2003 |
Beryl Katz, a former high school English teacher, wants to see better attendance in schools by seniors. The founder of Senior Adults for Greater Education, Katz is targeting adults 55 and older to volunteer in the Council Rock School District. "With two-parent-working families, it's hard to get parents to volunteer. Also, a lot of kids don't have grandparents nearby," she said. Katz, 47, said she started the program about five years ago to counter growing class sizes and combat divisiveness in the community over rising school taxes.
October 25, 2001 |
Like a Marine prepared for battle, Jenna Adams leaves Churchville Elementary School each day with just about every book she uses in school. This includes a social studies book the size of a hardy encyclopedia, not to mention paper-filled folders for every subject, a reading journal, and two long books she is reading for English class. "And sometimes it's worse," said Jenna, 11, inside a school hallway one morning, as her navy blue L.L. Bean book bag appeared to weigh her down and make her slant forward.
February 21, 2001
An editorial in Tuesday's Inquirer misidentified the Bucks County school district that is buying defibrillators for its schools. It is Council Rock School District.
February 13, 2001 |
It appears that the Council Rock School District is now making home-building possible. In a rare move to recoup a $3.5 million land investment it made 13 years ago, the district is talking about selling a 134-acre cornfield to Toll Bros. Inc. - among the region's largest developers - which is offering more than $5 million to build a senior housing complex on the land. The negotiations have annoyed the supervisors in rural Upper Makefield Township, where part of the land sits, who say the district is looking to make a profit at the expense of the township's open-space efforts.