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Suburban schools no longer a safe haven from illegal drugs

Mon, 2014-04-21 23:25
The use of drugs in suburbia is a growing epidemic – it’s not just on the streets anymore, it’s in suburban neighborhoods.  The drug epidemic has pulled cocaine and heroin out of the dark shadows of American cities and into our suburban schools. Today’s drug bust headlines mark a sad day for many of the […]
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2014 Pennsylvania School District Rankings based on PSSA scores are in — Unionville Chadds Ford tops the list, Radnor moves up to third and T/E places fifth

Sun, 2014-04-13 15:32
Spring is PSSA time for public schools in Pennsylvania and the results for 2014 as reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times reveal exciting news for Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD).  For those interested in this type of school district rankings, UCFSD now tops the state’s list, having ousted long-standing Upper St. Clair School District […]
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Keep Your Kids Safe – Tredyffrin Township Police Department conducts special meeting for parents Saturday, April 12, 10 AM

Fri, 2014-04-11 17:33
The Tredyffrin Township Police Department together with Justice4pakids is sponsoring an important meeting tomorrow at the Tredyffrin Township Building at 10 AM.  If you are a parent, plan on attending the meeting and earn how to better  protect your children from sexual abuse. The guest speaker attorney Elizabeth Pitts is the Associate Director of Investigations […]
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Recently hired T/E Personnel Director proactively sought community input in superintendent search in her last position … Will her approach work here?

Sun, 2014-04-06 21:04
As was noted in comments received on the last post, there are those that have supported Dr. Waters tenure as superintendent in T/E where others are questioning his salary and benefit package.  Regardless of how people personally feel about Waters, his time remaining on the job is winding down – a little over a year […]
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Taxpayers Pay for 2 T/E Personnel Directors for Months — Fiscally Responsible? And has School Board begun Superintendent search?

Mon, 2014-03-31 15:45
Based on Sue Tiede’s notification to retire as TESD Director of Personnel, the school board conducted interviews and last Fall, unanimously approved the hiring of Jeanne Pocalyko as the replacement with a January 2014 start date. It is now spring — tomorrow is April 1 and I have yet to see (or hear) Ms. Pocaylko, […]
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Preliminary 2014-15 TESD Budget Indicates 3.4% Tax Increase

Sat, 2014-03-15 14:30
The TESD Finance Committee Meeting and the 2014-15 Budget Workshop 1 was held on Monday, March 10.  Click here for the videos of the budget workshop. Please note that there are three separate videos. For those people unable to attend the budget workshop, including myself, I appreciate the District providing the videos.   To fully […]
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PennDOT patching potholes on state roads tomorrow!

Fri, 2014-03-07 16:13
With rising temperatures in the forecast, I just received a notice from PennDOT that they have scheduled pothole patching on state roads in the 5-county Philadelphia area for tomorrow! (See PennDOT press release below). This week I was driving to King of Prussia on Rt. 202 North and could not believe the damage  the winter […]
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Cut a Vine, Save a Tree! Open Land Conservancy Needs Your Help on Saturday

Thu, 2014-03-06 18:05
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VINE DAY CUT A VINE — SAVE A TREE! Saturday March 8, 2014 9 AM to 12 noon GEORGE LORIMER PRESERVE Special Meeting Location at 1812 Hawkweed Way in Summerhill Has this winter left you suffering from cabin fever and a need to get outside for some fresh air?  There’s a perfect […]
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Tredyffrin Twp: Public Works Director Scott Cannon and Finance Director Tim Klarich are out and it’s only February!

Wed, 2014-02-26 00:21
Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors held a special board meeting on February 10 to terminate the employment of Public Works Director Scott Cannon.  Stating several acts of misperformance, including two instances of improper disposal of materials on Township property in addition to procurement procedure violations, the supervisors voted unanimously to dismiss Cannon, without public discussion or […]
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PA State House 157 Democratic Candidate Jed Grobstein withdraws, Marian Moskowitz (D) to challenge incumbent Warren Kampf (R) in November

Mon, 2014-02-24 18:00
The Chester County Democratic Nominating Committee held their convention this past Saturday.  Prior to the election, Democrat Jed Grobstein withdrew his name from the PA State House 157 race and Democrat candidate Marian Moskowitz was endorsed by acclamation. Grobstein provided the following press release explaining his withdrawal from the race: Jed Grobstein stepped back in […]
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T/E School Board and Teachers sign tentative 3-year contract

Sat, 2014-02-22 15:19
The Tredyffrin Easttown Education Association (TEEA) and the T/E School Board have signed a tentative 3- year teachers’ contract for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017.  After the teachers ratification, the School Board will take action at Monday’s school board meeting on the contract. The contract protects the jobs of the District teachers and […]
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It’s Official — Democrat Marian Moskowitz to challenge incumbent Warren Kampf for the PA State House 157!

Tue, 2014-02-18 23:08
UPDATE:  At today’s Chester County Democratic Nominating Convention Jed Grobstein withdrew and Marian Moskowitz was endorsed by acclamation. A two term incumbent, State Rep Warren Kampf (R-157)  has announced his decision to seek a third term for the office.  However, it is now official — there is another challenger for the job. I received a press […]
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T/E School District institutes 7-minute clock-in and clock-out rule for aides and paras & progressive discipline for violation

Fri, 2014-02-14 13:26
A bit of background — On February 4, I received a copy of a memo dated January 31, 2014 from Sue Tiede, Director of TESD Personnel.  Tiede’s letter went to ‘All Employees paid on an Hourly Basis’ (aides/paras) with the subject line, ‘Attendance & Punctuality’.  Although I was told that ‘all aides and paras’ received […]
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TESD Calendar update — Students will have 179 school days & other updates

Tue, 2014-02-11 10:17
An article written by Yuge Xiao & Lavi Ben-Dorin in StogaNews online this morning, reports on the school board meeting and the updated school calendar, stating that“…  students now have 179 school days. Staff will still have 191 days, with the last being on June 30.  Originally, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District (TESD) had scheduled 182 instructional […]
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Tredyffrin Township Supervisors fire their Public Works Director, Scott Cannon over Environmental Violations

Mon, 2014-02-10 22:50
Last Friday, in the midst of the winter storm power outage, I received a curious email from Tredyffrin Township notifying of a special Board of Supervisors meeting for Monday night. There was only one item listed on the special meeting agenda – ‘personnel matter’. Rather than attend the scheduled T/E School District Finance meeting, I […]
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How will T/E School District make up snow days?

Mon, 2014-02-10 00:03
T/E School District made the decision late today that the kids will return to school tomorrow with a 2-hour delay opening.  With many roads inaccessible to buses, the District asks that you have your child board at the closest bus stop located on an accessible road. The revised Emergency Make-Up Day Schedule, as of 2/7/14: […]
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Power slowly returning to Tredyffrin Township — 1,100 remain without power on Sunday night

Sun, 2014-02-09 23:34
As the weekend ends, there’s a snow/ice mixture falling outside, with a National Weather Service prediction of an additional 1-3 inches.  After the last week this community has endured, no one is smiling about tonight’s snow or more in the forecast for later in the week. It’s been five days since the historic Winter Storm […]
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Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello Updates — PECO Top Brass Touring Tredyffrin Twp!

Sat, 2014-02-08 17:22
From Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello – Saturday, 1 PM  Update: Latest: 27 percent (54,000) of households still w/out power, highest concentration of those w/out in Tredyffrin and central Chesco; Rte 23 between 401/100 closed until Sunday @ 6 am to do complete major restoration of lines; County Emergency Operation Center  fully-staffed w/ focus on […]
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Improving Conditions in Tredyffrin Township — Power Returning to Many Households!

Sat, 2014-02-08 00:04
What’s the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” – the same could be say about restoring power to Tredyffrin Township and its surrounding areas.  Downed power lines and toppled trees left many roads impassable and neighborhoods with dangerous conditions. Winter Storm Nika is PECO’s second worst in their history in terms of power loss, […]
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