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PA State Rep Warren Kampf’s Town Hall Meeting — Budget, Pension and Property Tax Reform, Liquor Privatization & the Legalizing of Marijuana

Thu, 2014-07-31 18:51
I attended State Rep Warren Kampf’s Town Hall meeting last night in Phoenixville.  Kampf opened the meeting with a 15-20 min. update on the budget, pension reform and status of legislation, liquor privatization, and property tax reform.  Following his presentation, the evening continued with Q & A from the audience members, with about 30 questions […]
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Education Degree no longer a requirement for PA School District Superintendents. With a graduate degree in management, business, finance or law, you could be a Superintendent

Sat, 2014-07-12 17:28
We all remember Chester Upland School District’s well-publicized financial struggle to keep their electricity on, the doors open and their teachers paid a couple of years ago.  Chester Upland and other PA school districts in similar severe financial distress were aided by the passage of Act 141 of 2012 (House Bill 1307).  The recovery plan […]
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PA Pension Crisis: A Vote to Change the Pension Laws is a Vote to Protect the Taxpayers

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:35
Unfunded pension liabilities are the dark cloud hanging over the state budget. Years of underfunded retirement promises to public employees has plunged the state into a financial black hole that is approaching $50 billion. The cost of doing nothing increases on a daily basis, and translates into higher property taxes, an inability to fund public education […]
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TE School Board Approves Administrator Bonuses, $22K/yr Salary Increase to Business Manager & 3.2% Tax Increase to Homeowners

Tue, 2014-06-17 23:26
Four important votes took place at last night’s TE School Board meeting and unfortunately there was little surprise in the results. Approval of bonuses to TESD administrators – check Approval of bonuses to TESD supervisors – check Approval of $22K/yr. salary increase & 5-year contract to TESD Business Manager – check Approval of 3.2 percent […]
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TESD Agenda includes bonuses for administrators & 5-year contract for Business Manager; Tredyffrin Township Agenda includes new Finance Director and Police Department news

Sun, 2014-06-15 18:46
On Monday, there is a TE School Board meeting at 7:30 PM, Conestoga High School. Rather than hitting the print button, I suggest that you read the agenda and accompanying materials online because it contains 450 pages. On the fourth page of the agenda, under Section VII Other Recommended Action, these three items grabbed my […]
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Will chain link fencing around the elementary schools make them safer?

Thu, 2014-06-12 00:23
Like every other school district in America, the TE School District began talking about school security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.  If you recall, the School Board hired former Tredyffrin Township Police Chief Andy Chambers as the District’s safety consultant. The School Board announced […]
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Call for Internal Investigation: Interference in Collective Bargaining Process of T/E Aides and Paraeducators … Was a Crime Committed?

Sun, 2014-06-08 12:52
Not all is equal.  In the T/E School District, some workers enjoy equitable treatment and benefits while others do not.  This is the story about the aides and paraeducators, the District’s lowest paid employees, their collective bargaining efforts and the questionable behavior of those trying to derail the process. Most of you reading this post […]
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Superintendent Search underway in T/E School District – Residents invited to assist in finding replacement

Fri, 2014-05-30 21:56
The T/E school board has launched a search for a new superintendent and is seeking input from the public through an anonymous survey, “Stakeholder Survey – Superintendent Succession Planning”, available online through noon on Tuesday, June 10.  Participants can weigh in on the qualifications and experiences that they think are most important in a superintendent […]
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Standing on the sidelines changes nothing — TE School District aides and paras taking steps to unionize

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:51
It’s official, the aides and paraeducators of TE School District are taking the necessary steps to unionize. As announced by Supt. Dan Waters at last night’s Finance meeting, this group of employees is currently engaged in the process to join the collective bargaining unit TENIG (Tredyffrin Easttown Non-Instructional Group). If you recall last spring, the […]
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TE Students Advance to 2014 World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind Competition — Need Community Help in Funding Trip!

Mon, 2014-05-05 17:55
For the first time, Tredyffrin Easttown School District has qualified to attend the “Odyssey of the Mind” World Finals.  The Odyssey of the Mind began in 1978 and is the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide. The competition helped pioneer the idea of creative problem solving as an educational tool and emphasizes teamwork, creativity, and problem solving. […]
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T/E Proposed Final Budget indicates 3.2% tax increase plus — the new Superintendent search gets underway

Tue, 2014-04-29 16:30
At the T/E School Board meeting last night, the Board approved the 2014-15 proposed final budget as follows – The Proposed Final Budget for the 2014-2015 school year is in the amount of $117,254,089 revenue, 2,671,891 fund balance transfers and $119,925,980 for appropriations on a tentative basis. As presented, the ‘Budget Development Summary’ slide below indicates […]
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Chesterbrook Shopping Center & Wayne Glen projects are on Tredyffrin’s Planning Commission meeting for Monday

Sun, 2014-04-27 16:43
There is an update with forward movement on the Chesterbrook Shopping Center redevelopment project! The developers of the shopping center, 500 Chesterbrook Boulevard LP, will appear in front of the Planning Commission on Monday, April 27, 7 PM to review the preliminary/final subdivision application for the site.  The developers plan is to redevelop the existing […]
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T/E Superintendent disputes Montgomery County DA report — Conestoga High School NOT involved in drug trafficking

Thu, 2014-04-24 10:27
In the days since the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office announced the drug trafficking arrests, including the two ringleaders, Haverford School graduates, the story has become widely reported — from CNN to Good Morning America, there are articles and videos on the subject. I’m certain that an expensive prep school such as the elite Haverford […]
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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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