May 23, 2015 |
Visiting one of the state's most financially challenged school districts Thursday, Gov. Wolf heard a simple message: We need money. At Stonehurst Hills Elementary School, teachers and administrators met with Wolf to discuss how his proposed education-funding plan would benefit the Upper Darby School District, which has been burdened by layoffs and program cuts in recent years. "We don't have enough to make things work," said Aaronda Beauford, principal of the Delaware County school.
October 27, 2014 |
After 15 years in Morocco, Steve and Judi Bowman wanted to return home to a diverse community in the United States. So they settled in Upper Darby. The couple renovated a building across from the township building and opened it last year as Five Points Coffee. But Five Points is more than a coffee shop. The Bowmans also started a nonprofit organization, with a vision of serving international students, immigrants, and refugees. Their shop has become a regular meeting place for English conversation groups for nonnative speakers, a local church's SAT tutoring, and the township's multicultural committee.
October 14, 2013 |
Angela Duckworth is the genius in socked feet. Named a MacArthur fellow last month, the Penn psychology professor snacked on candy and padded around her Positive Psychology Center corner office, cluttered with papers, a Wheaties box sporting her freckled likeness, and multiple copies of True Grit . Grit is the plucky four-letter word that Duckworth owns, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, "sticking with your future,...
July 27, 2013 |
Richard S. Dunlap Jr., a longtime high school principal and brawny Marine veteran, has been named superintendent of the Upper Darby School District. Dunlap, 53, grew up in Delaware County and has worked as a special-education teacher, assistant principal, and principal in area districts. He has been principal of West Chester East High School since 2002. Before that he was principal of Garnet Valley Middle School for six years. He replaces Lou DeVlieger, who retired at the end of the school year.
June 13, 2013 |
JOHN RUSSEL is hopeless as a handyman. The first time he tried to use a table saw he inherited from his father, he cut off a finger. But John had a secret weapon: his brother. After moving to Los Angeles, John would have to cope with the problems every homeowner has to face. When a problem was defeating him, he called his brother back in Secane, Delaware County. His brother, Frank Ross "Beansie" Russel, was an amazing handyman. He could fix anything - and enjoy doing it. "I would call him up about something that was broken that was frustrating me," John said, "and he would say, 'John, calm down, we have the technology.' " Frank Russel died Monday of cancer.
May 2, 2013
The Upper Darby School District released a $165 million budget that closes a $9.7 million shortfall with staff reductions, transportation cuts, and other savings, many of them reflecting priorities suggested in a series of community forums. Residents still face a 2.94 percent property-tax increase, much less than the 6.6 percent that could have been levied before going to a referendum, said Superintendent Louis DeVlieger. "No school district programs will be cut, no employee will lose a job, and kindergarten, art, music, and sports will all remain intact while still reaching our goal of $9.7 million," he said in presenting the budget to the board Tuesday night.
April 17, 2013 |
Educators are well acquainted with tests. But at a conference Monday, the toughest question was for them. The hypothetical situation: A man carrying a rifle and backpack was just seen in the parking lot walking toward the school. What are the first three things you are going to do? This was not an essay question. About 450 officials from schools, universities, and law enforcement agencies attended the one-day seminar in Upper Darby, hosted by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, to discuss preventing and preparing for crises.
April 12, 2013 |
They could swallow cutbacks in transportation and school administration, and even tolerate an increase in property taxes - within limits. But residents of the Upper Darby School District gave a resounding "no way" to the hacking of beloved music and arts programs and high school sports. Those were some of the findings in a report released Tuesday night by the University of Pennsylvania Project for Civic Engagement. In February and March, the Penn Project conducted four community forums in the Delaware County school district during which more than 480 residents gave their input on how district officials could - or could not - close an estimated $9.7 million budget deficit.
August 31, 2012 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought criminal charges Thursday against a couple who allegedly enrolled their child in the Lower Moreland Township School District when they lived in Philadelphia. Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged with theft of services and conspiracy to commit theft of services. Tuition payments for an out-of-district child attending the Lower Moreland schools would have cost $10,753 a year, Ferman said. Michael Cassidy, a Huntingdon Valley lawyer representing the Garcias, said his clients were innocent.
May 28, 2012 |
Tina Fey was Frenchie, I was Rizzo. But the real star of our sold-out performances of Grease in high school was the Upper Darby School District — a place where kids like us from humble homes were taught not just English and algebra, but how to dream big, think big, and make big things happen. Tina and I were compadres of the Class of '88. And though we had the solos, the spotlight, and our names on the program, and we packed the house for four straight nights by hand-jiving and bebopping in theater makeup and thrift-store costumes, we were really just bit players in a K-12 public school system that had made it all possible.