Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A fence around each Pennsylvania school? David Lu thinks it 'ought to be a law.'
Ah, the wisdom of children. David Lu, a fifth grader at Penn Valley Elementary, recently won Rep. Tim Briggs' annual "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest with a proposal on school safety. Lu suggested a law that would secure all school entrances, install fences along school property, and mandate all students and staff participate in regular safety drills. Lu's essay was selected from over 400 submissions. Briggs, who attended a recent Lower Merion School Board of Directors meeting to present David and the other finalists with an official citation from the state house celebrating their accomplishment, said the annual contest provides him with a valuable reminder: his constituents include children, as well as grownups. “I represent 62,000…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Cynwyd Elementary is hitting the century mark.
Cynwyd Elementary School is turning 100. And on Wednesday, the school will kick-off the yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary with Cynwyd Community Day. The event, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will include track and field events for the students, sidewalk art, and games. Students will also get a chance to choose one of four potential logos to appear on all promotional materials raising awareness of Cynwyd Elementary's milestone. The logos were designed by graphic artists, and Cynwyd parents, Christine Weatherwax and Ute Kraidy. “It’s wonderful that we’re the first school turning 100. I’m honored as co-president to be planning this year’s look into our history," said Cynwyd Elementary HSA Co-President Peg Wahrman. Funds …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The production company, co-founded by a Lower Merion graduate, documents wild parties and posts the video online.
"I'm Shmacked," an increasingly popular production company that specializes in video of teens and college students having wild parties, has been implicated in the near riot that led to a flipped car on Walnut Street in West Chester this weekend, Action News is reporting. According to Philly.com, "I'm Shmacked" was co-founded by 2011 Lower Merion High School graduate Jeffrie Ray. West Chester Police broke up a party on Saturday that was attended by as many as 500 people, West Chester Patch is reporting. Party-goers reportedly paid $15 each to get into the private house near West Chester University's campus. According to reports, the party spilled out into the 400 block of Walnut Street after police broke it up, at which point a group …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dr. Orathia Bradley, who was hired in June, will continue with the school in an administrative role.
After just 10 months at the helm of the school, Orathia Bradley was removed from her post as principal of Welsh Valley Middle School effective Tuesday, Lower Merion School District has confirmed. Bradley will be moved to an administrative role in the school while Chris Hall, formerly the LMSD supervisor of student achievement programs, will assume the responsibilities associated with the office. Bradley will, however, hold the title of principal until the close of the school year. According to district communications director Doug Young, Bradley was not suspected of wrongdoing or impropriety of any kind, the district simply decided to move in another direction. "Bottom line, the administration felt this was the best decision for the day-to…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Lower Merion boys basketball championship parade will be held Sunday, beginning in Suburban Square.
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Friday, April 12
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The boys basketball team will be honored April 14 for their state championship victory.
A championship parade and community celebration will be held Sunday, April 14 to honor the Lower Merion Aces for their state basketball championship win over Chester last month. The parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Suburban Square's Anderson Avenue parking lot, and will proceed to Lower Merion High School for a ceremony, rally, video highlights, a barbeque and contests, according to Aces Hoops. Aces Hoops has posted the full route details on their Facebook page: The Lower Merion Aces championship parade and community celebration will be held Sunday, April 14, beginning at 1 PM from the Anderson Avenue parking lot in Suburban Square. The procession will wind through Suburban Square, heading east on Coulter, left onto Llanfair and right …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Increasing the Lower Merion High School choice area is also being discussed.
Ways to reduce an estimated 4.4 percent tax increase and discussions about increasing the Lower Merion High School choice area are two of the major topics discussed by Lower Merion School District Superintendent Christopher McGinley in a letter posted Wednesday on the school district's website. In McGinley's spring update to LMSD families, he also mentions recent studies of district elementary schools, with maximizing instructional time a primary goal. The district aims "... to make the elementary school day a more organized experience so that students who receive support or enrichment services outside of the regular classroom are not missing new instruction," he writes. Elementary school principals will be recommending changes to the …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Robert Walker was crowned as this year's Mr. Lower Merion for Lower Merion High School out of 10 contestants.
Lower Merion High School crowned high school senior Robert Walker for this year's Mr. Lower Merion contest, which benefits the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund, the ABC House and the Class of 2013. More than $5,000 was raised in this year's Mr. Lower Merion contest. The fourth annual Mr. Lower Merion contest took place in the auditorium last Thursday evening where senior and junior contestants compete for the title of Mr. Lower Merion 2013. Competing for this year's title were: The 10 contestants competed in a series of entertaining events that they were judged on. Lower Merion's Ace Harmony, Ace’s Angels and the LM Dance Team took the stage to wow the crowd. View the video recap of this year's Mr. Lower Merion contest here. View …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lower Merion's school board approved a 2013-14 preliminary budget Tuesday.
Lower Merion's school board on Tuesday approved a $222 million preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year. That budget, which will likely be reduced over the coming months, would carry a 4.4 percent real estate tax increase. The preliminary budget serves as a starting point in the budget approval process, said district spokesperson Doug Young. In May, the board is expected approve a “proposed budget,” a more refined budget that forms the foundation for a “final budget” to be approved by the board in June, Young said. School officials had previously cautioned residents that this year’s tax increase is likely to be steeper than last year’s 1.99 percent increase. Altogether, this year’s budget is $222,134,342, with a $7,665,709 funding …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The increase was 1.99 percent in 2012-13. The preliminary budget for 2013-14 includes about $222 million in expenses with a potential $7.7 million funding gap.
Lower Merion School District officials introduced the preliminary budget for 2013-14 at Monday night’s school board meeting, cautioning residents that this year’s tax increase is likely to be steeper than last year’s 1.99 percent increase. Altogether, this year’s budget is $222,134,342, with a $7,665,709 funding gap, according to business manager Victor Orlando. That $7.7 million gap would require a tax increase of 4.4 percent, Orlando said. For a $250,000 home—the median household assessment in Lower Merion Township—that’s a $259 increase over last year, for a total tax bill of $6,146. Orlando noted several major factors impacting this year’s budget, including salary increases and 16 new faculty and staff positions to accommodate …