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June 14, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
AS LAYOFFS loom in the school district, Naomi Wyatt, a lawyer who was a cabinet member in former Gov. Ed Rendell's administration, has been named its new chief human resources officer, district sources told the Daily News yesterday. Wyatt, 40, is expected to begin her new job June 24. She's leaving the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, where she has been the director of legal and governmental affairs since June 2011, according to her LinkedIn page. District spokesman Fernando Gallard declined to confirm Wyatt's status with the district, saying officials "were not ready" to discuss it. School officials are expected to announce a second round of layoffs today at district headquarters in an effort to help close a $304 million budget shortfall.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid massive Philadelphia School District layoffs, the teachers' union Tuesday decried the lack of education funding, Mayor Nutter spent the day in Harrisburg seeking support for schools, and laid-off noontime aides demonstrated outside City Hall. "The students trust us," said Doris Hogue, an aide at South Philadelphia High School and one of 1,203 aides who received pink slips last week. "When fights are getting ready to occur, the students come to us," Hogue said during a rally outside City Hall that drew about 30 aides, students, and parents.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester Upland School District has released a preliminary 2013-14 budget with a $22.5 million shortfall that might require a 2.7 percent tax increase and layoffs. The $123.9 million spending plan approved Thursday night by state-appointed receiver Joseph Watkins represented a $22 million increase from this year's. School officials cautioned that the budget was in the early stages and that the district could get more state funding. Final adoption is scheduled for June 27. The deficit is due mainly to charter-school payments, according to George Crawford, the district's chief financial officer.
NEWS
April 29, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people yesterday at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday Mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church about noon yesterday and walked up to the choir area, where he began his attack. The injuries to the four victims weren't life-threatening. An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DISTRICT Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Thursday he was not crying wolf as he told the School Reform Commission and a packed house of the "dire" budget situation. If funds aren't secured to fill the Philadelphia School District's $304 million budget gap in 2013-14, the district could face "massive layoffs" and the elimination of programs such as art, music, extracurricular activities and sports, Hite said. And unlike last year - when the district borrowed $300 million to pay the bills - no money will be borrowed this time.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2013
In the Region   PolyMedix files for bankruptcy   PolyMedix Inc. , a small biotech company in Radnor, has sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . In January, PolyMedix replaced its chief executive officer, Nicholas Landekic, with chief financial officer Edward F. Smith as interim CEO. Smith resigned Monday, according to the filing. A company spokeswoman did not return a call or e-mail. With its most advanced drug only in stage two (of three)
NEWS
March 31, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children laid off 46 employees, administrators confirmed Friday, as health systems around the nation face increasing financial pressures. "Our patients' experience will not be affected," Devin Bruton, the hospital's director of business development, said in a statement. "We care very much about all of our employees and worked to ensure the transition was smooth. " He said the layoffs represented about 2 percent of the 189-bed North Philadelphia hospital's workforce.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children laid off 46 employees, administrators confirmed Friday, as health systems around the nation face increasing financial pressures. "Our patients' experience will not be affected," said Devin Bruton, the hospital's director of business development in a statement. "We care very much about all of our employees and worked to ensure the transition was smooth. " He said the layoffs represent about 2 percent of the 189-bed North Philadelphia hospital's workforce.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight meeting, the East Greenwich Township Committee voted Tuesday to delay voting on a measure to lay off five full-time police officers from the 20-member force, though it claimed to be inching closer to solving its budget impasse. The five-member committee said it would continue to negotiate with the police union and would hold a special budget meeting next week. The measure was tabled two weeks ago after Mayor Fred Grant recused himself from voting on the proposed layoff of part-time Officer Gerald Hall, who helped arrest him in July on allegations of speeding and driving while intoxicated.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the second straight meeting, the East Greenwich Township Committee voted Tuesday to delay voting on a measure to lay off five full-time police officers from the 20-member force, though it claimed to be inching closer to solving its budget impasse. The five-member committee said it would continue to negotiate with the police union and would hold a special budget meeting next week. The measure was tabled two weeks ago after Mayor Fred Grant recused himself from voting on the proposed layoff of part-time Officer Gerald Hall, who helped arrest him in July on allegations of speeding and driving while intoxicated.
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