April 15, 2015 |
After school let out Monday, the first day of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, a half-dozen people - students, parents, and grandparents - picketed outside the Olney Transportation Center to protest the standardized tests. Standing on the medians at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, they held signs that read, "No PSSA for Me," and, "I Am Not a Score!!" They passed out forms for parents and guardians to sign and give to their children's principals to opt their children out of the tests.
November 1, 1991 |
When California educator Richard B. Shelton heard that the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County was looking for a new superintendent, he leaped to apply. But now that the school board has offered him a five-year contract with a starting annual salary of $99,900, he's backing off. Shelton, 54, said he knew Pennsbury as a fine place for learning when he taught in Trenton about 25 years ago. But in interviewing for the superintendent's job in recent weeks, he said, he was disappointed to find that the school board was in turmoil.
February 25, 2000 |
Mary E. Cunningham Hoffmeister, 83, a retired secretary who helped in the founding of Bucks County Community College, died Saturday at her home in Lower Makefield Township. For 13 years before her retirement, she was a secretary for the Pennsbury School District. She also had worked in sales for Mary Kay Cosmetics for 10 years and for the World Book Encyclopedia for 15. As a young woman, Mrs. Hoffmeister typed information for the news ticker, or "flashcast," that provided news headlines on an electronic board outside the former Evening Bulletin building on Market Street in Philadelphia.
July 5, 2013 |
Ruling in a case in which a jury awarded $14 million in damages to a Bucks County resident hurt in a school-bus accident, Commonwealth Court on Wednesday upheld a law that caps damages at $500,000 in suits against towns and school districts. Ashley Zauflik, now 23, lost her left leg after a Pennsbury School District bus ran over her in 2007. A jury issued the multimillion-dollar ruling in her favor in 2011. But in May 2012, Bucks County Court Judge Robert J. Mellon reduced the award to $500,000, based on the state liability cap for school districts and municipalities.
March 13, 1991 |
The young, well-dressed teacher sat patiently in the audience of about 200 parents and her peers, waiting for the public portion of the monthly Pennsbury School District meeting to arrive. When it finally did Monday night, Jodi Johnston approached the microphone to address the school board and the administrators in Bucks County school district. Armed with a letter signed by 184 tenured elementary school teachers, Johnston chastised the administrators for a lack of leadership, an unclear educational focus and poor communication with the district's 650-plus teachers.
May 7, 2014 |
Should local governments and school districts, unlike individual citizens and businesses, enjoy limited immunity from lawsuits? That is the question to be argued Tuesday before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg, where a prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs law firm is to square off against lawyers for the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County. A Bucks County Court jury slapped the district with a $14 million verdict in 2011 in the case of a former high school student run over by one of its buses.
November 7, 1991 |
Former Philadelphia superintendent of schools Matthew Costanzo was hired last night to run the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County. Costanzo, 68, returns to a job he had held from 1978 to 1980. More than 300 parents, teachers and residents rose in a standing ovation when the long-embattled Pennsbury School Board voted 6-2 to offer Costanzo the superintendent's job, effective in February, with a five-year contract at a starting salary of $100,000 and yearly increases of 3 percent.
December 12, 1996 |
Help wanted: A dynamic, community-minded individual willing to work several late nights per month without pay. Heated public discussions may occur between coworkers and often end up printed in the next day's newspaper. No benefits, stock options or 401(k) plan. It sounds like a tough job. Being a school board member isn't always glamorous. But it has not stopped five people in the Pennsbury School District from wanting to be considered for an opening on the nine-member board. On Tuesday night, the five candidates were reviewed by school board members.
February 6, 1994 |
Matthew Costanzo has been fighting the odds since childhood. But Costanzo, a former Philadelphia school superintendent, was in for the challenge of his career when he tackled the task of organizing the Pennsbury School District. Two years ago, after bucking a movement aimed at barring him from the superintendency, Costanzo, 70, took the job. It was familiar turf for Costanzo, who served as Pennsbury superintendent from 1978 to 1980. In his brief tenure, from 1992 to last week, he managed to erase a $15 million budget deficit and silence political foes.
April 14, 2012 |
A 14-year-old boy who has been bullied since second grade found himself lashing out and feared he would become a bully himself. A 14-year-old girl who was cyberbullied and then treated insensitively by police was driven to a drug overdose. And a couple in their 20s were targeted so viciously on Facebook by a former friend they're afraid to go online or outside their house. Each recently contacted the Peace Center in Langhorne for help. And now the nonprofit organization is launching a bullying resource and call center to help such targets of bullying as well as the bullies - plus their families, schools, and police.