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Secret School Board Meetings Considered Strategic!

Tue, 2015-02-24 15:47
What’s that saying, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”? Well, when it comes to outsourcing the jobs of the aides and paraeducators in the TE School District, I think the fat lady sang two years ago and was confirmed again at last night’s School Board meeting. We know that the Board members received […]
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TESD: Here Comes the Sunshine Act and It’s Alright

Sat, 2015-02-21 18:18
After researching the issue and speaking with experts, a nonpartisan group of six residents (Ray Clarke, Neal Colligan, Jerry Henige, Barb Jackson, Peggy Layden and myself) believed the School Board deliberations at the TESD February 3, 2015 board meeting violated the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. On February 13, 2105 via Certified Mail, a thoughtfully written letter […]
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TE School Board, Let the Sunshine In …

Tue, 2015-02-17 21:10
At the TESD School Board meeting of February 3, the School Board voted on a resolution to change the employment status of 73 full-time aides and paras in the District. The action was taken without notice, other than listing ‘ACA Update’ on the meeting agenda, and after five secret executive session discussions.  Not only does […]
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TE School District Avoids ACA Compliance Issue – Reduces Hours and Outsources Aides and Paras

Wed, 2015-02-04 11:56
We learned at last night’s school board meeting, that the TE School Board’s way around the Affordable Care Act compliance issue is to reduce employee hours. The ACA does not require the District to provide health insurance to those employees working less than 30 hours a week – so the District’s answer to the Federal […]
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Security fencing for Valley Forge Middle School, TE Middle School and Conestoga High School – TE School District seeks variance to construct 6-foot fence

Thu, 2015-01-22 10:44
During 2014, 5-foot high chain link fencing was installed around TESD’s five elementary schools – Beaumont, New Eagle, Valley Forge, Hillside and Devon. Sandy Hook and other school shootings pushed the issue of school security into the limelight and the elementary school fencing project was one of the security upgrades recommended by the District’s Safety […]
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Notes from TESD Finance Committee Meeting – Do we borrow $18 million or $24 million to pay for District capital projects?

Fri, 2015-01-16 16:23
I attended the first 2015 meeting of the TE School District’s Finance Committee this week that focused primarily on the preliminary 2015-16 budget.  According to the District’s capital sources and uses report, there is a projected capital need of $24 million over the next five years.  The Finance Committee discussed options to fund these planned […]
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TE School District proposes 3.68 percent tax increase in 2015-16 budget

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:38
For taxpayers living in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, they saw no municipal real estate tax increase in 2014 or 2015. In the Tredyffrin Township 2015 budget presentation, it was announced that real estate tax assessments continue to grow and that the township saw “increased construction of both residential and commercial properties which are a major […]
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Monday, January 6: Tredyffrin BOS Organizational Meeting & Public Hearing for Wayne Glen Conditional Use

Sun, 2015-01-04 16:52
Tredyffrin Township’s first Board of Supervisors meeting of the 2015 is tomorrow, January 5, 7 PM at the township building. The organization meeting includes the election of chairman and vice chairman of the BOS.   Although an annual election is held for the board’s leadership roles, typically these positions are held for two years.  Mike Heaberg […]
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TE School District Business Manager Pleads Guilty to DUI, Sentencing Set for January

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:24
The Tredyffrin Easttown School District business manager has pled guilty to driving under the influence. Chester County court documents say 51-year-old Arthur McDonnell of Chester Springs was charged with a DUI and other traffic violations, including careless driving, failure to notify police of accident, injury or death, failure to notify police of accident or damage […]
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Tredyffrin Township resident Michelle Kichline appointed Chester County Commissioner

Tue, 2014-12-09 15:48
With Republican Ryan Costello’s 6th District Congressional win in the November election, Chester County needed a new County Commissioner to fill his unexpired term.  According to Pennsylvania law, the Chester County Court of Common Pleas had to fill the vacancy with another Republican to finish Costello’s term, which runs through 2015.  The voters will elect […]
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Easttown Township meets the 2015 financial request of Berwyn Fire Company – Will Tredyffrin supervisors step up to the plate?

Sun, 2014-12-07 13:16
Depending on where residents live in Tredyffrin Township, your fire and emergency medical services is provided by one of three fire companies – Radnor, Berwyn or Paoli. In their 2015 budget presentation to the supervisors of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, the Berwyn Fire Company asked for $50K in extra funding from each township to fill […]
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Tredyffrin Library Closed until December 4: Flooding & Budget Deficit of $100K+

Fri, 2014-11-28 18:30
The Tredyffrin Library sent out an email to their contact list stating that the library was closed and all activities cancelled until next Thursday, December 4 due to flooding. But it appears that the problem is actually worse than just flooding — a visit to to the library’s website www.tredyffrinlibraries.org offers an ominous message from their […]
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Good news for Tredyffrin Township residents — 2015 proposed preliminary budget indicates no tax increase!

Fri, 2014-11-21 18:13
This post is follow-up to Tredyffrin Township’s preliminary 2015 budget discussion, at both the Board of Supervisors meeting and the recent budget workshop. At the November 5 supervisors meeting, Township manager Bill Martin presented an overview of the 2014 to date and the 2015 preliminary budget presentation included updates from each of the department heads. […]
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Shire moving Chesterbrook headquarters to Boston – 500 employees expected to leave Tredyffrin

Wed, 2014-11-19 13:44
Sadly, we learned this morning in Joe DiStefano’s Philadelphia Inquirer column that one of Tredyffrin Township’s largest employers is moving the company headquarters from Chesterbrook to Boston. In the Fall of 2012, Shire announced a decision to build a new large office complex on Trammel Crow property at the intersection of Rt. 29 and Yellow […]
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Multi-million T/E budget surplus (again) – $12.4 million surplus in 4 years! Property tax increases for 10 years in a row and still no health insurance for aides/paras!

Fri, 2014-11-14 17:18
In spite of $12.4 million in budget surplus the last four years, TESD residents have seen yearly tax increase and yet sadly, the District still does not provide health insurance coverage to their aides and paras. I have regularly attended school board meetings and associated finance meetings the last 4 years and I have been […]
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Congratulations TE School District — Ranked 3rd in the Country!

Fri, 2014-11-07 07:59
Congratulations TE School District!  ‘Niche’ which measures neighborhoods and cities for livability, compares k-12 schools and reviews over 8,000 colleges and universities has released their 2015 national school district rankings..  The Niche K-12″ report, which compares 120,000 k-12 schools has been released. For those interested in rankings, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District was listed as third in the country […]
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Votes counted and Tom Wolf (D), Ryan Costello (R) & Warren Kampf (R) win

Wed, 2014-11-05 08:37
Don’t know if it was efforts of the political parties and their volunteers, the candidates themselves, the issues or the perfect voting weather of 70-plus degrees but it appeared there was record attendance at many of the polls.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many voters come out in a non-presidential election! Looks like […]
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