November 20, 2015 |
After months of contentious talks and a dispute that roiled one of the region's elite school districts, Radnor Township's school board and teachers have approved a three-year contract. Teachers will receive annual raises, but starting next school year they will have to pay a share of any health-insurance increases, according to details released Wednesday night by the Radnor Township School District. The 320-member union ratified the contract Tuesday, and the board unanimously approved it Tuesday night.
October 30, 2015 |
The body of a man found on a Cape May County beach was identified Wednesday as the former mayor of a Gloucester County borough. Jeff Radio, 43, was mayor of Clayton from 2009 to 2011 and worked as a vice president with Sun National Bank. He was an active member of the Clayton school board. His body was found Tuesday in Strathmere. New Jersey state police are investigating his death. The results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday are pending, said spokesman Sgt. Jeff Flynn.
October 28, 2015 |
A plan to make the Coatesville Area School District one of the country's most energy-efficient is again on the table, after the developer of a solar project dropped his lawsuit against the district. Bob Keares, managing partner of Coatesville Solar Initiative, said he withdrew the lawsuit charging breach of contract because school officials told him negotiations could restart on the solar agreement. This past weekend, the school solicitor gave Keares conditions to meet before that happens, including agreeing not to sue the district again.
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.