December 18, 1994 |
A state audit of the school district's budget for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 school years was almost spotless. Cheltenham Superintendent Charles F. Stefanski said he was not surprised that all financial figures were in place. "We put a lot of work into making sure things run very smoothly," he said. "I expected it to be pretty clean. " Tracy Smith, a spokeswoman for state Auditor General Barbara Hafer, said every school district in the state has a standard audit every two years.
April 4, 2000 |
A Montgomery County judge has reconsidered an order that said a formerly all-boys school had to pay more than two years' back taxes because it did not admit girls. The decision by Judge Richard S. Lowe means the tax-exempt Hill School and the Pottstown School District will reargue their cases on May 8. Participants in a meeting yesterday with Lowe said no new substantive arguments were made before the judge decided to vacate his March 20 order. Lowe, who never explained that earlier order, also did not state publicly why he was willing to reconsider.
May 9, 2000 |
Attorneys for the prestigious Hill School and the Pottstown School District gathered before a Montgomery County Court judge yesterday to argue their cases for and against tax-exempt status for the boarding school for the roughly two-year period before Hill began admitting girls in 1998. The Pottstown district contends that the private school discriminated on the basis of sex before September 1998 and, therefore, violated one of the state's definitions of a purely public charity.
May 20, 2005 |
Throughout its 250-year history, Pottstown has been a town of churches. Many of them are magnificent historic structures of stone and brick dating back a century or more, giving our town its unique character and identity. Fifty years ago, these churches were thriving community centers that built spacious social halls and classrooms to accommodate growing Sunday school enrollments. More recently, however, as Pottstown congregations have aged and downsized with the middle-class migration to the suburbs, many of these spaces have become underused and difficult to maintain.
June 6, 2000 |
A Montgomery County Court judge ruled yesterday that the Hill School was not liable for roughly two years' worth of property taxes the Pottstown School District had argued it was due because the private school admitted only boys. In his decision, Senior Judge Richard S. Lowe said that even though the prestigious school admitted no girls until September 1998, it did meet a state requirement that tax-exempt properties belong to "purely public charities. " "The Hill School is extremely pleased that Judge Lowe has ruled in its favor," said Paul Bartle, a former county commissioner serving as an attorney for the Hill School.
December 24, 2012 |
A Navy Seal commander and a Pottstown native died Saturday in southern Afghanistan of noncombat-related injuries. An unidentified U.S. military official told the Associated Press that the death of Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, appeared to be suicide. His death is under investigation. "The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate," said Capt. Robert Smith, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO. The highly decorated Price was stationed at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., and was part of "stability operations" in Afghanistan.
March 21, 2000 |
A Montgomery County Court judge has ruled that the Hill School was not tax-exempt before it began admitting girls in 1998. Officials at the prestigious boarding school vowed yesterday to appeal the ruling, which would make Hill liable for two years' worth of property taxes to the Pottstown School District. District officials had challenged the private school's tax status in May 1996, citing sex bias. If the ruling stands, the school will have to pay taxes dating from the 1996 challenge to Sept.
August 2, 2000 |
Officials of the Pottstown School District are grousing over the almost $185,000 they will have to pay for the education of 41 students at a new charter school near Phoenixville. And that amount could grow if it is determined that Pottstown is responsible for busing 32 of those students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, to Renaissance-Academy Edison Charter School when it opens Sept. 5. "We're just getting our feet wet on this issue, but it could be a nightmare," said Jim Bush, the district's business manager.
September 24, 1989 |
A panel of Montgomery County educators is awaiting the results of a study that will examine the possibility of reviving vocational-technical education programs. The study is designed come up with a plan linking courses at the county's five vo-tech schools with the liberal arts courses and other services available at Montgomery County Community College, said G. Ernest Cronan, MCCC's vice president and dean of academic affairs. The plan could lead to additional associate degree programs being offered at MCCC in applied science or technical studies, based on the programs offered at the vo-tech schools, Cronan said.
June 24, 2009 |
The Owen J. Roberts school board on Monday unexpectedly fired its superintendent, Myra Forrest, who sat silently at the meeting while stunned residents spoke glowingly of her. After giving out several student awards, Board President Edward Kerner made a motion to terminate Forrest without cause. Forrest was hired four years ago and had one year left on her contract. The motion set off a stream of board members, administrators, and parents praising Forrest's accomplishments, noting that she had raised test scores as well as the morale of staff in the nearly 5,000-student district in northern Chester County.