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August 23, 1990 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Interboro School District teachers and school board members have reached a tenative contract agreement and expect to hold ratification votes next week. But at three other area school districts - William Penn, Penn Delco and Southeast Delco - negotiations continue as the scheduled opening day of schools draws closer. The threat of a strike and the long-term damage it can cause was on the minds of Interboro school board members as they negotiated with the teachers. "The Garnet Valley strike loomed over our decision process," said John Costello, Interboro school board president.
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November 7, 1991 | By Edward Ohlbaum, Special to The Inquirer
David P. Blatt, the Council Rock School District's assistant superintendent since 1987 and former principal of Council Rock High School, was tapped Monday night as the district's chief administrator, replacing veteran Superintendent John J. Byrne. In an unscheduled agenda item, the board approved a three-year contract for Blatt, with a starting salary of $92,000. The board quickly voted, 9-0, on a motion by Harold G. Osborne to hire Blatt, "effective immediately upon the absence of Superintendent Byrne.
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May 18, 2011 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer for a Bensalem school board member arrested after police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in her bedroom says that the drugs were not hers and that she expected to be vindicated. Sherri Underland "had no knowledge" of the drugs in her house, lawyer Keith Bidlingmaier said Tuesday. If the evidence shows otherwise, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said, he will press Underland to resign. "To the extent that we would be negotiating any kind of disposition, certainly that would be something we would look for," Heckler said.
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June 6, 1997 | By Stephanie Brenowitz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Suspended school board member Andrew McIlvaine will be reinstated Monday after he completes a mandatory orientation this weekend, board president Keith Herman said. McIlvaine was temporarily removed from the board last week after the state education commissioner suspended him for missing the training, a violation of a statutory requirement for new school board members. "I think that was a reasonable decision, given the offense," said McIlvaine, who was elected in April. "I take this very seriously, and I respect the process.
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June 8, 1989 | By Christine Hausman, Special to The Inquirer
The Lower Moreland school board awarded bids for its trash removal and renovations of the middle school at its meeting Tuesday night. The middle school is being renovated to accommodate grades three through six. It now houses grades five through eight. Superintendent Robert W. Pellicone said tables and countertops would be lowered, an additional elementary administration suite would be built and minor renovations would be done to a lavatory. A bid of $12,185 for general construction was awarded to William Kern & Sons of Rockledge.
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August 23, 1987 | By Lillian Micko, Special to The Inquirer
The Cherry Hill school board has set Oct. 2 as the deadline for applications to fill the seat of board member John Wydra, who recently resigned, citing career demands. The resignation of Wydra, a board member since 1985, was announced Aug. 10 and will take effect Sept. 1. The board, which will appoint a replacement to serve until the expiration of Wydra's term in April, asked Monday that applications and resumes be sent to Assistant Superintendent Joseph Picogna at the Heritage School Administration Building on Browning Lane.
NEWS
December 3, 1999
A new era is coming in the governance of Philadelphia schools, now that a City Charter change approved last month gives the mayor more direct control over the school board. The likely election of lawyer Pedro Ramos as president of the city's Board of Education bodes well for that new era. It's clear Mr. Ramos, who joined the board in 1995, has the blessing of Mayor-elect John Street. Mr. Ramos, 34, knows what it takes to make it through the public schools. He is a guy who came from the North Philadelphia streets to end up at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, a top-end, politically connected law firm.
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March 25, 1986 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
The Willingboro Board of Education last night voted to request an investigation by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office into allegations of tampering with student records and election-law violations. The action came after board candidate Bill Shaw said high school seniors and recent graduates received letters processed on the school board's computer, urging them to vote for board incumbents Margaret Davis and Roy Paige and for candidates Joe Oliver and Hill Presley Jr. School board President William Whitehurst said the board had not been told about any such letters.
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September 15, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITER
Lower Merion Township residents clashed at the first school board meeting since a Montgomery County judge ruled the district had unnecessarily raised taxes by claiming it was short on funds, when it actually had tens of millions of dollars in reserve. Of approximately 200 people who showed up Monday night, many of the two dozen who addressed the board criticized it for overtaxing the community and not being transparent about its budget process. Others praised the members for doing whatever it took - including per-pupil spending among the highest in the state - to provide a top-notch education for Lower Merion children.
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September 3, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
To those he has vanquished in court - the aviation giants that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to his crash-victim clients, the critics he has sued for libel, and most recently the Lower Merion School District, ordered this week to revoke a tax hike - it may come as a surprise that lawyer Arthur Alan Wolk loves puppies. "She's the sweetest thing on the planet," Wolk said, fussing over his new 13-week-old golden retriever during a phone call Wednesday from his vacation home in Del Mar, a beach town near San Diego.
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September 1, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge has ordered the Lower Merion School District to revoke its latest tax hike, saying the district misled taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits to justify raising taxes 4.4 percent when it actually had socked away millions of surplus dollars. In what may be an unprecedented win for Pennsylvania taxpayers, Common Pleas Judge Joseph A. Smyth said in his decision Monday that the district could increase taxes for 2016-17, but no more than 2.4 percent. The judge said he would "leave for another day" the question of rebates, refunds, and credits for those who already paid their current school tax bills.
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August 29, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
On Monday, 12,000 Upper Darby students will head back to class in a district still embroiled in its summer-break drama - one that publicly opened with the surprise ouster of its superintendent and flared into a dispute over alleged racial imbalances that has drawn the attention of the NAACP. The root of the ruckus, however, goes further back to the past school year, Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr.'s third - and last - at the helm of one of the most diverse districts in the region.
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August 25, 2016 | By Lily Altavena, Rose Velazquez, and Natalie Griffin, NEWS21 PROJECT
Fourth of seven parts. In at least 20 states, lawmakers have stripped locally elected school board members of their power in impoverished, mostly minority communities, leaving parents without a voice - or a vote - in their children's education, according to a News21 state-by-state analysis of school takeovers. More than 5.6 million people live in places where state officials took over entire districts or individual schools in the past six years, according to News21 data collected from state government agencies.
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August 23, 2016 | By Daniel Kaye
  Why should I care about you? Why should I care about your problems, your challenges, whether or not your day is going well, your child is sick, or your job is stressful? I don't even know you and may never even meet you. Why do you, a stranger, matter to someone who will never know your name? Because it's the right thing to do. I'm not a touchy-feely, hand-holding, let's sing "Kumbaya" sort of fellow. I don't protest. I don't go to a house of worship or even own a ribbon-shaped car magnet.
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August 17, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A group of Camden residents who want the city's school board to be an elected body rather than one appointed by the mayor suffered a setback Monday when a judge dismissed their lawsuit against the school district. The suit, filed in April in Superior Court in Camden, asked that city residents be allowed to vote on whether to appoint or elect members of the board. It also argued that the question should have gone before voters in April 2014, as specified in 2010 legislation that ended the state's takeover of the City of Camden.
NEWS
August 6, 2016
In the Upper Darby School District, life doesn't just imitate art these days. It upstages it. As the play Nice Work If You Can Get It ends its run this weekend at the district's Performing Arts Center, the Upper Darby school board finds itself deep in a drama that is steeped in mystery and shrouded in secrecy. The plot so far: Richard F. Dunlap Jr. is on a paid leave of absence as district superintendent. But the school board has taken no formal action on Dunlap, according to Dana Spino, the district's manager of media services.
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August 6, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
The Upper Darby school board's surprise decision last month to place Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. on paid administrative leave was at least partly rooted in a dispute over a redistricting proposal for the system's crowded schools - a controversy that some officials say is tinged with racial resentments in one of the region's most diverse suburbs. Dunlap had been promoting a plan that would have given him the discretion to move students to schools outside their neighborhoods to correct imbalances in class sizes throughout the district.
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August 4, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
At the height of summer, when few people pay attention to school goings-on, Upper Darby Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. has been quietly placed on paid leave. The July 21 action by the school board, which offered no explanation, took even high-level administrators by surprise. "It did happen suddenly with no formal announcement," said district spokeswoman Dana Spino. "I was told by other administrators. " Hearing through the rumor mill about the 56-year-old Dunlap's absence, Upper Darby's state representative, Republican Jamie Santora, said he asked a school board member what had happened, but got no answer.
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