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February 7, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham Township school board has dropped its plan to relocate two-thirds of its middle school students to Gratz College and will move them instead to sites in Cheltenham and Springfield Townships. The Montgomery County district has been scrambling since fall to find alternative classrooms for the 750 students at Cedarbrook Middle School, which is plagued by mold and expected to be uninhabitable by spring. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a plan to lease space in the old Pathmark building on Ivy Hill Road in Springfield Township, and at St. Joseph Parish on Waters Road in Cheltenham.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brooklawn School Superintendent John Kellmayer has a simple wish list for his crowded, one-building Camden County district: more space. Kellmayer hopes that he has made a strong-enough case to persuade voters Tuesday to approve a $1.9 million bond proposal to convert a nearby former Catholic church into a middle school. The district spends thousands of dollars annually to send its special-education students outside the district because it has no space. At Alice Costello Elementary School, a classroom is inside the gym. The art and music programs share a classroom, and music lessons are taught on the stage.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
STRAWBERRY MANSION RAP star Meek Mill , who was court-ordered to take etiquette classes to improve his behavior, has been such a prized pupil he wants to advance his knowledge of manners beyond the rudimentary please and thank you. According to TMZ.com, Meek was ordered to take the etiquette classes last year after violating his probation in his 2008 gun possession case. Meek's lawyer said the rapper passed his courses with flying colors and folded napkins - salad forks, soup spoons, door holding, etc. - and is now expert in dressing for success and social media communication.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM Cheltenham School District officials announced a plan Monday to close Cedarbrook Middle School as early as Jan. 27, splitting its 750 students among four other campuses in the township. The school board will vote Tuesday night on a contract with Gratz College to house half of Cedarbrook's students. The school is split into six teams, each with about 125 students. Two eighth-grade teams and one seventh-grade team will go to Gratz. One seventh-grade team will go to Elkins Park Elementary, and another to Cheltenham Elementary.
NEWS
October 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheltenham residents suggested Tuesday that the school district raze the township's moldy middle school and move Cedarbrook students to a new building. "My option would be to take down that building," Elizabeth "Betty" Cataldi said to applause at a packed public meeting at the district's administration building. Cataldi, 69, a former Cheltenham school board member, was one of nearly 100 people who listened to district officials mull over four potential contingency plans addressing the school's chronic mold issue.
NEWS
October 13, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham School District could abandon Cedarbrook Middle School as early as January because of mold, officials said Friday. By Monday, the problem will have closed 11 classrooms and the cafeteria at the school in Wyncote, where 700 students attend seventh and eighth grades. The district is considering four options to address the issue, three of which involve moving students to another location while a new school is built. The fourth option is to refurbish the 62-classroom school 10 rooms at a time.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hope has found a new home in North Philadelphia. Hope Partnership for Education, a private, nonprofit middle school, has moved from cramped rented space at a community center to a two-story building with room for the school and its students to grow. "I am overwhelmed by the idea that we have this space," said Sister Rose Martin, a Catholic nun and Hope's executive director and founder. "We are incredibly grateful to all the people who have invested in the dream that we have and care about the children.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
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