September 12, 2013 |
A twist in a series of regional school construction projects came Tuesday night in the Neshaminy School District, where the school board announced that it would reexamine a contentious $50 million school consolidation plan because of concerns about its financial viability. The plan had run into impassioned opposition. It would have replaced three aging elementary schools with one new facility for about 1,200 students. Officials said the new building was a necessary investment because the old schools were draining district resources.
August 24, 2013 |
Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham is scheduled to open two weeks late, on Sept. 16, as crews continue to remove mold from the campus. The mold was discovered in some classrooms and hallways by maintenance crews in July, and remediation efforts are underway for the entire building, the district said in a letter Wednesday to parents, teachers and staff. An independent environmental auditor will have to certify air-quality levels before students and staff will be allowed to return, Superintendent Natalie Thomas said.
July 18, 2013 |
The sanctuary is gutted. The stained-glass windows, including two Tiffanys and two by Violet Oakley, are gone, safe in the arms of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The altar and reredos, carved from Caen stone in 1896 by a Germantown craftsman named William J. Grueler at a cost of $2,500 ($70,000 in 2013 dollars), sit almost unnoticed in the darkened sanctuary. Things might have been worse for the 140-year-old St. Peter's Episcopal Church, at Wayne Avenue and Harvey Street in Germantown, shuttered since April 2005, when its dwindling congregation found it impossible to keep up the four buildings and two-acre site.
July 11, 2013 |
COMMISSIONER Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and as many as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break for their roles in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug case, several sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines. " The question is the length of the suspensions. Sources said the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB's drug policy.
July 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is on to you. For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The new restrictions announced Thursday fill a gap in nutrition rules that allowed many students to load up on fat, sugar, and salt despite the guidelines for healthy meals. "Parents will no longer have to worry that their kids are using their lunch money to buy junk food and junk drinks at school," said Margo Wootan, a nutrition lobbyist for the Center for Science in the Public Interest who pushed for the new rules.
May 31, 2013 |
BEFORE The Roots hit the stage at Penn's Landing tomorrow for their sixth annual picnic, lead MC Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter will hit the pavement for the GrassROOTs Community Foundation's first Roots, Rock, RUN (a 3K) to support the health and wellness CHICKS programs for girls at Harding Middle School. "Our job is to cheer the girls on and to really support them," said foundation President Janice Johnson-Dias. The girls, age 12-14, will run with their teachers and parents outside their middle school.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
April 18, 2013 |
Two days before the School Reform Commission was scheduled to vote on closing Beeber Middle School, parent Katherine Stokes' phone rang. Beeber had been spared. Bowing to concerns about safety and a lack of choice for families, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. rescinded the recommendation Tuesday. Officials will instead work with the community to explore developing an arts academy to attract more students to the school. "We're just utilizing the recommendations that the community put forward," Hite said.
April 17, 2013 |
Two days before the School Reform Commission was scheduled to vote on closing Beeber Middle School, parent Katherine Stokes' phone rang. Beeber was spared, Stokes and others in the community said. It's been a roller-coaster ride for the school, which was not on the Philadelphia School District's initial closing list, but got put on a revised list, along with M.H. Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Officials informed the Beeber community Tuesday that it was being taken off the closing list.
April 6, 2013 |
Two schools spent Thursday morning in lockdown as a SWAT team descended on the city's Feltonville section in response to a fabricated story by four adolescent students who said they were victims of a gun incident, authorities said. The children, ages 10 through 13, students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, falsely accused a woman of pointing a "long gun" at them as they were walking to school, according to police. Authorities took the report seriously, letting no one in or out of the middle school or Barton Elementary, a kindergarten-through-second grade school on the same campus.