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March 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
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 resurfaced 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.
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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.
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July 27, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 10, 1990 | By Gina Esposito, Special to The Inquirer
Upper Darby School District officials appealed to residents to oppose recent revisions to state special-education regulations that would significantly increase local school tax bills. The new regulations require more special-education staff in the school district, costing taxpayers more money, said board member Teresa F. Furey at a regular board meeting Tuesday. Furey said that the cost of the new regulations has been estimated at $12 million to the 15 school districts in the county.
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January 12, 1995 | By Greg McCullough, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The school board on Tuesday appointed Edgar F. Speer as the new principal of Beverly Hills Middle School and approved several other personnel changes within the school district. Speer, a 47-year-old West Chester resident, began his new job yesterday. He replaces Mel Brodsky, who retired last month after more than 30 years in the Upper Darby School District. At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Speer towers over most students. He likes to joke with students that he stands only 5 feet, 19 inches tall.
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July 19, 2000 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has named the state advisory team to help the Chester Upland School District devise a plan to improve student performance under the state Education Empowerment Act. The act, which took effect July 1, gives 11 low-performing school districts, including Chester Upland, broad new powers, including the ability to create charter and independent schools, hire private firms to run schools, fire teachers and...
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November 26, 2008 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John M. Walsh Jr., 83, a retired public school administrator in Delaware County, died of bladder cancer Nov. 15 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He resided at Little Flower Manor in Darby. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Walsh was a 1944 graduate of St. Thomas More High School, and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from La Salle University in 1948, his master's in education from Temple University in 1959, and a certificate in elementary school administration from Villanova University in 1975.
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December 12, 1991 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Upper Darby School District administrative salaries will be going up an average of 6 percent beginning Jan. 1. The school board Tuesday approved pay increases for school principals, assistant principals and supervisors. Raises also were approved for Superintendent Joseph Batory and Assistant Superintendents Bernie Carrozza and James Blackburn. Principals and assistant principals received raises of $4,000, bringing the average salary to about $62,000 in 1992, Carrozza said.
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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.
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March 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
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.
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May 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 14, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
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,...
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July 27, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 13, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
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.
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April 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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