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!
April 6, 2015 |
For Marjie Versagli, owner of Malvern Flowers & Gifts, this used to be peak season - prom corsages, Mother's Day bouquets. But that's changed. Now, she's busier year-round. About 20 miles away, the Lower Merion School District is in a building frenzy, adding a dozen classrooms and repurposing gymnasiums and other spaces to accommodate its largest enrollment increase in nearly 40 years. The blooming flower business and the Lower Merion crowding are symptomatic of the region's shifting demographics.
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.
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.
July 24, 2014
A review Tuesday of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's performance of Macbeth misidentified the actress who played Lady Macbeth, Susan Riley Stevens. The "Changing Skyline" column July 4 overstated the increase in votes cast for Democratic City Committee candidates in the 30th Ward. The number of people casting ballots this May was about 50 percent higher than in 2010, the previous election for Democratic City Committee. A story in some editions Wednesday misstated the date of a public session to discuss the Lower Merion School District's school-bus parking proposal.
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.
March 24, 2010 |
A U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on surveillance-law issues related to the Lower Merion School District's laptop-spying allegations will be conducted in Philadelphia's federal courthouse Monday. But no one involved in the Web-cam fracas is expected to appear. A witness list for the hearing indicates that U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), who chairs the crime and drugs subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to call five national technology and law experts unaffiliated with Lower Merion schools or the family of Blake Robbins.
March 15, 2005
HAVING GROWN up in Philadelphia but no longer living there, we are grateful that our favorite papers are on the Web so we may keep up with the news from home. We would like to make a suggestion on the proposed bus depot planned for East Falls. Let Lower Merion build the depot with the understanding that anyone living within a 1-mile radius of the site would be allowed to send their child to Lower Merion for school. This would not only enhance the educational environment for the children, but would also increase the property value of the homes in East Falls (the radius around the depot would be a de facto extension of the Lower Merion school district)