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August 23, 1990 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Interboro School District teachers and school board members have reached a tenative contract agreement and expect to hold ratification votes next week. But at three other area school districts - William Penn, Penn Delco and Southeast Delco - negotiations continue as the scheduled opening day of schools draws closer. The threat of a strike and the long-term damage it can cause was on the minds of Interboro school board members as they negotiated with the teachers. "The Garnet Valley strike loomed over our decision process," said John Costello, Interboro school board president.
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May 17, 1990 | By John Corcoran, Special to The Inquirer
David Campbell, interim superintendent of the William Penn School District and a candidate for the permanent position, is also the sole applicant for a similar post outside the district. Campbell has confirmed that he had applied for a superintendent's job in the Colonial School District in New Castle, Del., and that he was scheduled to tour that district's schools yesterday. He is the only candidate for the job, said Daniel Muir, president of the Colonial school board. Muir noted, however, that the job had not been offered to Campbell and that the Colonial school board had not set a date for reaching a decision.
NEWS
July 18, 1993 | By Blake Morrison, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The video isn't exactly slick and packaged. Its lighting is a bit off, the picture isn't crisp, and the sound could be better. But glitz was not the goal of the William Penn School District's newest plan to sell itself. Sincerity was. And district officials say the new, 20- minute video designed to persuade prospective home buyers to live here has plenty of that. Students in graduation garb laud their educations. Alums reminisce. Parents praise. All unrehearsed testimonials, shot like home video and destined for any real estate agents willing to use it. "We could not buy the kind of PR these kids are bringing back to us," school board President Mimi Greenwood said.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough and the William Penn School District was arrested Thursday after admitting he stole $1.3 million from both, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. Robert H. Park, 77, of Aldan, was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses related to money taken between 2003 and 2012, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Whelan said Park has admitted that he took the money. The financially struggling school district lost $960,841.26 during that period, police said, and Aldan, $377,529.74.
SPORTS
April 2, 1996 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Rich Guy's 11-month ordeal is apparently over. The man who coached the Penn Wood girls' track and field team from 1983 through last April is set to return to his former position today. He received word of his appointment from the school's administration last night. The William Penn School District's personnel director, Fran Connelly, was to have been informed of the administration's decision this morning. Guy's return will be official pending approval of the school board April 29. "I'm very happy," Guy said.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | By Nancy Scott, Special to The Inquirer
The American Association of School Administrators will honor the William Penn School District in March. The district will be the co-recipient of the Golden Key Award, along with Richard Haayen, 66, chairman of the board of Allstate Insurance Co., North Brook, Ill. Haayen graduated from the former Lansdowne Aldan School District, which is now part of William Penn. The Golden Key Award was established in 1956 by the AASA to dramatize the importance of teachers in American life.
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September 5, 2000 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With classes scheduled to begin this week at most schools in the Philadelphia area, all but a handful of teachers' contracts have been settled in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties. The biggest trouble spot is in Delaware County, where teachers in the William Penn School District have authorized a walkout. On Friday, the union said it would begin a work stoppage today when classes start, although the two sides were negotiating yesterday. Of the 501 districts across the state, contract negotiations continue at 65, according to the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
NEWS
April 9, 1997 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Thomas F. Jenkins, 60, former superintendent of the William Penn School District, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Media. A product of local schools, Dr. Jenkins headed William Penn from August 1990 to January 1994, when he retired. The district encompasses Aldan, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne and Yeadon. When he took over as superintendent, Dr. Jenkins faced a six-week teachers' strike, and when he retired, there was an uproar over a fungus problem at the Colwyn Elementary School.
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January 28, 1994 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Lansdowne Republican leaders have accused a Lansdowne resident who is a county Democratic official of playing politics by offering to act as a facilitator in early teachers' contract discussions in the William Penn School District. County Democratic Party Vice Chairman F. Joseph Merlino responded that the remarks made at a school board meeting on Wednesday by GOP Chairman Richard Daisley and Borough Councilman Mark J. DuFrayne were "reprehensible" and could scuttle an effort by teachers and the school board to begin amicable talks.
NEWS
June 17, 2001 | Ericka Bennett INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Phoenixville Area School District has narrowed the superintendent field to two finalists from a pool of 40 and is moving toward a final decision. Board members expect to announce the new superintendent at the June 28 board meeting, said Board President David M. Langdon. Finalists Gertrude T. Bennett, assistant superintendent in the William Penn School District in Lansdowne, and David R. Noyes, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Octorara Area School District in Atglen, toured the district and met students, teachers, staff and parents on Tuesday before their final interviews with district officials that evening.
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August 29, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The extensive and valuable art collection owned by the Philadelphia School District should be freed from a decade in storage and publicly displayed once more, the city controller told the school superintendent Wednesday. More than 200 pieces, including paintings by the noted Philadelphia-area artists Henry Ossawa Tanner and Walter Baum, were removed from city schools in 2004 when Superintendent Paul Vallas said the district lacked the capacity to properly safeguard or maintain the art. The works, valued at $3.8 million, have remained locked in an art-storage facility since then.
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July 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For school districts in the Philadelphia region, this is one of those times when more feels like less. Although the $29.1 billion 2014-15 state spending plan approved this week by lawmakers in Harrisburg includes slightly more money for K-12 education than last year, the new dollars are fewer than what Gov. Corbett proposed in February, and not enough for most districts to pay rising bills - especially pensions - without hiking taxes. "We're being engulfed in a negative swing," said Jeff Cuff, the business manager of the William Penn School District in Delaware County, where the boost in state block-grant dollars was both too little and too late to prevent the school board from raising 2015 property taxes by 3 percent, the most allowable under state law. The district's property-tax rate already was among the highest in the region.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough and the William Penn School District was arrested Thursday after admitting he stole $1.3 million from both, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. Robert H. Park, 77, of Aldan, was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses related to money taken between 2003 and 2012, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Whelan said Park has admitted that he took the money. The financially struggling school district lost $960,841.26 during that period, police said, and Aldan, $377,529.74.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Missing: Fifteen medium-size football helmets, 10 shoulder pads, an athletic training table, and a generator, all property of Penn Wood High School in Delaware County. Please return them in time for Friday morning's game, especially the generator - that is a big deal, school officials said. Thieves broke into a cinder-block storage building under the Kerr Field bleachers in Yeadon Borough during the weekend and stole the gear, along with two Gatorade coolers, footballs, and medical equipment.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JUST WHEN the Delaware County embezzlement craze seemed to be dying down . . . the taxman cometh. Robert Park, the longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough (pop. 4,155) and the cash-strapped William Penn School District, was charged yesterday with diverting $1.3 million in public funds into investment accounts - which he then lost in the stock market. "He was gambling, but in a different fashion: He would day trade and lose substantial amounts of money," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The unsolved arson that has shut down Penn Wood High School evidently has become a source of growing anxiety in the Delaware County district. "The frustration is not being able to have anyone identified at this point," said Joseph Bruni, superintendent of the William Penn School District. "That's creating enormous emotional stress here in the district, especially in the high school. " Bruni himself has kicked in $1,000 toward what now is a $15,000 reward for information in the investigation.
NEWS
May 1, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The William Penn School District has posted a $2,000 reward for information about whoMever set the fire that closed Penn Wood High School's Green Avenue Campus in Lansdowne on April 18.   Superintendent Joseph Bruni said he donated $1,000, the teachers' union gave $700, and an annonymous donor contributed $300. The reward is being administered by the Citizens Crime Commission.   Bruni said police are still investigating the fire, while the district has rearranged students and activities to get through the rest of the school year.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
As firefighters, their faces smeared with soot, milled about, venting the smokey fumes from the 86-year-old Penn Wood High School building, senior Dwayne Henry watched in disbelief. "Wow, that's crazy," he said several times. "It's been, like, my whole life. It's breathtaking. " An early morning three-alarm fire - which, authorities said, may have been set - heavily damaged the school in Lansdowne, Delaware County, on Thursday, perhaps forcing the school to shut down for the rest of the academic year.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Mari Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arson is suspected in a 3-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne overnight and may force it to remain closed for the rest of the academic year, authorities said. The blaze followed a series of bomb threats at the school that stopped about two weeks ago, said Fire Chief Daniel Kortan. Noting a back door had been punched in overnight and that fire burned in multiple locations, Kortan declared the blaze suspicious and local, county and state fire marshals were called in to investigate.
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