September 5, 2014 |
WHEN EMILY McCann, 15, walks into school Monday morning for the first time this fall, she isn't sure what to expect. "We already only had one secretary in the office last year, so I don't know if there will be one at all," said McCann, a sophomore at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. "The teachers are probably going to end up having to clean the bathrooms. " That uncertainty indicates how things have gone from bad to worse for the financially distressed district.
August 30, 2014 |
At the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, athletic officials say they care more about blocking head injuries than blocking free kicks. The private Main Line school on Thursday banned middle school soccer players from heading the ball - the first school in the nation to do so - and also said most high school athletes will wear sensors to measure both the frequency and intensity of blows to the head. "We've seen a growing trend of injuries in our students, severe head injuries," said athletic director Mark Duncan.
August 22, 2014 |
IN A SUMMER of gloom and doom, could there be some good news for the Philadelphia School District? The district delayed a vote last night on a policy that would eliminate TransPasses and tokens for 7,500 high-school students who live between 1 1/2 and 2 miles from school. Superintendent William Hite said the district is in talks with SEPTA and the city to resolve the issue. "We are working with several partners, and we think and are hopeful that we will have a solution to that and there's more to come, so stay tuned," Hite said during a School Reform Commission meeting.
July 18, 2014 |
"WISH I Was Here" is a Kickstarter comedy about a guy who needs a good swift kick-start in the rear. Zach Braff raised $3.5 million from online donors to fund the movie, the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff) - a jobless, rather shiftless young father who pursues his dream of being an actor thanks to the subsidy of his hardworking wife (Kate Hudson), as his disapproving dad (Mandy Patinkin) looks on. Braff's script describes a cutesy world in which one's own dreams, and the self-centered pursuit of them, are paramount.
June 27, 2014 |
Saying stricter federal nutrition guidelines are too much to swallow, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has decided to remove its 1,300 high school students from the program that is to go into effect next school year. In deciding last week that the students would not join the 31 million across the country who get free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, the district said its own food policies were healthy enough for its high schoolers. The district's middle school and four elementary schools will still participate.
May 2, 2014 |
NEARLY 200 parents turned out yesterday at a Nicetown elementary school for a vote that should determine whether it will remain a traditional public school or be run by a charter operator. Parents and guardians at Steel Elementary cast secret ballots in the school's foyer from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., as the School Advisory Council cast a separate vote. The League of Women Voters of Philadelphia served as an independent monitor and tallied the results, which are expected to be announced today by the school district.
April 27, 2014 |
CHESTER A vacant 1930s-era school is about to gain new life as an upscale apartment building in the City of Chester, according to a Chester Upland School District official. The Wetherill School, a classic stone building on East 24th Street, recently was sold at auction for $200,000 to Best Homes Co. of Glenolden, which plans to undertake the conversion, Chester Upland Solicitor Leo A. Hackett said Thursday. Two other vacant school district structures also have been auctioned. "That building is a fortress," he said, adding that the project would be a massive undertaking.
February 7, 2014 |
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.
January 29, 2014 |
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.
January 17, 2014 |
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.