Friday, February 22, 2013
'The union committed to make a hypothetical proposal through the State Mediator in order to try and avoid outsourcing,' Chief Negotiator Jeffrey Sultanik said.
Friday, February 22
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of February 21, 2013, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board, Jeffrey Sultanik, met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA), to continue negotiations toward reaching a settlement on a new contract. The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. The last negotiation session held between the two parties occurred on January 30th. Prior to the latest negotiation session, Mr. Sultanik had shared the cost savings reflected in proposals submitted by outside vendors for subcontracting the services of five employee groups. These included …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Dr. Elliott H. Lewis is the new assistant superintendent of administration for the Pennsbury School District.
Saturday, February 16
From the Pennsbury School District: Elliott H. Lewis, Ed.D. was named Assistant Superintendent of Administration, K-12 for the Pennsbury School District by the Board of School Directors at the public meeting held on February 14th. Dr. Lewis will replace W. David Bowman, Ed.D., who resigned from Pennsbury in November 2012. As Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Lewis will report to the District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin J. McHugh, and serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet. Dr. Lewis will work collaboratively with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in leading, guiding, and directing building-level administrative and instructional staff to best meet the needs of each child. The two Assistant Superintendents are …
Friday, February 15, 2013
State Rep. Steve Santarsiero honored the Pennsbury High School Cross Country team during a victim to Harrisburg.
While Levittown dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsbury Cross Country team was able to rally together and win their their third-straight PIAA Class AAA title. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero presented the team with a citation from state government during the girls' visit to Harrisburg on Tuesday. “These girls, for three years now, have provided inspiration for their community and fellow runners and friends,” Santarsiero said in a statement. “I’m proud they call Bucks County home.”
Monday, February 11, 2013
Three Pennsbury High School seniors recently signed their college paperwork.
Three standout Pennsbury High School athletes signed agreements to play for colleges during a ceremony aired on the school’s TV network. Cross Country player Sara Sargent was first to sign papers for University of Virginia during the morning event attended by her parents, school officials and media. The senior recounted she was not all that interested in going to University of Virginia at first. She said on her initial campus tour the school did not impress her. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” Sargent said with a giggle. “Now, I can’t see myself going anywhere else.” Soccer player Lexi Brown made her intent to play at West Chester University official surrounded by her family. Brown said she has been playing soccer since she was five …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Union officials met with Pennsbury School District officials last week to discuss contract negotiations.
Monday, February 4
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of January 30, 2013, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA). The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. The last negotiation session held between the two parties occurred on November 28, 2012. According to Chief Negotiator, Jeffrey Sultanik, the session had a “positive tone” and was spent mostly going over language proposals by both parties. “Working collaboratively, we arrived at approximately 22 tentative agreements on contract language,” he said. “The majority of the remaining contract…
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School was held recently. What's your take?
Before the Pennsbury School Board, administrators and members of the local community, Marta Grothman recalled her fond memories of attending Village Park Elementary School in the Levittown section of Falls. She recollected about her first day and taking part in the school’s opening ceremony. She recalled her brown pigtail hairstyle and all of her teachers. Grothman, who currently is a music instructor at the school, was one of roughly a dozen people who spoke during public comment at Thursday night’s public hearing on the likely closure of the Unity Drive school. Other parents testified about the helpful and nurturing staff. Some praised the close-knit community that surrounds the school, where a large segments of students walk to and from…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A meeting on the possible closure of one Levittown elementary school will be the focus of a public meeting Thursday night.
A public hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School is set for Thursday night in Falls Township. According to the Pennsbury School District, the hearing will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at the west campus of the high school. The Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee told the school board in the beginning of the month they decided the Unity Drive school should be closed as the school system looks to redistrict and cut cost. The committee looked at project enrollment numbers, birth rates and building capacities before making their recommendation. In December, the committee held a lengthy discussion about how much money the district could save if it closed either Village Park or Fallsington Elementary…
Monday, January 28, 2013
A $20,000 donation for new band uniforms for the Pennsbury Marching Band was recently made by McCafferty Auto Group.
The Pennsbury Marching Band will be looking sharp for the upcoming Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. thanks to a generous gift from a local auto dealer. McCafferty Auto Group recently donated $20,000 to help the 130 member marching band pay for new uniforms. Todd Buch, president of the auto group, recently presented the band with a check for the money. "Students who participate in such worthwhile high school activities as the marching band draw meaningful experiences that become lifetime memories," Buch said. "The PHS Marching Band is legendary, and the McCafferty Auto Group couldn't be more excited about supporting the hard work and dedication exhibited by these students." Frank Mazzeo, instrumental music curriculum coordinator and…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Pennsbury School Board will meet Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
A special committee made recommendations to the Pennsbury School Board January 3 about closing Village Park Elementary School at 75 Unity Drive, Fairless Hills. Now the school board will be addressing the recommendations. Tonight, the school board will make an announcement of a possible school closing and will set a public hearing for that matter. On Jan. 11, the public announcement of intent and possibility of closing a school will be made since there is a 15 day notice requirement for a public hearing. The school board will be discussing other business matters at the meeting. For the full agenda, visit the district website or view the PDF attached to this article.
Friday, January 4, 2013
A committee made up of Pennsbury School District parents, administrators, board members and building representatives recommended that the school board close Village Park Elementary and redistrict the school district.
After briefing the school board and public on its findings on enrollment numbers, birth rates and building capacities, a Pennsbury committee recommended closing Village Park Elementary School at 75 Unity Drive, Fairless Hills. The committee is made up of district parents, community members, district staff and board members, who worked for three months on analyzing data ranging from birth rates, enrollment trends and building capacities. While looking at this data over the course of several meetings, the committee narrowed down closure options to Fallsington and Village Park elementary schools. But after taking a vote, the majority of committee members voted to close Village Park. "This is choosing between two very, very good schools," …