August 29, 2016 |
On Monday, 12,000 Upper Darby students will head back to class in a district still embroiled in its summer-break drama - one that publicly opened with the surprise ouster of its superintendent and flared into a dispute over alleged racial imbalances that has drawn the attention of the NAACP. The root of the ruckus, however, goes further back to the past school year, Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr.'s third - and last - at the helm of one of the most diverse districts in the region.
August 6, 2016
In the Upper Darby School District, life doesn't just imitate art these days. It upstages it. As the play Nice Work If You Can Get It ends its run this weekend at the district's Performing Arts Center, the Upper Darby school board finds itself deep in a drama that is steeped in mystery and shrouded in secrecy. The plot so far: Richard F. Dunlap Jr. is on a paid leave of absence as district superintendent. But the school board has taken no formal action on Dunlap, according to Dana Spino, the district's manager of media services.
March 7, 2016 |
The superintendent of the Upper Darby School District has issued an apology after a photo resurfaced Thursday of students dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfits. In a Friday statement to the Upper Darby community, Superintendent Richard Dunlap wrote that the photo of the three Upper Darby High School students was part of a skit "intended to identify and highlight the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan. " The photo appeared on social media Thursday evening. In it, the students are standing next to each other, dressed in white shirts with the letter "K" on them.
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.