December 9, 1990 |
The Delaware County Intermediate Unit has approved a trip by four of its members to the 1991 National School Boards Association convention in San Francisco in April. Board members Al Marland from Radnor, Kenneth Miller from Garnet Valley, Nancy Day from Southeast Delco and Linda Houldin from Marple Newtown have signed up for the trip, which is expected to cost about $1,200 each. "We believe that continuing education is part of being a school board director," said Donald Tonge, board member.
December 5, 1991 |
The City of Chester's school district sent the largest delegation in the nation to a recent four-day Las Vegas conference, organizers of the event said yesterday. Among the nine Chester-Upland School District representatives to the National School Boards Association's Nov. 13-17 seminars, which included sessions on how to cope with smaller budgets in a recession, were three board members whose terms expired Monday. Many large cities did not send any delegates, conference organizers said.
December 22, 1989 |
The Pennsauken school board last night narrowly approved a plan to bring a controversial television news program into middle and high school classrooms. Whittle Communications, a Tennessee company, offered the district about $50,000 in video equipment in exchange for permission to show its 12-minute daily program, which includes two minutes of advertising. The board voted 5-4 to accept the offer, subject to completion of contract talks with the company. Three teachers urged the board to reject the plan last night, including the president of the Pennsauken Education Association, Miriam Reichenbach, while about two other teachers and one high school student spoke for it. Whittle's program, called Channel One, has been opposed by most major educational organizations, including the National School Boards Association, the National Education Association and the National PTA. California, Washington and New York state education officials have reduced funding to schools using the program, or have banned it outright.
November 2, 1997 |
Amid controversy over the price of perks, the school board last month changed a policy that limited the number of board members who could attend national and state conventions. That means that all nine members will be eligible for the trips. The board, in an 8-1 vote, rescinded a two-year policy that limited the number of convention travelers to five, with the individuals selected largely on the basis of seniority. Board member Concetta Venuto said she voted to rescind the policy "to make it more equitable.
December 2, 1990 |
A former Neshaminy school board member would like future board motions involving expenditures to include at least an estimate of the amount of money involved. The board passed a motion at Thursday's meeting authorizing "the attendance of any board member at the annual conventions of the American Association of School Administrators in New Orleans . . . and the National School Boards Association in San Francisco" without mentioning any dollar figures. After the motion passed, 7-0, with Fred Herr abstaining, board treasurer Clement Piscitelli suggested that an estimated cost be included in future motions.
December 10, 1987 |
An invention to clean dirt off of shoes has won a $1,000 grant for the Upper Darby School District and a savings bond for the student inventor. Jimmy Sylvestri, who was in fifth grade at Highland Park Elementary School when he invented the shoe cleaner last year, took part in a science teaching project coordinated by faculty member Faith Mattison. Sylvestri, now in the sixth grade at Beverly Hills Elementary School, was congratulated by Superintendent Joseph P. Batory at the school board meeting Tuesday night.
March 24, 1989 |
Hispanic students have been increasingly segregated in public schools during the 1980s, while desegregation of blacks has remained relatively unchanged, the National School Boards Association reported yesterday. At both elementary and secondary schools, Hispanics are "becoming more segregated in nearly every part of the United States," the association's report said. "We need to look at the consequences of the steadily increasing isolation of Hispanic students, who have . . . the highest dropout rate in American schools," said Gary Orfield, a University of Chicago political science professor who is co-author of the report.
February 17, 1988 |
Six members of the Sterling Regional High School board and the school superintendent left Sunday for a nine-day trip to the Soviet Union that will cost the taxpayers about $8,400. School board officials say the trip is an opportunity for them to study the Soviet educational system and is a legitimate use of public-school funds, but Phil Smith, a spokesman for the National School Boards Association, says it isn't standard practice. "I do know it's done, but for the most part, they (board members)
March 1, 1999 |
School board members and city officials are again saddled with a question that has plagued them for five years: what to do with the vacant and rundown Scott School. Last week, the Coatesville Area School board voted, 5-4, to nullify an agreement of sale with the Coatesville Regional Development Corp. (CRDC), a nonprofit group of residents who wanted to turn the district-owned school into a technology center. "We're regrouping," board member Tom Lewis said. Since closing the school at Eighth Avenue and Olive Street in 1993, the board has tried to figure out what to do with it. Many in Coatesville attended the school or admire its architecture and oppose tearing it down.
April 3, 1996 |
The fiscally conservative Council Rock school board has taken its penny-pinching to a new level: The district will no longer pay for board members' travel to conferences. At least not for the rest of this budget year. Introduced by board member Bruce Stamm at Monday night's meeting, the move met a cool reception from four of Stamm's colleagues who felt educating the board was a worthwhile expense. After a long discussion, the motion passed, 5-4, an unusual vote for a group that has remained united since new members were seated in December.