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New School Board Waives Option for Tax Increase Beyond Act 1 Limits

The Cheltenham school board on Tuesday night swore in its newly elected members, chose new board leaders and announced its decision not to seek exceptions from the state to allow tax increases for the next fiscal year beyond the regular Act 1 ceiling. David Cohen, Joel Fishbein,...
Posted On Dec 09 2015
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New Administrative Hires Planned as Cheltenham District Sets Out to Boost Student Achievement

Recently retired Wissahickon District Superintendent Judith Clark started work this week in her role as special consultant to Cheltenham Superintendent Wagner Marseille.  Clark’s hiring was authorized by the Cheltenham school board at its November meeting along with the approval...
Posted On Nov 24 2015
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Recent Disaster Drill Offers Valuable Training for Cheltenham First Responders and School District

In a world where vulnerability in public spaces can seem as palpable and, unfortunately, as plausible as putting one foot in front of the other, Cheltenham Township’s first responders, in conjunction with the school district, held a mock emergency operation recently. The point...
Posted On Nov 20 2015
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MD College Student, CHS Grad – Now Facing Gun Charges – Still Missing

A day after Cheltenham High School was on lockout on the basis of the unknown whereabouts and issues related to recent CHS graduate Jacob Marberger at the MD college he attends, the situation at the high school and across the district is back to normal.  Marberger, 19, however,...
Posted On Nov 17 2015
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Report of Grad with a Gun Triggers ‘Lockout’ at CHS

In an unusual incident, Cheltenham High School was on lockout this morning and throughout the school day as a precautionary measure after getting word that a recent CHS graduate now in college in MD was thought to pose a possible threat to the campus at Washington College in...
Posted On Nov 16 2015
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Political Candidates Work Local Events; NAACP Talks Mostly Education

It’s the height of the political season, so no surprise that candidates were coming out of the woodwork to participate in forums and meetings here this week.  In addition to Citizens’ Call’s event Thursday night at Curtis Hall, there was a forum for school board...
Posted On Oct 23 2015
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Tues. Hearing Could Take District in Different Directions on Cedarbrook Project

After considerable debate and division in recent meetings on the design and cost of the Cedarbrook rebuild project, the Cheltenham school board is planning a state mandated hearing on Tuesday night, although a part of the recent controversy included whether the hearing itself...
Posted On Oct 04 2015
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Sunday Food Truck Jamboree Put Back a Week

In the face of the likelihood of rain based on early signals from Señor Joaquin, the 2nd Annual Food Truck Jamboree at CHS scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed to the following Sunday, Oct. 11. Not that they had time for daydreaming in the first place, but Karen Shaffran...
Posted On Oct 02 2015
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Drama of Education Funding Hits Local Stage Friday Night in Elkins Park

White Pines to Host Free One-Night Show Oct. 2 PA’s school funding crisis will take center stage  this Friday evening at The White Pines Place  in Elkins Park. The free local dramatic performance of School Play is part of a statewide tour that will include showings in Blue...
Posted On Sep 30 2015
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PSSA Test Scores Take Expected Plunge Statewide and Locally

The PA Department of Education (PDE) released test scores today for the 2015 PSSA standardized tests, the first battery of those exams in English and math aligned to the new, more rigorous PA Core Standards based broadly on the national common core curriculum. It was no surprise...
Posted On Sep 29 2015
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