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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.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Mary Clare Jalonick and Connie Cass, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY SOFIYA BALLIN, Daily News Staff Writer ballins@phillynews.com, 215-854-5902
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.
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