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August 3, 1996 | By Bill Ordine, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer correspondent Christian Davenport contributed to this article
The former treasurer of Ithan Elementary School's parent-teacher organization was arrested yesterday and charged with embezzling more than $54,000 of the group's money. Delaware County detectives arrested Elaine Sauerteig, 33, of Rosemont, and charged her with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failing to make the required disposition of funds received. According to an affidavit supporting the arrest, Sauerteig controlled the organization's checking account beginning in August 1995 and wrote approximately 109 unauthorized checks between September 1995 and May 1996 that amounted to $54,733.
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September 22, 1988 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
Classes for students at the Thomas Fitzwater Elementary Schools will be a breeze on hot days because of a gift of wall fans from the school's Parent Teacher Organization. On Monday night, the Upper Dublin school board voted, 7-1, with board member Edward Barnes dissenting, to award a $8,157 bid to William Thome Inc. of Horsham for the 52 air circulators, or fans, for the school's 26 classrooms. The PTO donated the money to the district for the purchase of the fans as "extras" for the students, said PTO president Kathy Vogel.
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October 14, 2012
READING - The president of a Reading School District parent-teacher organization stepped down Friday after school officials learned he is a registered sex offender. Gerson Rivera had led the PTO at Tyson-Schoener Elementary School since the start of the academic year, the district said. The online registry indicates Rivera was convicted in 2003 of possessing obscene materials in another state. He has been registered since 2004. Officials learned of Rivera's status last week, district spokeswoman Kristin Boyd said.
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April 29, 1987 | By Marie George, Special to The Inquirer
The Oak Knoll School Parent-Teacher Organization last night resumed scheduling the dances it sponsors for teenagers at the Pfeiffer Community Center after agreeing to obtain a dance permit from Monroe Township's parks and recreation committee. Last night's meeting was called between the committee and the organization after the committee canceled the dances in March. The dances had been held monthly since January 1986 and are attended by about 200 teenagers. Patricia Speeney, director of the committee, said in a report submitted to the council April 5 that, under the township's dance code, an organization holding a dance on township property must apply yearly for a dance permit and two security officers must be present at each dance.
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October 24, 1995 | By Justin Pritchard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Parents at Manoa Elementary School, concerned that their children might be isolated and at risk if they are placed in temporary trailer-classrooms separated from the main school building, appear satisfied by the school's decision to connect the trailers with a device that can send an emergency signal to the main office. Their concern was made public Thursday night during a school board meeting at which several members of the school's Parent Teacher Organization expressed fears that in an emergency, valuable time might be lost if a teacher could not contact administrators immediately.
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July 26, 1996 | By Christian Davenport, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delaware County's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating allegations that more than $50,000 was embezzled from Ithan Elementary School's parent teacher organization, authorities said. A letter, signed by PTO presidents Laura Botte and Beverly Galloway and sent Wednesday to Ithan parents, stated that in mid-June "it was discovered that the PTO account was overdrawn. Since this information contradicted our records, an investigation and audit was initiated. " That investigation "revealed that over $50,000 had been misappropriated," the letter said.
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April 17, 1996 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Graffiti that school officials described as "anti-Semitic" was found last week in a boys' bathroom at Cedarbrook Middle School. No one has been caught yet, but sources within the school say that the children responsible are part of a group of children who aspire to be skinheads. Cedarbrook principal Joseph Cifelli said that there had been no hard evidence identifying the vandals and that no one had admitted to the act. He would not say what had been scrawled on the wall, but he dismissed rumors that the slur called for the death of African Americans, Asians and Jews.
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November 5, 2011
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is conducting a forensic investigation on financial records from the parent-teacher organization at Radnor Elementary School, officials said Friday. In 2009, Radnor police were approached about an alleged theft of about $40,000. The department contacted the District Attorney's Office, according to Radnor police Sgt. Andrew Block. According to Nick Caniglia, the PTO's attorney, cash and checks from a fund-raising event allegedly were not deposited into the group's account by the person charged with the task.
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April 15, 1996 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To help roughly 300 children adjust to new surroundings, a series of transition programs has been launched for families that will be affected by the elementary school redistricting in September. Already, youngsters at all four elementary schools are corresponding with one another. And tonight, each school will hold a welcome dinner from 6:15 to 8 p.m. for the incoming families. The dinners will be repeated next Monday at all the schools except Cheltenham Elementary. "The whole purpose is for the children, so they won't feel like they're walking into the unknown come September.
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March 7, 1991 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
A survey of Council Rock parents has found a widespread need for before- and after-school care for elementary school children, according to the district's Parent Teacher Organization. At the Board of Education meeting Monday, PTO representatives urged the board to establish a district-run day-care program. "Public education has a responsibility to meet the needs of its community," said Neil Kogen of the PTO's advisory board. The survey of district parents found that 707 elementary school children are in need of care before or after school, or both.
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October 14, 2012
READING - The president of a Reading School District parent-teacher organization stepped down Friday after school officials learned he is a registered sex offender. Gerson Rivera had led the PTO at Tyson-Schoener Elementary School since the start of the academic year, the district said. The online registry indicates Rivera was convicted in 2003 of possessing obscene materials in another state. He has been registered since 2004. Officials learned of Rivera's status last week, district spokeswoman Kristin Boyd said.
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November 5, 2011
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is conducting a forensic investigation on financial records from the parent-teacher organization at Radnor Elementary School, officials said Friday. In 2009, Radnor police were approached about an alleged theft of about $40,000. The department contacted the District Attorney's Office, according to Radnor police Sgt. Andrew Block. According to Nick Caniglia, the PTO's attorney, cash and checks from a fund-raising event allegedly were not deposited into the group's account by the person charged with the task.
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January 9, 2000 | By Michelle M. Martinez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Therese West's oldest child, Nathan, started kindergarten, she traded in her job as a pediatrician for a position as a full-time mother. These days, the 41-year-old West, a dedicated Parent-Teacher Organization member at Chadds Ford Elementary School, can be found coordinating a hands-on science program and teaching children to recognize birds and their calls. "I work way harder now," said West, who worked at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia before quitting in 1995 to spend time with her children.
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November 20, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bristol Township mother and her now-estranged husband were placed on probation in Bucks County Court yesterday in connection with the disappearance of $19,200 from the Parent Teacher Organization at the Neil Armstrong Middle School. Donna Sherman, former president and treasurer of the PTO, received probation for three years after pleading guilty to a number of misdemeanors related to the theft. Her husband, Donald, pleaded guilty to the theft itself, acknowledging that he wrote 17 checks to himself between January 1995 and October 1996 and forged his wife's name.
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November 1, 1996 | By Jennifer Inez Ward, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The barren grassy area that sits behind Lower Southampton Elementary School will soon become the site of a new futuristic-looking playground. Come tomorrow morning, about 20 parents and a group of children will build new slides, ramps and a volleyball site to form an active playground for the school. The area will be known as Tiger's Lair and is being built after an intensive seven-month fund-raising drive of a local Parent-Teacher Organization. The PTO said it raised $24,000 through donations and fund-raising programs to build the new playground, which will take up an area about the size of a Pee Wee League baseball diamond.
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August 3, 1996 | By Bill Ordine, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer correspondent Christian Davenport contributed to this article
The former treasurer of Ithan Elementary School's parent-teacher organization was arrested yesterday and charged with embezzling more than $54,000 of the group's money. Delaware County detectives arrested Elaine Sauerteig, 33, of Rosemont, and charged her with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failing to make the required disposition of funds received. According to an affidavit supporting the arrest, Sauerteig controlled the organization's checking account beginning in August 1995 and wrote approximately 109 unauthorized checks between September 1995 and May 1996 that amounted to $54,733.
NEWS
July 26, 1996 | By Christian Davenport, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delaware County's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating allegations that more than $50,000 was embezzled from Ithan Elementary School's parent teacher organization, authorities said. A letter, signed by PTO presidents Laura Botte and Beverly Galloway and sent Wednesday to Ithan parents, stated that in mid-June "it was discovered that the PTO account was overdrawn. Since this information contradicted our records, an investigation and audit was initiated. " That investigation "revealed that over $50,000 had been misappropriated," the letter said.
NEWS
April 17, 1996 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Graffiti that school officials described as "anti-Semitic" was found last week in a boys' bathroom at Cedarbrook Middle School. No one has been caught yet, but sources within the school say that the children responsible are part of a group of children who aspire to be skinheads. Cedarbrook principal Joseph Cifelli said that there had been no hard evidence identifying the vandals and that no one had admitted to the act. He would not say what had been scrawled on the wall, but he dismissed rumors that the slur called for the death of African Americans, Asians and Jews.
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April 15, 1996 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To help roughly 300 children adjust to new surroundings, a series of transition programs has been launched for families that will be affected by the elementary school redistricting in September. Already, youngsters at all four elementary schools are corresponding with one another. And tonight, each school will hold a welcome dinner from 6:15 to 8 p.m. for the incoming families. The dinners will be repeated next Monday at all the schools except Cheltenham Elementary. "The whole purpose is for the children, so they won't feel like they're walking into the unknown come September.
NEWS
October 24, 1995 | By Justin Pritchard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Parents at Manoa Elementary School, concerned that their children might be isolated and at risk if they are placed in temporary trailer-classrooms separated from the main school building, appear satisfied by the school's decision to connect the trailers with a device that can send an emergency signal to the main office. Their concern was made public Thursday night during a school board meeting at which several members of the school's Parent Teacher Organization expressed fears that in an emergency, valuable time might be lost if a teacher could not contact administrators immediately.
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