August 17, 2009 |
For the 100th time, students will assemble today for the first day of classes at an institution whose promotional literature boasts, "There is no other place like Milton Hershey School. " And it's true. Indeed, there is no other place on Earth quite like it. It is the world's wealthiest, largest residential school for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, school officials say. It sprawls over 10,000 acres of rolling green hills and is centered on a domed, marble building.
December 15, 1996 |
Where others saw just a slightly rundown day camp, school Superintendent Carmine DeSopo saw a state-of-the-art school for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems. That was 1988. Nearly nine years later, DeSopo's vision has become a reality, with Wednesday's opening of a core facility by the Burlington County Special Services School District for high school-age students unable to succeed in a traditional setting. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot facility is the main building on the 44-acre Lumberton campus.
June 2, 1996 |
It's a thin line, Clearview Regional School District Superintendent Michael Toscano says, between a problem child and a child with problems. And both can be overlooked in the sometimes crowded world of public education. But with a plan that he says will likely take effect when classes begin in September, both groups may get some extra attention at Clearview. The district is finalizing plans for an alternative school that will operate in the high school's building after school hours.
October 27, 1993 |
At the end of the business day, Christopher Tompkins hurries from Ocean City Primary School with typical enthusiasm. It's the start of the day where the difference between Christopher and his classmates is most noticeable. The 7-year-old can't wait to get to the job. And it may be his hard-won victory to attend his neighborhood public school that fuels his desire. "We won, we won," Christopher joyfully chants as he talks about the school district's failed attempt to have him transferred to a facility for handicapped children.
November 24, 1987 |
The Willingboro school board voted last night to appeal a decision by the state education commissioner to classify the former head of the township's school for problem students as a high school principal. Commissioner Saul Cooperman ruled earlier this month that Joseph Pezzullo be named a principal instead of being laid off by the board when the special school was closed last June. Cooperman also ruled that Pezzullo be given back pay at the pay scale for principals from the time of his layoff.
April 26, 1987 |
Members of the Coatesville school board will hold a public hearing tomorrow night on several proposals to avoid overcrowding at three of the five elementary schools. District administrators have predicted that in the next few years, the district will have a slight increase in the number of elementary school students. That, combined with the district's recent effort to keep class sizes small, is expected to produce overcrowding at Caln, East Fallowfield and Friendship Elementary Schools.
August 16, 1988 |
The Willingboro school board last night took a step toward resolving a 13- month legal battle between the district and its former coordinator of the special school for students with discipline problems. Eight of the district's nine board members voted to pay Joseph Pezzullo the $48,872 he would have earned in 1987-88 had the Alternate School not been closed in July 1987. Although Pezzullo will receive the retroactive pay, his future in the district remained uncertain.
January 1, 1991 |
Linebacker Lance Johnstone, a three-year starter on a Germantown team that improved from 0-10 in 1988 to 8-1 this season, will play college ball with a Temple team that has made a similar turnaround. Johnstone made the oral commitment on Dec. 16, the last day of his official visit to Temple. Rutgers, Delaware State and Virginia Union also offered to pay for visits, but Temple was his first and last stop. Delaware State is Division I-AA, and Virginia Union is Division II, and "I've always had a dream of playing Division I football," he said.
July 16, 2003 |
Dozens of principals in Philadelphia public schools are to be replaced next fall, including those at large high schools troubled last year by brawls and the death of a teenager during a basketball game. Among those scheduled to move to other schools are Gloria Pelzer, principal of Germantown High School, and her son, Hilderbrand Pelzer 3d, principal of Simon Gratz High School in Nicetown. Both Pelzers, who have been at their schools three years, have been reassigned to principal jobs at smaller schools.
July 17, 1996
EDUCATING THE DISABLED IS WELL WORTH THE PRICE It was with some concern that I read Art Caplan's June 30 article "Educating the disabled: Is the price fair?" As a product of special education, my response to the question is "yes!" The term severe disability is a tricky one. I am considered severely disabled. I use a power wheelchair, utilize 27 1/2 hours of personal assistance services per week, use a ventilator at night, and ride ParaTransit. I also live independently with a wonderful roommate, have a graduate degree, full-time job, close family, social life and I pay taxes, just like everyone else.