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November 7, 1991 | By Edward Ohlbaum, Special to The Inquirer
David P. Blatt, the Council Rock School District's assistant superintendent since 1987 and former principal of Council Rock High School, was tapped Monday night as the district's chief administrator, replacing veteran Superintendent John J. Byrne. In an unscheduled agenda item, the board approved a three-year contract for Blatt, with a starting salary of $92,000. The board quickly voted, 9-0, on a motion by Harold G. Osborne to hire Blatt, "effective immediately upon the absence of Superintendent Byrne.
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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.
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May 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 10, 1992 | By Laura Spinale, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert Winters last night announced he would resign as superintendent of the Central Bucks School District to become principal of the Sol Feinstone Elementary School in Council Rock School District. His employment at Council Rock is contingent on the approval of that school board. A board vote has been set for Monday night, Winters said during a school board meeting. Winters has been at Central Bucks for 16 years, six as principal of Kutz Elementary School, five years as assistant superintendent, and five as superintendent, a job that paid him $96,000 a year.
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February 13, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 10, 2000 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The death of this Bucks County township's tax collector just before the school tax season has delayed the collection of about $20 million in taxes owed to the Council Rock School District and cost the district thousands of dollars in interest. Tony Rubini died June 20, 10 days before thousands of property-tax bills payable to him were to be sent to Newtown Township residents. As a result, the school district has delayed sending the tax bills until Aug. 1, giving Bucks County officials enough time to reprint them without Rubini's name.
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January 29, 1997 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In forums this week and last, residents of the Council Rock School District have received from administrators three core expansion proposals. The plans, with an average total cost near $100 million, offer various combinations of construction to deal with expected growth. Each carries separate tax implications for residents of the district. Plan No. 1. Construction of two new 800-student elementary schools, and an 800-student junior high school. Administrators would have an option to build another elementary school of the same size.
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June 25, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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June 7, 2000 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Inside the second-floor office at the Chancellor Street Elementary School, head secretary Janet Wittmer just waited for the end. After a decade of anticipating the school's closing, the final moments arrived for her yesterday at 12:15 p.m. By then the pictures had been removed from the walls and the library cleared of books. All that remained for Wittmer to do was ring Chancellor's mighty bell, heralding - as for decades - that school was out for the summer. Except now it was out for good.
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March 30, 2000 | By Lisa Fine, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The West Chester Area School District's search for a superintendent has narrowed to four finalists. School board members said they would not release the names of the finalists yet, but would do so before a public meeting in April. "We are very happy with the four candidates we are considering for the position," said school board member Debra Arvanites. "I'm sure we will have a very good superintendent, whomever we pick. " School board members selected the four from a pool of 12 candidates for the position, which has been vacant since July.
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May 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 13, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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May 6, 2007 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 13, 2006 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 5, 2003 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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October 25, 2001 | By Amie Parnes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 13, 2001 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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