October 4, 1992 |
Before the recession put a stranglehold on the economy at the end of 1990, Bucks County Community College officials had visions of a $5 million satellite campus in Bristol Borough. They even had a $700,000 gift of property from the Grundy Foundation to start with. Now they have neither. Saddled with a $1 million budget deficit, the college administration has reluctantly decided to return the land deed to the nonprofit charitable group, said Lisa Schmidt, college spokeswoman.
April 2, 1992 |
Bucks County Community College officials have announced that the terms of a $700,000 land gift, earmarked for a satellite campus, are still negotiable. The college had been expected to begin construction on the campus by 1993, a deadline it said had been imposed by the Grundy Foundation, which donated the land. At the college's board meeting last week, however, Chairman Blake Eisenhart said that BCCC officials recently had met with Grundy officials to explain that a lack of funds had forced the college to delay plans for the satellite campus, on Beaver Street in Bristol Borough.
March 5, 1992 |
Bucks County Community College officials have delayed plans to build a $5 million satellite campus in Bristol Borough on land donated by the Grundy Foundation. BCCC's interim president, Charles Rollins, announced last Thursday that proposed state funding cuts aimed at public and private colleges would hamper BCCC's efforts to take advantage of the Grundy Foundation's $700,000 land gift. Rollins explained, after a closed board of trustees meeting, that BCCC did not have the money to begin building the campus in time to meet the foundation's June 1993 deadline.
February 16, 1992 |
Montgomery County's long-awaited feasibility study on real estate reassessment is expected to be ready in about four weeks, according to a county official. Commissioners Chairman Mario Mele said Thursday that he had been assured by Bert Goodman, chairman of the Board of Assessment, that the report would be completed by the middle of March. It has been more than a year since Goodman was first directed to undertake the study. The real estate assesssment is based on the actual market value of a property.
April 12, 1991 |
West Chester University President Kenneth L. Perrin, whose eight-year term began with the college in turmoil, resigned yesterday for a job in Washington. Perrin said the university is on firm financial ground, the ambience on campus has improved, a satellite campus is open and enrollment of minority students is up. "I think I've accomplished what I set out to do here in 1983," he said. "I think it's the right time to leave. " Eyes grew moist and looks of disbelief spread over the faces of the students, staff and faculty as Perrin announced he would leave soon to head the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.
September 23, 1990 |
In August, Carmine De Sopo learned he had just 30 days to launch the Burlington County Special Services School District's first satellite campus. A challenge, but not an impossibility, for a superintendent who once turned an old gas station into an auto mechanics classroom so that mentally retarded students could get hands-on experience in fixing cars. "I don't think I've had a chance to eat lunch yet because there's so much to do and the prospects here are so exciting," De Sopo said last week as he waved a hand in the direction of students busy trimming shrubs at the Sunrise Day Camp in Medford.
July 1, 1990 |
Motions to raise tuition by 11 percent and to accept a gift of land for a satellite campus in Bristol Borough were approved last week by the Bucks County Community College Board of Trustees. The tuition increase, from $45 to $50 per credit hour, will take effect for classes starting in September. The increase was necessary to offset a growing deficit caused by a cap on state financing, college officials said. Until last year, the state financed the college in proportion to its enrollment.
January 18, 1990 |
When all was said and done regarding the proposal to turn the empty Ardmore Junior High School into an education/cultural center, silence prevailed. The Lower Merion Board of School Directors, after another presentation by Citizens to Save Ardmore Junior High, went mum Monday night when it came to making a motion that the proposal be explored. Ardmore Junior High, which was built in 1923 and has been designated as historically significant, was closed in 1978 along with four other schools because of declining enrollments.
December 21, 1989 |
The board of trustees of Montgomery County Community College has approved a plan for a satellite campus in the rapidly growing Pottstown area as part of the school's first major expansion since it opened its Blue Bell campus 25 years ago. In response to the findings of a three-month, $2,850 survey, the board has designated the booming western part of the county as the best location for a satellite camp-us. The campus, which is to open next fall, will offer day and evening classes and have laboratories and computer facilities.
October 8, 1989 |
The Bucks County Community College will undergo a large expansion and restoration over the next three years that will give the Newtown school permanent campuses in Bristol Borough and Upper Bucks County for the first time. President William Vincent said the school was preparing to sell as much as $18 million in bonds to build the two satellite sites and to renovate and expand classrooms on the Newtown campus. Last week, the county commissioners smoothed the way for the college's bond issue by formally extending the college's financing for 30 more years.