November 21, 2002 |
A job fair Tuesday evening aimed at attracting minority teaching candidates to the Lower Merion School District was, in the view of at least one attendee, possibly too successful. The event drew about 300 participants to the fair at Penn Wynne Elementary School, including Cynthia Solomon, an elementary teacher in the Philadelphia district. To Solomon's surprise, she said, the district had just one job opening - for a long-term substitute special-education teacher. "If you only have one opening, why hold a job fair?"
May 4, 1998 |
Attorneys for Narberth parents opposed to new school-attendance boundaries are now arguing that the redrawn map violated a district policy that board members repealed to "cover up their unlawful decision. " Janet Perry, president of the Lower Merion school board, denied any cover-up and noted that the board conducted all actions in public after months of discussion. "There was no mystery here," she said, insisting that the policy was repealed because it was vague and led to misunderstandings.
February 26, 2010
Re the Lower Merion School District webcam scandal: It's been reported that the Justice Department is working with the FBI, Montgomery County D.A. and Lower Merion police "to determine if the photography constituted a crime. " Face it: Had Joe Citizen been caught spying on students inside their homes via webcams, he'd be locked up and facing a laundry list of criminal charges by now! Rob Boyden, Drexel Hill
November 29, 1987 |
The Upper Merion Area School District dedicated its boathouse on the Schuylkill on Nov. 21. The boathouse, renovated by students in the Central Montgomery County Area Vocational-Technical School, is the home of the Upper Merion Area High School crew team. The school district leases space to the Lower Merion School District and will be leasing space to others. The boathouse, originally owned by Jack Trinsey, had fallen into disrepair and Upper Merion Township condemned it. The district agreed to renovate it and holds a 99-year lease from the township.
February 20, 2006
Philadelphia didn't want them. Now, suburban communities are balking. So, where can the Lower Merion School District park its 111 school buses? We'd like your constructive ideas on alternative sites for a parking lot; the district wants to build two high schools where the buses now park. Send your suggestions, in 100 words or less, to: Pennsylvania Commentary Page, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa. 19428, or e-mail them to: suburbanletters@phillynews.
August 27, 2010
THE Daily News has reported that the Lower Merion School District recently told an attorney who asked them to pay his firm more than $400,000 for forcing them to halt its webcam monitoring of students inside their homes to "go pound sand. " The LMSD stated that $400,000 "far exceeds the bounds of reasonableness. " Be that as it may, I think that most people would agree that a school district spying on high school students inside their homes via webcams far exceeds the bounds of reasonableness as well!
October 23, 2011 |
A federal judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit by some Lower Merion School District parents, students, and former students who claimed the district discriminated against them and other African American students by disproportionately and inappropriately placing them in special-education programs and in the lowest-level classes. The ruling in Amber Blunt et al v. Lower Merion School District et al was handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d, who wrote that there was "no direct or circumstantial evidence of racial discrimination.
June 16, 1988 |
Efforts by Narberth Solicitor Morris Sheer have made the borough's general fund $4,371.75 richer. Sheer negotiated with the Lower Merion School District to split the final assets of the Narberth School Authority after its disbanding. The Lower Merion School District has directed the authority since the Narberth and Lower Merion School Districts merged in the 1960s. The school authority issued bonds in 1966 to build the Narberth Elementary School, and despite the school's closing in 1979, the authority stayed in existence to complete its commitment to the bond holders.
April 18, 2013
Dawn Klemash Age: 36 Where ya from?: Queen Village, where she moved 12 years ago from Wynnewood. She's originally from Wilkes-Barre. What do you do?: She's the director of Schwartz Preschool, which has 46 students in Queen Village. Said no to the suburbs: Although many families flee cities for suburban schools, Klemash and husband Ray Kresge, a social-studies teacher at Ben Franklin High, left Wynnewood when their son Jake was little because they felt the esteemed Lower Merion School District wasn't right for him. "We moved for kindergarten," said Klemash, whose son attends Meredith Elementary School in Queen Village.
October 9, 1992 |
Three Narberth residents have filed a class-action appeal against Montgomery County, the Borough of Narberth and the Lower Merion School District for taxes paid on properties that they say were illegally reassessed. The appeal, filed on Monday with the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals, demands that the county, borough and school district refund all excess taxes paid on more than 100 Narberth properties. That amount exceeds $500,000, the appeal says. This is the third class-action appeal filed against the county and local municipalities.