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May 14, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gertrude F. Tierney Lavery, 79, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse at Cinnaminson High School known for her outgoing and take-charge attitude, died of liver cancer Wednesday, May 12, at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Though Mrs. Lavery's title was registered nurse, she took various other roles at the school: counselor, teacher, even emergency driver. "She was extremely accommodating to kids and went beyond what was expected of her," said teacher Al Sloan, who worked at the school all 26 years Mrs. Lavery was the nurse.
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December 27, 1990 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
A school nurse has sued the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, contending that she was illegally assigned to homeroom and other duties in addition to her nursing job. According to the suit, Bonnie Spangler of Wayne, a nurse in the school district for the last six years, has been assigned to "morning duty" this school year and last in violation of the state Public School Code. Her morning duty involved monitoring the cafeteria at the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School, where pupils await the start of the school day. Spangler's suit, filed Dec. 6, does not seek damages.
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October 22, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Rebecca Ellen Jones Alderfer, 79, of Hartsville in Bucks County, a retired school nurse known for her compassionate nature, died of lung cancer Sunday in Abington Memorial Hospital. After practicing nursing at the Abington hospital for several years in the 1940s, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then West Chester State Teachers College and became a school nurse. "Thousands of schoolchildren felt her loving touch during her 20 years as a school nurse for the Central Bucks School District," said a son, David Alderfer.
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July 16, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Anna C. Heller, 88, a school nurse who gave three decades of service to Mount Holly schools, students and families, died Tuesday at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she lived. A 1926 graduate of the former Mount Holly High School, Mrs. Heller received her nursing degree from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and her school nursing permit from Trenton State College in 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Rutgers University in 1947.
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November 18, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, of Moorestown, a longtime nurse at Cherry Hill High School East whose easygoing personality made her a favorite chaperone for class trips, died of lung cancer Friday, Nov. 12, at her home. Mrs. Sauro took her school nurse's job "to an entirely different level," said former Cherry Hill East principal James Gallagher, now the district's assistant superintendent. "She was a surrogate mother to a lot of the kids," he said. Students were often in her office seeking advice on more than just health, he said.
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July 15, 1996 | By Susan Q. Stranahan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 22 1/2 years, youngsters in the Norristown school system might just as well have had their mother in the school nurse's office. Until she retired in 1984, Jessie Woessner was in charge. And in addition to dispensing Band-Aids and throat lozenges, she took an active interest in their overall well-being, according to her daughter. "She cared for them as if they were her own," said Jessie Ann Moser of Allentown. Mrs. Woessner, who lived in East Norriton Township, died Friday at her home.
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August 11, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Aletta M. Crichton, 86, Pemberton Township's first school nurse and a strong advocate for the creation of special-education classes in the district, died last Friday at the Health Care Center at Cadbury, Cherry Hill. Mrs. Crichton retired in 1973, and in 1978, the school district paid tribute to her long service and dedication to students by naming a Browns Mills school - the Aletta M. Crichton School - in her honor. A Cherry Hill resident, Mrs. Crichton was a registered nurse who joined the Pemberton Township School District in 1950, serving all eight schools.
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December 29, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Ann Sewell doesn't just dispense aspirin and Band-Aids. Sewell, the school nurse at Bok High in South Philadelphia, tends to 187 asthmatic teenagers. She treats insulin-dependent diabetics, kids with cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, and seizure disorders. As part of its latest round of budget cuts, the Philadelphia School District will lay off 141 employees, including 47 nurses, effective Saturday. Sewell and about 50 others gathered at district headquarters Wednesday to protest.
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December 18, 1995 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Marion Johnson Heitman, 80, a retired school nurse and former resident of Willow Grove and Horsham, died Wednesday at her home in Langhorne. Mrs. Heitman was born in Abington and graduated from Abington High School in 1933. She graduated from Abington Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing in 1938 and in 1963 earned a degree from what is now West Chester University. She resided for many years in Willow Grove and in Horsham before moving to Langhorne three years ago. In 1975, Mrs. Heitman retired after 18 years as a nurse for the Upper Moreland School District.
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April 28, 2011
I read with dismay the article "Budget ax threatens school nurses" (Monday). How unfortunate that State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola and Jennifer Hoover-Vogel of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials were not better informed about the role of the certified school nurse before advocating a policy that would allow school districts to hire uncertified nurses. School nursing is a community health specialty. As pointed out by experts quoted in the article, it is ridiculous to suggest that just any nurse can with minimal training assume the responsibilities of a school nurse.
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February 13, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARY Virginia Wallace Reid hit upon an unusual way to honor her late beloved parents: She set up a scholarship in their names at her alma mater. The Mamie and Isaac Wallace Scholarship at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., is awarded annually to a deserving student. Mary Reid, a 31-year English and reading teacher at Murrel Dobbins Technical High School, a community activist and devoted wife and mother, died Friday. She was 92 and lived in East Oak Lane. Mary was the first member of her family to go to college.
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January 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Anne Gallagher, 74, a nurse and member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 49 years, died Sunday, Jan. 12, of cancer in Assisi House, Aston Township. She was born in Washington, N.J., and was a graduate of Washington High School. She graduated from St. Francis Hospital School in Trenton in 1960. Formerly Sister Margaret Leo, she entered the St. Francis order in 1962 and professed her first vows in 1965. Sister Anne earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1974 from Neumann University in Aston.
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October 18, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Amy Worden, and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Corbett's release of $45 million in state funding for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District will allow the return of 400 teachers, counselors, assistant principals, secretaries, and others to the schools, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Wednesday. The rehiring of the workers, who had been laid off during the district's fiscal crisis, will begin immediately, and assignments will be finalized over the next few weeks. The new money also will let the district dramatically reduce the number of students in split-grade classrooms, Hite said, as well as extend music education and athletics for the full school year.
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October 17, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
DEAR SUSAN Corbett, I hope this note finds you doing well in the governor's mansion you share with your husband, Tom. OK, that's a lie. I actually hope this note finds you wild-eyed and shrieking at your husband because you heard what happened to Laporshia Massey, and you want Tom to make things right before another child dies. But if you've not heard about Laporshia, I am begging you - mom to mom - to read her tale, take it to heart and then use your wifely influence to make your husband of 40-plus years take it to heart, too. Because what happened is a tragedy.
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October 13, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The death of a West Philadelphia sixth grader last month from asthma complications continued to spark outrage Friday even as the Philadelphia School District clarified actions staff at Bryant Elementary School took the day the girl became ill. Much of the anger stems from the lack of a nurse on duty on Sept. 25 who could have recognized Laporcha Massey's distress. Bryant has a nurse only two days a week. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said Friday that after Laporcha reported feeling ill, the school twice called her home to ask someone to pick her up. When no one came by dismissal time, around 2:45 p.m., an aide felt sorry for the 12-year-old and drove her home.
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October 12, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia sixth grader reportedly died from severe asthma complications after she was sent home from school Sept. 25 because she felt ill. Philadelphia City Paper reported Thursday that the father of the Bryant School student, Laporcha Massey, said he rushed his daughter to an emergency room shortly after she returned from school. Bryant has a nurse only two days a week, and the father wondered whether his 12-year-old daughter might be alive if the nurse had been there the day she fell ill and called sooner.
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July 31, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DISTRICT OFFICIALS got more than they bargained for during a meeting about a proposed new school report card last night when parents and teachers unleashed their frustrations about the district's status. The district announced recently that it would abandon the School Performance Index and School Annual Reports as its usual indicators in exchange for a system that is designed with the help of charter schools, parents and community members. After the meeting, school nurse Eileen Duffey summed it up: "When you get to these meetings, you find out there's a dual purpose.
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June 17, 2013
By Eileen M. DiFranco Around Memorial Day, as the end of the school year approached, kids used to start singing: "No more pencils, no more books ... " Come September, this children's chant could become a reality in Philadelphia. Come September, not only will there be no pencils and no books. Under the district's current budget and layoff plan, there will be no secretaries, no counselors, and no aides watching the children in the cafeterias. There will be no counselors and no librarians.
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June 7, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Chester Upland School District is in "disarray," with "ineffective" governance and financial oversight preventing it from meeting its mission of educating students, according to a state audit. "Those students may never recover from the loss of an effective education, and in the long run, the district's failure could ultimately prevent them from realizing their true potential," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's report said. The review covered the period from May 4, 2010, through Feb. 26, 2013, during which the 4,505-student district was identified as among the lowest-achieving in the state.
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May 15, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The case gained international attention and became a rallying point for anti-bullying advocates. But investigators have found no evidence that a school-yard fight had anything to do with the death of sixth grader Bailey O'Neill, the Delaware County district attorney said Monday. The death was the result of epileptic seizures, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. He said his office did plan to file juvenile-level simple-assault charges. Whelan said an autopsy by Edwin Lieberman of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office revealed "no physical finding of trauma or evidence that trauma played a role" in the boy's death on March 3 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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