July 8, 2015 |
As an administrator for the Washington Township School District, Susan Rodgers Reintzel "was really effective at being a calming presence," said Jan Giel, the student information manager there. Mrs. Reintzel was Washington Township's director of secondary education from May 2001, and then its director of student services and community outreach from January 2003 to her retirement in 2007. "She was tremendously calm and reasonable with parents," Giel said, especially in "volatile situations.
June 1, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. To make sure you know where we are, this is the Middletown with several Levittown neighborhoods in its southern half. The portion of the township that has Langhorne as its mailing address is home to Oxford Valley Mall and Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, et al, at Sesame Place. Middletown Township, Bucks County, as opposed to the Middletown Township in Delaware County. This Middletown "is an interesting township for real estate," says Martin Millner, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside in neighboring Yardley.
December 9, 2014 |
Even the Christmas season evidently can't bring peace on Earth to the contentious Neshaminy School District, where a bitter labor dispute with the teachers' union dragged on for five years, and an uproar over the high school's Redskins mascot and student journalists' free speech made national headlines. Now, the school board is being accused of trying to ram through a controversial consolidation plan - even of stifling parental consent by scheduling a hearing for the same time as their children's holiday concerts.
November 2, 2014 |
It was Neshaminy's final home football game of the season, and that made Friday night's battle against rival Pennsbury the team's senior night. The players entered Harry E. Franks Stadium by sprinting through a "senior night" banner. They escorted their parents onto the field, walking under an arch of blue and red balloons. The marching band did the same. The cheerleaders, too. Absent from the pageantry - which preceded a 17-3 loss in a Suburban One National game - were some of Neshaminy's key players.
September 19, 2014 |
News travels fast. A day after word surfaced that the faculty adviser of Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days during a long-running dispute about use of the word Redskin , student journalists in California launched an online campaign to cover the salary she will lose on suspension. Their webpage, titled "Free the Playwickian," also seeks to raise the $1,200 the Neshaminy School District cut from the student newspaper's activity fund. Both actions, and the decision to strip the editor in chief of her title for a month, were apparent punishments for the newspaper's decision to reject for its June edition an op-ed piece containing Redskin . The fund-raising effort, unknown to Neshaminy students until they were told by The Inquirer, demonstrates how far the debate over the school's team nickname, which a number of American Indians find offensive, has resonated beyond the Bucks County school.
June 30, 2014 |
Growing up in Washington, we worshiped the football team, partly because baseball's Senators had gone and moved to Texas, of all places, but mostly because D.C. is more of a football sort of place. The sport, like politics, is nasty, expensive, and quick to adopt rules that defy logic. We warbled "Hail to the Redskins," donned burgundy-and-gold shirts (unflattering to all), the whole business, even though my father was a civil rights attorney who defended Native Americans in the 1972 takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building to demand improved treaties and living standards.
June 26, 2014 |
Better. But still not good enough. That's how Gillian McGoldrick, editor-in-chief of Neshaminy High School's Playwickian, views the revised newspaper policy that the Neshaminy School District's policy committee endorsed Tuesday evening. The committee will recommend it to the full board Thursday. Committee members discussed the revised policy - which took into account suggestions from student editors - and heard comment from students, parents, and residents. The revised policy does not budge on administrators' right to review the paper prior to publication, but it did concede to students' requests in differentiating between news articles and editorials.
February 26, 2014 |
After a successful 19-year stint, Mark Schmidt has stepped down as Neshaminy High's head football coach. "I thought it was the right time to move on," Schmidt, 53, said. "I've been thinking about this for a year or two. You don't want to wear out your welcome. This gives someone else a chance to take over and keep things going in the right direction. " Schmidt, who guided the Redskins to a 161-66 record (.709 winning percentage) and won three PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championships, submitted his letter of resignation Monday to Neshaminy School District officials and also spoke to his players.
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.
May 31, 2013 |
At the start of the holiday weekend, Anne Schmidt suddenly felt sick to her stomach - and she couldn't have been happier about it. Schmidt, vice president of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers - whose members have spent five years working without a new contract from the Neshaminy School District - has been through many a tough negotiation. And after 28 years as a teacher, she said, she knows exactly what it feels like when a deal is about to be reached. "I told our leadership group that in the end, you're going to feel a little sick, worrying about whether or not you missed something," she said, laughing.