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Several announcements regarding the school district from the past couple of weeks.
Phoenixville Area School District names new superintendent
The Phoenixville Area School Board Monday night announced the nomination of Dr. Alan D. Fegley as superintendent of schools effective July 1.

The board voted to hire Fegley to a five-year contract with an annual salary starting at $205,000.

Board president Paul Slaninka opened Thursday evening's board meeting with the announcement.

"I have some good news this evening as we have hired a new superintendent," Slaninka proclaimed.

Slaninka said that Fegley comes from the Haddonfield School District in New Jersey, and said that Haddonfield is regarded as the top school district in South Jersey as well as one of the top districts in the entire state.

Fegley has spent 18 years in Haddonfield as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in organizational management from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Read the full article here at The Phoenix

Phoenixville school board OKs 2.54% tax increase in budget plan
The Phoenixville Area School Board passed the 2010-11 school budget with a tax increase of 2.54 percent during their board meeting Thursday night.

The increase will translate to $89 for the average property owner, board members said.

Board President Paul Slaninka voiced his displeasure of another tax increase for the community.

"I will not be voting for this," Slaninka said. "In these economic times, any kind of budget increase is hard for me. Something else has to be sacrificed. There are too many people out of work.

Read the full article at The Phoenix

Phoenixville axes early language programs
The Phoenixville Area School District board bid adieu to the world language program as well as the first-grade class of Spanish Immersion following a vote during a lengthy board meeting Thursday evening.

Despite listening to more than two hours of support for both programs, the board voted to eliminate them following a recommendation from the school's administration.

At the April 12 board meeting, acting Superintendent Barbara Burke-Stevenson said she'd like to eliminate the Spanish Immersion program at Schuylkill Elementary, beginning with first grade, and the world language program at the elementary level.

Burke-Stevenson told the board that evening, "We are facing cuts due to fiscal responsibilities. These are some difficult decisons."

On Thursday, during the curriculum discussion at the meeting, board member Jan Potts said the elimination of the world language program would save $150,000 in next year's school budget. She also said that there are staffing issues involved with the Spanish Immersion program.

Read the full article at The Phoenix

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Anonymous said…
thanks for sharing this!!!!
Anonymous said…
During these economic times it's hard to imagine there will be a tax increase. Maybe the school district should be run like any other business with salary freezes, job cuts, or salary cuts.

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