May 12, 2016 |
The superintendent of the Central Bucks School District - one of the largest in Pennsylvania - abruptly was placed on administrative leave last week after complaining publicly of "irreconcilable differences" with the new school board majority. David Weitzel, who announced in October that he would retire at the end of June, had moved up his retirement date - twice - to Friday. But after he told the Doylestown Intelligencer of his issues with the new board in an article that appeared last Friday, he was ordered to clean out his office.
April 29, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney quietly appointed on Wednesday a new board of directors for Philadelphia Gas Works, whose first order of business may be to release information about its predecessors' decision to approve a controversial bonus plan for PGW senior executives. The nonprofit Philadelphia Facilities Management Corp. (PFMC), which acts as PGW's board of directors, faces a Friday deadline from the Philadelphia Gas Commission to respond to inquiries about the bonus plan. The Gas Commission, which approves PGW's budget, says it was unaware of the plan, which paid eight executives a total of $333,348 in bonuses in December.
June 20, 2015 |
A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected. Once the party is over, however, organizers will resume the tough slog of rebranding, raising money, and proving to the community that the center can be self-sustaining for years to come. "We have to get through this season, and we have to validate whether or not the community really wants these types of programs," said the Rev. Byron Craig, who leads the new board of directors, installed in October.
May 15, 2015 |
Eight corporate and civic leaders have joined H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner and publisher of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, to serve on a board of directors for the Philadelphia media company. Philadelphia Media Network L.L.C., the corporate parent of the news operations, announced the formation of the board Wednesday. Lenfest said the board would meet quarterly and provide him with guidance on the management of the company. The new members range from a former newspaper publisher to one of the region's leading philanthropists, from the Philadelphia founder of a top venture-capital fund to two leaders of prominent city law firms.
March 6, 2015 |
THE SCHOOL district's Charter School Office has laid down the law to charter operator ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania over the charter renewal of one of its schools, John B. Stetson. In a detailed letter dated Jan. 22 and obtained by the Daily News , the charter office seeks an immediate overhaul of Stetson's board of trustees, its business practices and its oversight of the school. The letter's author, Charter School Office operations coordinator Lauren Thum, lists 17 conditions that ASPIRA must satisfy before the office will recommend that the School Reform Commission extend Stetson's charter for one year.
April 27, 2014 |
What's in a name? To hear the American Board of Surgery tell it, quite a lot. It recently won a $174,000 judgment in federal court against something called the American Board of General Surgery. In a lawsuit filed in 2010, the American Board of Surgery said the American Board of General Surgery wasn't a medical board at all, but a sham created by a Las Vegas man with a history of selling bogus medical certificates to physicians. Boards award certifications to doctors for showing expertise in a particular specialty.
March 13, 2014
WE ONCE called the Board of Revision of Taxes flesh-eating zombies. That was back in 2010, when the BRT filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court challenging the city's ability to abolish it, prompted by decades of patronage, mismanagement and arbitrary property assessments. The city, with the support of voters, split the BRT into two, separating its property-assessment function from its appeals function. When the city tried to gain control of the appeals function, the BRT balked, and the court backed them.
February 23, 2014 |
CAMDEN A new governing body for Rutgers-Camden, in its first meeting Friday, took a series of quick administrative actions, including appointing two members to a board that has eminent domain power in the city. Though it is still two gubernatorial appointments short, the board voted to fill positions on a joint panel with Rowan University that is expected to oversee the development of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden. "The [Rutgers] board wanted to get started, Rutgers wanted to get started, I wanted to get started.
January 30, 2014 |
Lauren DeBruicker knows some people look at her and see her wheelchair first. They see the metal seat as a negative, something holding her back. She's wheelchair-bound , as the cliche goes. That's ridiculous, she said. " Bound . Like I've been tied to it by pirates or something," DeBruicker scoffed during a recent interview in her office at the city law firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., where she is a partner. More than 20 years after she lost the use of her legs and some of the movement in her arms, DeBruicker, 41, has a full, rewarding life and she wants other people to know it. She'll spread that message as an ambassador for Inglis, the nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live independently while providing 24-hour care to those who desire it. "There's a perception that people with disabilities don't work, don't play, don't have any fun," she said.