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April 10, 1996 | By Lola Smallwood, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Conditions, conditions and more conditions were attached, but the Board of Supervisors still voted unanimously Monday night to approve the Downingtown Area School District's plan to build a three-school campus in Lionville. The district sought a conditional-use permit from the board to construct a middle school, expand and renovate Lionville Elementary School, and convert Lionville Junior High School to a high school. In a brief meeting Monday night, supervisors approved the plan, along with 29 conditions designed to ensure some balance between residents' concerns and the district's needs.
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April 13, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In what might have been a cyber attack, $665,000 in Downingtown Area School District funds wound up in "foreign bank accounts," the district announced Friday. Downingtown Police Chief James R. McGowan said the FBI is investigating the theft, which occurred through three wire transfers. The money was in school district funds deposited at DNB First bank. The theft was discovered on Wednesday, and all the money was recovered by Friday, officials said at a news conference. They did not say how the thefts were discovered, nor how the funds were recovered.
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February 26, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
State police in Chester County have filed charges against three Downingtown Middle School students in connection with a shoving match on a school bus that one of the alleged attackers videotaped. The bullying incident in West Bradford Township occurred around 3 p.m. Jan. 20, but didn't become public until Feb. 18, when a parent alerted school principal Nick Indeglio to the presence of the video on the Internet. Police labeled the incident "assault-harassment," but did not say what specific charges were filed against the alleged attackers.
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April 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what might have been a cyber attack, $665,000 in Downingtown Area School District funds wound up in "foreign bank accounts," the district announced Friday. Downingtown Police Chief James R. McGowan said the FBI was investigating the theft, which occurred through three wire transfers. The money was in school district funds deposited at DNB First bank. The theft was discovered Tuesday, and all of the money was recovered by Friday, officials said at a news conference. They did not say how the thefts were discovered or how the funds were recovered.
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April 16, 1989 | By Nancy Petersen, Special to The Inquirer
Downingtown Area School District's top administrator has blasted a West Bradford Township landowner for challenging the district's condemnation of his property. "I think one individual is holding the children of the Downingtown School District hostage for his own personal gains," Superintendent Ronald W. Gray said during Wednesday night's school board meeting. Gray said the property owner, Wayne DiFrancesco, has presented the board with a list of conditions that the board has no power to grant under state law. Acting on the advice of board solicitor James MacErlane, Gray declined to specify the conditions.
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July 14, 1998 | By Aileen Soper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The noise started back in May. Some compared it to the drone of a giant mechanical mosquito, while others said it sounded more like a hovering alien spacecraft. It awoke residents and bothered teachers and students at the East Ward Elementary School, which is directly below the offending green gadget - an air conditioner. Even now, two months after workers switched on the identical units at the East Ward and Lionville Elementary Schools, the racket is exasperating nearby residents.
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August 26, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears. After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a lawsuit filed by her family last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the district, the coach, and others. The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
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September 6, 1987 | By Tanya Barrientos, Inquirer Staff Writer
BENNER ELEMENTARY For the last six years, Elaine Clayton has been splitting her time between teaching the basics to elementary school students and reminding Coatesville School District officials about the basics in labor relations. But this fall, Clayton has decided to step down as president of the Coatesville Area Teachers Association to become the new principal at Benner Elementary School, 545 E. Lincoln Highway. Clayton, 51, has worked as a teacher for the Coatesville Area School District for 17 years, spending most of the years as either a fifth-grade or fourth-grade teacher at Rainbow Elementary School.
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September 1, 2007 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With $90 million in new grant money in this year's state education budget, 255 more Pennsylvania high schools, including high schools in 44 Philadelphia-area districts, will get high-tech classrooms this fall with laptop computers and high-speed Internet access. Philadelphia will receive $6 million, the most among local districts. Among suburban districts, grants ranged from $1.4 million to Central Bucks to $14,503 to Cheltenham. New grants will go to 26 districts; second year funding will go to 18. This is the second year of the Classrooms for the Future program.
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February 9, 2001 | By Brian Woodward, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After nearly four years of planning setbacks and layout compromises, construction on a $4.2 million athletic field complex is set to begin at the Downingtown West High School campus. Construction of the complex - which centers on a new 4,000-seat football stadium - could begin this summer, Downingtown Area School District officials said late Wednesday. "We will now award the contract for the new stadium in March and plan to have it done by the early summer of 2002," said Gil Lappano, facilities director for the district.
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August 26, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears. After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a lawsuit filed by her family last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the district, the coach, and others. The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
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April 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what might have been a cyber attack, $665,000 in Downingtown Area School District funds wound up in "foreign bank accounts," the district announced Friday. Downingtown Police Chief James R. McGowan said the FBI was investigating the theft, which occurred through three wire transfers. The money was in school district funds deposited at DNB First bank. The theft was discovered Tuesday, and all of the money was recovered by Friday, officials said at a news conference. They did not say how the thefts were discovered or how the funds were recovered.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In what might have been a cyber attack, $665,000 in Downingtown Area School District funds wound up in "foreign bank accounts," the district announced Friday. Downingtown Police Chief James R. McGowan said the FBI is investigating the theft, which occurred through three wire transfers. The money was in school district funds deposited at DNB First bank. The theft was discovered on Wednesday, and all the money was recovered by Friday, officials said at a news conference. They did not say how the thefts were discovered, nor how the funds were recovered.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a Monday like no other at schools around the region, the first day back after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed everything. "If there was a time when we were comfortable, we now have to be aware," said Jonette Marcus, a director of elementary education and curriculum for the Coatesville Area School District. "You know there's always the possibility of a tragedy within any school district, and we work very hard to prevent any type of tragedy to our students," said Curtis Griffin, superintendent of the Hatboro-Horsham School District.
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December 18, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a Monday like no other at schools around the region, the first day back after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed everything. "If there was a time when we were comfortable, we now have to be aware," said Jonette Marcus, a director of elementary education and curriculum for the Coatesville Area School District. "You know there's always the possibility of a tragedy within any school district, and we work very hard to prevent any type of tragedy to our students," said Curtis Griffin, superintendent of the Hatboro-Horsham School District.
NEWS
February 26, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
State police in Chester County have filed charges against three Downingtown Middle School students in connection with a shoving match on a school bus that one of the alleged attackers videotaped. The bullying incident in West Bradford Township occurred around 3 p.m. Jan. 20, but didn't become public until Feb. 18, when a parent alerted school principal Nick Indeglio to the presence of the video on the Internet. Police labeled the incident "assault-harassment," but did not say what specific charges were filed against the alleged attackers.
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February 7, 2008 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
School resumes today in the Downingtown Area School District, after striking teachers and the school board reached a tentative agreement yesterday afternoon. Both sides said they would not release details of the settlement until both have ratified it. No date for a vote has been set; district spokeswoman Patricia McGlone said that the school board's regular meeting is Wednesday but she could not say if the board would vote then, because the teachers would have to ratify the agreement first.
NEWS
September 1, 2007 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With $90 million in new grant money in this year's state education budget, 255 more Pennsylvania high schools, including high schools in 44 Philadelphia-area districts, will get high-tech classrooms this fall with laptop computers and high-speed Internet access. Philadelphia will receive $6 million, the most among local districts. Among suburban districts, grants ranged from $1.4 million to Central Bucks to $14,503 to Cheltenham. New grants will go to 26 districts; second year funding will go to 18. This is the second year of the Classrooms for the Future program.
NEWS
May 2, 2007
Avon Grove Do you favor the School District's imposing an additional 1.0/° earned income tax? The income generated from the increased tax rate will be used to reduce taxes on qualified residential properties by approximately $447.00. The current School District earned income tax rate is 0.0%. Coatesville Do you favor your school district imposing an additional 1% earned income tax? The revenue generated from the increased tax will be used to reduce taxes on qualified owner occupied residential properties by approximately $584, subject to amounts actually collected pursuant to the proposed tax increase.
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July 18, 2001 | By Kelly Wolfe INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A lawsuit filed in Chester County Court Monday attacked the constitutionality of the 1997 state Charter School Law and questioned whether a Chester County school district was obligated to make payments to a cyber school based in Jenkintown, where the school says 13 Downingtown residents have enrolled. Michael I. Levin, who filed the suit on behalf of the Downingtown Area School District, said charter schools, which are required under law to be public nonprofit entities, were not constitutional because the Pennsylvania General Assembly had "delegated municipal functions to a private corporation.
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