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Focus on Juvenile Justice Issues in Schools at MLK Day Event

Martin Luther King Day last week provided the impetus for a unique event examining juvenile justice issues primarily related to the Cheltenham public schools.  Sponsored by Arcadia University and the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with the Montgomery County...
Posted On Jan 28 2016
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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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Possible Referendum Requirement for All School Tax Increases Gets Hammered by PA Public School Advocates

With state budget negotiations between Democratic Gov. Wolf and the Republican legislative leadership finally appearing to be on a fast track, a measure that may or may not be in the final deal has school boards and many education advocates on red alert. Even with early reports...
Posted On Nov 11 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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Food Truck Jamboree Celebratory Fundraiser Is On for Oct. 4

Like to eat? Check. How about having your choice of a panoply of possibilities to engage your palate by way of some of the best food trucks in the Philly area. Check again.  What about doing it with a crowd of friends and neighbors and/or fellow-parents of kids at the Cheltenham...
Posted On Sep 24 2015
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Cheltenham District Takes State Budget Stalemate in Stride For Now

The Cheltenham school district is so far riding out the state budget impasse without a hitch.  Although about $1.7 million in state aid is past due, the deficiency is having “minimal impact” on the district’s cash flow position, according to Finance Director...
Posted On Sep 03 2015
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Cedarbrook Principal Appointed; Start Date Uncertain

Marcy Hockfield, who was interim director of secondary education in the Lower Merion school district this past year, was appointed principal of Cedarbrook Middle School at a special board meeting of the Cheltenham Township School District Tuesday night. Hockfield has spent her...
Posted On Sep 02 2015
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District Reverses Decision on Rosh Hashanah Holiday, Closing Schools for Two Days

The Cheltenham public schools will be closed both days of the Rosh Hashanah holiday in keeping with its usual practice.  The Jewish new year falls this year on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. But in so doing, the school board reversed a decision made in late 2014 that had...
Posted On Sep 02 2015
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School District Settles Two Labor Contracts

With the new school year about to get under way, the Cheltenham school district recently came to an agreement with two of its employee bargaining units. The three-year contract with the Business Employees Council (BEC), which represents a range of para-professional and blue...
Posted On Aug 31 2015
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Superintendent Vows to Bring Cedarbrook Construction Costs ‘Back Down’

With Superintendent Wagner Marseille’s first public comment last week on the Cedarbrook Middle School rebuild project since he came on board, the Sept. 1 meeting of the board’s Facilities Committee is shaping up to be a clarifying moment along the project’s...
Posted On Aug 20 2015
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School Board May be Doing U-turn on One-day Closing for Rosh Hashanah

The Cheltenham school board is rethinking its decision to limit school closings this year to only the first day of the two-day Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah.  The holiday falls on September 14 and 15.  The usual practice has been for schools to be closed on both days. At...
Posted On Aug 17 2015
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Cost Questions on Cedarbrook Rebuild Project Rattle Some Nerves

This story was updated Tuesday morning. There’s nothing like uncertainties when it comes to costs on an estimated $50 million-plus capital project to rattle nerves around the Cheltenham school district these days.  With the clock ticking toward the hoped-for reopening of a...
Posted On Aug 10 2015
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District Sticks With Jewish Holiday Date on Upcoming School Year Calendar

At last week’s special school board meeting concern was expressed about the 2015-16 school calendar not including an off-day for the second day of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.  This year the holiday falls on September 14 and 15, and the general practice has been for...
Posted On Jul 29 2015
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