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Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors Approve Wayne Glen’s Conditional Use application, 5-2

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:14
Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors approved the Conditional Use application for the Wayne Glen project by a vote of 5-2 at the special Board of Supervisors meeting last night.  The proposed mixed-use development of townhomes and carriage homes plus a commercial office development is located on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Swedesford and Old […]
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T/E Taxpayers Draw Short Straw: School Board Approves $4.5 million maintenance building & 3.81% tax increase

Tue, 2015-06-16 17:42
Last night’s TE School Board meeting did not mark a good night for the District’s taxpayers!  Many of us left the meeting disheartened and feeling like the warm summer evening would have been better spent with a glass of Chardonnay.  Here are the highlights, or rather low-lights of the meeting. New Maintenance & Storage Building:  […]
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Question: To fence or not to fence at Valley Forge Middle School? Answer: No for Election Year, but 2016 is another story!

Sat, 2015-06-13 19:53
  I attended the TE School District Facilities Meeting on Friday.   Thinking that the fencing at Valley Forge Middle School discussion would be put to bed finally, the audience learned instead that the never-ending saga would continue… After months and months of legal bills on the District’s side (i.e. taxpayers) and on the part of […]
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TESD Facility Meeting to discuss school fencing project and mega-million dollar maintenance building

Thu, 2015-06-11 16:34
The proposed middle school and high school fencing project and the mega-million dollar Maintenance Building are two of the agenda items for the District’s Facilities Meeting tomorrow, Friday, June 12 at 12 Noon. The school fencing project, specifically at Valley Forge Middle School, has seen a lot of attention in recent months. The school property […]
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$9 million for 7+ acres in the heart of Paoli – Will buyer build multi-story apartment buildings?

Wed, 2015-06-10 07:16
  In early 2014, Home Properties, a Philadelphia-based developer proposed a 250+-unit multifamily building with structured parking plan for Station Square, the 7.475 acre commercial site at the corner of Central and North Valley Roads in Paoli, owned by the Palmer Group Properties.  Although the current Town Center District zoning allows for 135 apartments on […]
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Questions continue regarding VF Middle School fencing — still no resolution!

Fri, 2015-05-29 10:16
The TE School Board approved the 2015 graduating class of Conestoga HS at Wednesday, May 27  school board meeting.  Commencement will take place on June 2, 7 PM at Villanova University. Although the infamous Valley Forge Middle School fencing project was not on the Board’s agenda, Green Hills (Chesterbrook) resident Doug Anestad utilized the public […]
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Kristen Conrad – Tredyffrin Township’s own ‘Rocker Mom’

Wed, 2015-05-27 17:12
Like many multi-tasking moms, Berwyn resident Kristen Conrad has a busy life managing her full-time day job as a researcher with parenting responsibilities to two T/E School kids – one a middle schooler and the other at Conestoga HS.  However, Kristen doesn’t let life’s balancing act. between family and job, keep her from her other passion […]
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T/E School District to Build the ‘Taj Mahal’ or … Otherwise Known as the New ‘Maintenance & Storage Building’!

Wed, 2015-05-20 21:55
The school district’s planned maintenance and storage building on Old Lancaster Avenue, next to TE Middle School, has mushroomed into a major multi-million dollar project! The District’s plan is to demolish and replace the existing maintenance and storage building on the site with a new 12,000 square ft. building with 29 parking spaces.  If you […]
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Primary Election 2015 Results for Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors and School Board Races: Amidst Low Turnout, Results Indicate Interest in Change

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:59
Primary Election 2015 was yesterday and Chester County Voter Services has now calculated the results. Tredyffrin Township has 9,003 registered Republicans and 8,146 registered Democrats. For Primary Day, it was nearly a dead heat of Republicans and Democrats showing up to vote. Approximately 17.8% of the registered Democrats voted (1,447 voters) and 17.7% of the […]
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Message from Chesterbrook resident Doug Anestad, “Stop the TE School Board!”

Sun, 2015-05-17 21:59
The fencing situation at Valley Forge Middle School remains in a word – unsettled. Many Chesterbrook residents showed up for the Facilities Committee meeting on Friday with the hope that the matter would finally be resolved. Although there has been some progress including no fencing directly behind the Green Hills homes and no fencing through the […]
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Neal Colligan vs Tredyffrin Easttown School District in Right-to-Know Case: Follow-Up

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:01
On April 23, 2015, Neal Colligan was notified that he won his appeal with the PA Office of Open Records (OOR) in the Colligan v. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District case, Docket No: AP 2015-0442.  If you recall, Colligan’s appeal stemmed from the District’s denial in his right-to-know request regarding the five closed meetings of the TE […]
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Sometimes Do Overs are possible …T/E School District Union Votes to Save Aides from Outsourcing!

Thu, 2015-05-14 08:47
What is the saying about no do-overs in life?  For approximately 25 non-instructional aides in the TE School District, they learned yesterday that do-overs are possible! To the surprise of many, you may recall on April 30, members of the Tredyffrin Easttown Non-Instructional Group (TENIG) voted against including the small group of “non-instructional” TESD aides […]
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US News releases ‘Best High Schools in America’ list but where’s Conestoga High School?

Wed, 2015-05-13 00:10
Each year the US News and World Report releases ‘Best High Schools in America’ list of the top 500 public high school in America.  More than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how […]
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Chesterbrook Shopping Center redevelopment project is underway — Its time has finally come!

Tue, 2015-05-12 13:44
If you have driven on Chesterbrook Boulevard by the Chesterbrook Shopping Center during the last several months, you will have seen obvious signs of the long awaited redevelopment project which includes both razing and resurrection. The Chesterbrook Shopping Center was constructed in 1981 with 122,000 plus square feet of retail, including the Genuardi’s grocery store […]
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TENIG Union votes against includingTE School District’s non-instructional aides — Why??

Fri, 2015-05-01 08:11
To the surprise of many, members of the Tredyffrin Easttown Non-Instructional Group (TENIG) took a vote yesterday on whether to accept approximately 20 ‘non-instructional’ TESD aides into their union.  Falling close on the heels of Monday’s TESD meeting where the School Board voted to outsource the full-time jobs of 73 aides to CCRES (Chester County […]
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TE School Board Votes to Outsource Aides & Paraeducators and Makes Records Public from Secret Executive Sessions

Tue, 2015-04-28 08:12
After two long years of battling to save their District jobs, it is now official – the TE School Board voted to outsource the jobs of 73 full-time aides and paraeducators to CCRES (Chester County Regional Educational Services). In a School Board meeting that went until midnight, the School Board listened to a nearly endless […]
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TE School District Submits VFMS Fencing Permit Application … Tredyffrin Township Denies Request!

Sun, 2015-04-26 21:51
Valley Forge Middle School fencing was not on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors April 20th meeting, but many Chesterbrook residents attended the meeting and spoke against the TE School Board’s project.  The supervisors deferred all questions/comments to the township’s solicitor Vince Donohue for response who told audience members that the township would not get […]
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Victory for Government Transparency: Citizen wins Open Records Case against TE School District

Fri, 2015-04-24 10:36
Neal Colligan wins in Colligan v. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District case! Between November 2014 and February 2015, School Board president Kris Graham called five special Executive Sessions to discuss the Affordable Care Act and the outsourcing of the District’s aides and paraeducators. These meetings were held out of the light of the public eye and without […]
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Contrary to what you may have heard … No compromise reached on planned Valley Forge Middle School fencing!

Wed, 2015-04-22 11:40
As we learned at Monday night Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisor meeting there seems to be some confusion and/or misunderstanding surrounding TE School District’s planned fencing project at Valley Forge Middle School.  Some members of the school board have suggested that the issue was settled with the Green Hills homeowners and Chesterbrook Civic Association and […]
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Tredyffrin BOS Meeting: Proposed Zoning Changes, Fee Schedule Agreement w/TESD, Wayne Glen Conditional Use Application, etc. etc.

Sun, 2015-04-19 11:02
The Board of Supervisors have a full agenda for tomorrow’s meeting at 7 PM. Following the regular supervisors meeting, the public hearing continues for the Arcadia/Wayne Glen conditional use application. On the supervisors meeting agenda are a couple of important zoning proposals are announced for discussion at the May 21 Planning Commission meeting.  These proposed […]
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