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June 9, 1995 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Despite assurances of constant supervision and a better student-to-teacher ratio than most private schools, Vision Quest, the high school for troubled youths, has been delayed in its attempt to move into Worcester Elementary School. The Worcester Zoning Hearing Board adjourned at 10 p.m. Tuesday without deciding on Vision Quest's application for a zoning variance. Testimony is scheduled to resume at 7:30 p.m. July 25. Although Vision Quest has signed a lease with the Methacton School District, the for-profit company needs approval from the zoning board - and ultimately the township supervisors - before it can move into the vacant elementary school on Valley Forge Road.
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March 13, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vincent F. Farina, 80, of West Norriton Township, retired school superintendent in the Methacton district, died Friday at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown. Mr. Farina was named principal of Methacton Junior-Senior High School in 1960, and from 1962 to 1978 was superintendent of the Lower Providence/Worcester School System, which was later renamed the Methacton School District. "During his tenure, he directed the expansion of the school district to include a new junior high school, two new elementary schools, an administration building, a bus garage and service center, and additions to two elementary schools," said his wife of 55 years, Louise Ely Farina.
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January 20, 1993 | by Kathy Sheehan and Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writers
How could romancing a 15-year-old girl be satisfactory performance for a school teacher? Somehow the Methacton School District, after forcing the resignation of music teacher Gregory DiFonzo amid reports of a sex scandal, gave him a clean review when he sought work in Philadelphia's schools, officials said. DiFonzo started working for Roxborough's Shawmont Elementary School in 1980. The 43-year-old teacher is accused of tricking a blindfolded 9-year-old pupil there into oral sex in the music room.
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April 17, 1996 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Once-empty desks are filled with keyboards, and knots of copper and rubber wires have been supplemented with fine bundles of fiber-optic cables. For Methacton School District students, the computer age is here. District computer experts are drafting a master plan to bring the district into the computer-age vanguard for the 21st century. Robert Holly, the district's director of technology, will present a report on the district's technology program at next Tuesday's board meeting.
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November 25, 1998 | By Angela Pomponio, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Borrowed time apparently is running out for the antiquated Burnside Elementary School as Norristown school board members voted, 5-3, last night to schedule a mandatory public hearing on whether to close the doors for good. Under state law, school boards must hold a public hearing at least 90 days before a final vote on closing any school. The hearing will be held Jan. 11. School Board President Murray Toas said closing the school and moving its nearly 200 students to six other schools would be the soundest financial decision for the district.
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September 20, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The September 2002 class of eighth graders at Arcola Intermediate School will neither huddle nor study in five overcrowded modular classrooms as their predecessors did. Instead, they will spread out into 26 spacious new rooms, for which the Methacton School District has appropriated $10 million, Principal John Bravo said. Construction of the two-story expansion is scheduled to begin by December, with completion anticipated in September 2002. The third wing to be added at Arcola will be the school's largest, Bravo said.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | By Michelle Conlin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The issue of reopening Worcester Elementary School versus reopening Audubon Elementary just won't go away. Though the Methacton school board voted more than a year ago for the Worcester option, estimated to cost about $5 million as compared with $2.1 million for work at Audubon, a group called Citizens Against Unnecessary School Spending has kept charging. Last Thursday, the school district received a letter from the group's lawyer, Philip Berg, threatening to seek an injunction to stop the district from going ahead with the project.
NEWS
June 24, 1993 | By Diane Struzzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The long debate over how to handle an expected enrollment increase in the Methacton School District concluded Tuesday night when the school board decided to reopen Worcester Elementary School in 1995. By a 5-4 vote, board members approved reopening the school, in Worcester Township, and spending about $4.4 million to refurbish it. The other option was to reopen Audubon Elementary School in Lower Providence Township at a renovation cost of $2.4 million. The school district consists of the two townships.
NEWS
May 15, 1997 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For about a month, a rumor in the Methacton School District has created worry for parents and put school board members on the offensive. The rumor has made its way into chatter at ball games and parties, small talk in supermarkets, and public comments at school board meetings. Some board members and parents blame politics and next week's primary election. The rumor: The school board plans to close the Eagleville Elementary School. "That is absolutely, categorically untrue," School Board President Jim Van Horn, who is up for reelection, said at the board's meeting Monday.
NEWS
March 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Webster Mansuy, 61, of Worcester, Montgomery County, who worked in public education for 40 years, died Saturday, March 2, of breast cancer 36 hours after arriving at Meadowood Retirement Community for rehabilitation. Mrs. Mansuy (pronounced Man-SAY) was diagnosed in September 2010 with an unspecified cancer that developed into breast and, later, brain cancer. She continued to work until August 2011 while mounting a vigorous fight against the disease. Born in Norristown, the daughter of Eugene and Betty Shuler Webster, Mrs. Mansuy was all about work.
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May 22, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Fallout from the primary election continued across the Philadelphia suburbs Wednesday as some candidates prepared to challenge close results and others celebrated or reeled from upsets. In Coatesville, two judicial candidates said they would pursue complaints against the primary winner, incumbent Magisterial District Judge Grover Koon, over his campaign conduct. Jacquelyn Carter said Koon distributed mailers with confidential information about a protection-from-abuse-order she had obtained - in a case in which Koon presided.
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March 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Webster Mansuy, 61, of Worcester, Montgomery County, who worked in public education for 40 years, died Saturday, March 2, of breast cancer 36 hours after arriving at Meadowood Retirement Community for rehabilitation. Mrs. Mansuy (pronounced Man-SAY) was diagnosed in September 2010 with an unspecified cancer that developed into breast and, later, brain cancer. She continued to work until August 2011 while mounting a vigorous fight against the disease. Born in Norristown, the daughter of Eugene and Betty Shuler Webster, Mrs. Mansuy was all about work.
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August 28, 2003 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Think of Frank Shaffer as the leader of an army responsible for moving more than 6,000 people every day. Five days a week. Ten months a year. To points near and far. Shaffer is the transportation manager for the Methacton School District in lower Montgomery County, and this is his busy season - mapping and adjusting bus routes, fielding phone calls, dealing with new students. "We always get calls for a stop change," Shaffer said, sighing. "It's usually from a parent who wants their child sent to their day-care provider after school.
NEWS
September 20, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The September 2002 class of eighth graders at Arcola Intermediate School will neither huddle nor study in five overcrowded modular classrooms as their predecessors did. Instead, they will spread out into 26 spacious new rooms, for which the Methacton School District has appropriated $10 million, Principal John Bravo said. Construction of the two-story expansion is scheduled to begin by December, with completion anticipated in September 2002. The third wing to be added at Arcola will be the school's largest, Bravo said.
NEWS
March 28, 2000 | By Kathryn Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A study of drinking and drug use by Methacton students suggests that those who use alcohol or smoke marijuana often do so not at school but after school, at night with friends, at parties, and at home. That makes it a community problem, Methacton School District officials said. Accordingly, they invited parents and residents to a town meeting last night for a realistic look at the substance abuse documented in an October survey of all students in the fifth through 12th grades.
NEWS
November 25, 1998 | By Angela Pomponio, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Borrowed time apparently is running out for the antiquated Burnside Elementary School as Norristown school board members voted, 5-3, last night to schedule a mandatory public hearing on whether to close the doors for good. Under state law, school boards must hold a public hearing at least 90 days before a final vote on closing any school. The hearing will be held Jan. 11. School Board President Murray Toas said closing the school and moving its nearly 200 students to six other schools would be the soundest financial decision for the district.
NEWS
May 15, 1997 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For about a month, a rumor in the Methacton School District has created worry for parents and put school board members on the offensive. The rumor has made its way into chatter at ball games and parties, small talk in supermarkets, and public comments at school board meetings. Some board members and parents blame politics and next week's primary election. The rumor: The school board plans to close the Eagleville Elementary School. "That is absolutely, categorically untrue," School Board President Jim Van Horn, who is up for reelection, said at the board's meeting Monday.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
THE MARPLE NEWTOWN SCHOOL superintendent was earning his salary. He stood behind the podium, a short man in a suit with his shoulders up near his ears, as if expecting something to be thrown at him. On this hot night in July, it had fallen to John F. Wingerter to make the pitch to the school board and the public for another tax increase, the 10th in as many years. This one was necessary, the superintendent told the 50 or so citizens before him, to preserve the district's fine reputation, to buy computers for classrooms, to maintain aging buildings, to keep teachers' paychecks competitive.
NEWS
April 17, 1996 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Once-empty desks are filled with keyboards, and knots of copper and rubber wires have been supplemented with fine bundles of fiber-optic cables. For Methacton School District students, the computer age is here. District computer experts are drafting a master plan to bring the district into the computer-age vanguard for the 21st century. Robert Holly, the district's director of technology, will present a report on the district's technology program at next Tuesday's board meeting.
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