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April 14, 2016
The Neshaminy school board voted to close two elementary schools Tuesday night as part of a consolidation plan, despite a yearlong campaign by parents at one of the schools to keep it open. At a special meeting that lasted close to two hours, the board voted, 9-0, to close the Lower Southampton School in Feasterville and, 5-4, to close Oliver Heckman School in Langhorne at the end of the year. Heckman parents had argued that the closing would leave the north end of the district, one of the state's largest with 9,000 students, without a grade school.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week's strike by the 654-member Neshaminy Federation of Teachers could stretch until Feb. 2, which would extend the school year by more than two weeks, the state Department of Education has determined. Union spokesman Bob Schiers declined Thursday to say when the teachers would return to work. "We've received the state's notification and opinions," he said, "and we're aware of those dates. " The Education Department presented two dates - Jan. 20 and Feb. 2 - for the teachers to return to work and comply with state Act 88, which guarantees 180 days of classes by June 30, District Superintendent Louis Muenker said.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Grace Toohey and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region's highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn't want: another tax hike. The William Penn School District insists it has squeezed every nickel to keep the increase on her tax bill at just under 2 percent. For Roadcloud, that means a $58 bump next year, to $3,091 for a Lansdowne home valued around $70,000. "People don't mind paying for something if they're getting something in return," said Roadcloud, whose son is a sophomore at Penn Wood High School.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph E. Ferderbar, 57, recently retired superintendent of the Neshaminy School District, died Thursday of a heart attack. Dr. Ferderbar, a resident of Langhorne, served as superintendent of the school district for 16 years. A native of Fair Oaks, Pa., Dr. Ferderbar graduated from Slippery Rock State College and received his master's and doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher in Leet Township.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Neshaminy School District teachers will continue their strike this week but will return to classrooms Friday, union president Louise Boyd said at a "We are not alone" rally Monday at Core Creek Park. About 400 members and supporters of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers heard speeches of encouragement by leaders past and present and representatives of other unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, AFSCME, and the Teamsters.
SPORTS
October 17, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neshaminy School District officials are looking into an allegation that longtime football coach Mark Schmidt acted inappropriately toward a player during Friday night's game against visiting Council Rock South. Schmidt grabbed a player during the second half, said one person who attended the game and asked to remain anonymous. "I can confirm to you that district officials are aware of an alleged incident that took place in last week's football game involving a Neshaminy player and a member of our coaching staff," school board president Ritchie Webb said Tuesday, reading from a prepared statement.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | By Marguerite P. Jones, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence will hold its 11th annual Lead-On Youth leadership conference at Bucks County Community College on Tuesday. The all-day conference will encourage students to get involved in preventing abuse of alcohol and other drugs. More than 460 students from 42 schools and organizations will participate. The conference, for sixth to 12th graders and their advisers, will offer more than 30 workshops on drugs and alcohol, violence, health issues, relationships, and eating disorders.
NEWS
May 17, 1992 | By Marguerite P. Jones, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
More than 100 Neshaminy School District teachers, parents and support staff will be honored tomorrow night as part of the Gift of Time Tribute. The ceremony, which will take place at the Holiday Inn in Trevose, is sponsored by the American Family Institute at Valley Forge, a nonprofit organization. The Gift of Time Tribute honors those who make a difference in the lives of children, said Anthony P. Witham, president of the organization. "The purpose is to show how the little differences are really big differences," he said.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Grace Toohey and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region's highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn't want: another tax hike. The William Penn School District insists it has squeezed every nickel to keep the increase on her tax bill at just under 2 percent. For Roadcloud, that means a $58 bump next year, to $3,091 for a Lansdowne home valued around $70,000. "People don't mind paying for something if they're getting something in return," said Roadcloud, whose son is a sophomore at Penn Wood High School.
NEWS
April 14, 2016
The Neshaminy school board voted to close two elementary schools Tuesday night as part of a consolidation plan, despite a yearlong campaign by parents at one of the schools to keep it open. At a special meeting that lasted close to two hours, the board voted, 9-0, to close the Lower Southampton School in Feasterville and, 5-4, to close Oliver Heckman School in Langhorne at the end of the year. Heckman parents had argued that the closing would leave the north end of the district, one of the state's largest with 9,000 students, without a grade school.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
Parents and their allies fighting to keep open an elementary school in the Neshaminy School District in the midst of a contentious consolidation plan staged a protest Monday night that they say was aimed primarily at a crucial swing voter on the school board. Marty Sullivan, elected in November, has two children at Oliver Heckman Elementary School and says he is undecided about its fate, though he promised in the primary to fight the closing. "We know who our swing vote is, and we're pushing it hard," said Janice Lewis, the parent of a kindergartner and a fourth grader at the 400-student Bucks County school and a parent-teacher organization board member.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
The Bucks County district attorney recommended Wednesday that Neshaminy High School basketball coach Jerry Devine be charged with harassment - a summary offense - for knocking a referee to the floor during a game last week. The offense carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a fine of $300. Efforts to reach Devine were unsuccessful. "There was aggressive physical contact," District Attorney David Heckler said at a news conference. A widely circulated video from the incident appeared to show Devine head-butting the referee after a charging call against a Neshaminy player in the final seconds of his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | BY EMILY BABAY, Staff Writer
A NESHAMINY High School teacher and coach who had been on leave since an alleged head-butting incident during a basketball game this month has returned to the classroom, the Neshaminy School District said in a statement yesterday. Jerry Devine had been on administrative leave after video surfaced of him evidently head-butting a referee during his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School. Devine, who teaches history and algebra, is in his 15th year at Neshaminy, according to his biography on the school's website.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
A Neshaminy High School teacher and coach who had been on leave since a head-butting incident during a basketball game earlier this month has returned to the classroom. Jerry Devine is resuming his teaching position, effective immediately, the Neshaminy School District said in a statement Tuesday. Devine had been on administrative leave after video surfaced of him apparently head-butting a referee during his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School. The special-education instructor teaches history and algebra.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Neshaminy High School teacher and coach who had been on leave since an alleged head-butting incident during a basketball game this month has returned to the classroom, the Neshaminy School District said in a statement Tuesday. Jerry Devine had been on administrative leave after video surfaced of him evidently head-butting a referee during his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School. Devine, who teaches history and algebra, is in his 15th year at Neshaminy, according to his biography on the school's website.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITERS
Neshaminy High School basketball coach Jerry Devine has been placed on leave both as coach and a teacher, and faces possible disciplinary action, after allegedly head-butting a referee, knocking him to the floor, during a game Tuesday night. "I have viewed the video a few times, and I believe there will be a prosecution," David Heckler, the Bucks County district attorney, said Wednesday afternoon. "I think a coach has a very high level of responsibility to teach and lead kids. This teaches every wrong lesson you can think about.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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