September 27, 2015 |
The Rose Tree-Media School District's embattled superintendent told the school board that he will step down in June 2017, three years before his contract ends, but parents say that's not soon enough. "Two years is two years too long," said Jim Coyne, a member of RTM Strong, a parent group that has petitioned the school board to fire Jim Wigo, who has led the district since 2011. Parents in the affluent Delaware County district have a litany of complaints against the schools chief, including what they say are an explosive temper and his hiring of a principal who was subsequently charged with child pornography.
September 18, 2015 |
Radnor High School teachers, who two weeks ago instituted a ban on writing college recommendation letters to protest their stalled contract talks, said Wednesday they will resume writing the letters after being "overwhelmed" by responses from parents. Radnor Township Education Association president David Wood also said the school board has scheduled several meetings with the union. The letter-writing protest rattled the highly competitive district, where more than 95 percent of students go on to attend college, university, or trade school.
August 30, 2015 |
Camden school board member Barbara Coscarello stepped down this week after 61/2 years. First appointed in 2009 by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, Coscarello said she wanted to focus on the nonprofit management consulting service she owns, as well as her job as a sociology professor at Camden County College. Coscarello has been through numerous transitions as part of the school board, most recently in 2013, when the state took over the failing district, relegating the board to an advisory role.
July 24, 2015 |
Aftershocks from the controversy that led the Rose Tree Media School District to sever ties with a popular principal continue to rattle the district, with this week's surprise announcement by the school board president that he's stepping down and the resignation of a top administrator. John Hanna told Tuesday night's school board meeting that stress from the lengthy and often contentious termination hearings for former Indian Lane Elementary School principal Bill Bennett, which ended with a $300,000 settlement, was a big reason why he's resigning as president.
July 16, 2015 |
THE MUSICAL chairs among Superintendent William Hite's senior staff continues. Donyall Dickey, the school district's chief academic-supports officer, is leaving the district at the beginning of August, a spokesman confirmed yesterday. He is expected to be hired as chief schools officer of the Atlanta Public Schools, officials there announced Monday. The school board will vote on the recommendation Aug. 10. Dickey was appointed to his current post last July, after coming to Philadelphia as an assistant superintendent in September 2013.
July 9, 2015 |
A Rose Tree Media elementary school principal whose firing enraged some parents and students said Tuesday that he had received $300,000 in a settlement with the district and already has started a new job. Bill Bennett, who accepted the offer last week after fighting to keep his 15-year position at Indian Lane Elementary School, said he now is principal of Delaware Design-Lab High School, a charter school opening in August in Newark, Del. ...
July 8, 2015 |
At a tense meeting, during which angry parents berated Rose Tree Media school board members and Superintendent James Wigo, the board voted unanimously Monday night for a plan to get rid of suspended Indian Lane Elementary School principal Bill Bennett. The board did not offer details of the settlement, but sources said the plan, approved by an 8-0 vote, would allow Bennett to resign while covering his back pay and legal expenses. Bennett - who was given a leave of absence in April 2014, then suspended without pay in January when Wigo recommended he be fired - has until Tuesday to accept the offer, board members confirmed.
July 2, 2015 |
TWO VICTIMS of an alleged upskirting English teacher in South Jersey have hired attorneys. Adam L. Mayr, an English teacher at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell since 2002, was arrested in March after a female student at the school came forward with the allegations. He was charged with invasion of privacy, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. The nine victims, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, were between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. Authorities allege Mayr took upskirt videos of them using hidden cameras immediately after class or after school over a two-year period.
June 27, 2015
The Rose Tree Media school board was not prepared to vote on whether to fire a popular principal at its legislative meeting Thursday night, said school board attorney Tom Kelly. Kelly said the board was still looking into the case of Bill Bennett, former principal of Indian Lane Elementary School, after a committee held five public hearings in April and May. Bennett was given a leave of absence in April 2014 after two employees complained that he got angry and yelled at them and some students, which he denied.
June 26, 2015 |
To his many supporters, Bill Bennett is a warm, all-in principal who dresses up on Halloween, knows the name of every student, goes to all the band concerts, and listens patiently to teachers over coffee and doughnuts. Indeed, "the Pinch-Me Elementary School" was a nickname that some parents and staff adopted for the highly rated Indian Lane Elementary School in the Rose Tree Media School District during Bennett's tenure, which began in 1999. "You couldn't believe that this is so great," said Liz Corra, who sent her two kids through the K-5 school.