Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Abington School Board will hold a meeting at the district's administration building to discuss the proposed upgrades to Memorial Field.
The school board will host a community meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed changes and upgrades to Memorial Field. The district entered into a 25-year lease agreement with Penn State Abington for the field, which is on Huntingdon Road between Susquehanna Road and Rosemont Lane, late last year. Rather than paying rent, the university will make about $5 million in upgrades to the facility. In return, Penn State Abington’s athletic teams will be able to practice and compete on the grounds. Penn State Abington Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler said in August that the money would come from the college’s capital fund. See the initial story on Abington Patch here.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Check out what this week will bring in Abington.
The Abington School Board will meet Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Abington School District Administration Building. The draft agenda will likely be available later today. -- The Center School in Abington will hold its International Food Festival and Auction Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the school. The event, in its tenth year, raises money for the school’s scholarship fund as well as the school’s PTO. For tickets, call the school at 215-657-2200; click here for more details. The school is located at 2450 Hamilton Ave., Abington. Visit the school’s website at centerschoolpa.org/Home/Home. -- The Abington Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the township building. Of note, the red light camera …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Check out the agenda for tonight's school board meeting.
Tuesday, February 26
The Abington School Board will meet Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the district's administration building. According to the draft agenda, the board will hear a presentation from assistant superintendent Leigh Altadonna and facilities director Stephen Saile on the partnership between Penn State Abington and the school district regarding Memorial Field, which is off of Susquehanna Road. The board last discussed the $5 million upgrade project at a meeting in August. To see more details on the project, click here. To see the entire draft agenda, see the pdf section of this article to the right.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
School district business administrator: Preliminary budget is 'tenuous, very conservative.'
The Abington School Board approved the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget at its meeting Tuesday night. The preliminary budget weighs in at $137.33 million — $3.86 million or 3 percent higher than last year’s budget. The biggest single increase in the preliminary budget is something the board can’t control: mandated benefits, the school district’s contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). This year, the district must contribute 16.93 percent to PSERS — 16 percent of that is the pension rate and the remainder goes to health insurance premium assistance. According to the website, PSERS is also funded through investment earnings and mandatory member contributions. For a press release on the PSERS rate this year…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Abington School Board will consider a motion to adopt a preliminary budget; it shows an increase of about 3 percent.
According to the draft agenda, the Abington School Board will likely approve the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget at its meeting tonight. The draft agenda shows that the proposed preliminary budget weighs in at $137.33 million — $3.86 million or 3 percent higher than last year’s installment. See the whole agenda in the pdf section. There was no tax increase last year. See that story here. The meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. Check back later for an update.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The school board stayed in-house when it came to finding a replacement for the retiring Leigh Altadonna.
The Abington School Board won’t need a search committee to find a replacement for the district’s retiring assistant superintendent … but it will need one to find a replacement for the high school principal. Last night, the Abington School Board approved a motion appointing Abington Senior High School Principal Jeffrey Fecher the district’s next assistant superintendent. “After much thought, and consultation and two executive sessions … we came to the conclusion that we didn’t need to search for an assistant superintendent,” Sichel said last night. “[Fecher] is dedicated, he is committed, he is confident, compassionate and he is an excellent worker. We feel he is the right person for the job.” One can’t help but think of Dwight Schrute …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Check out the draft agenda for tonight's school board meeting.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Abington School Board will meet tonight at 7:30. According to the draft agenda, the school board will hear a presentation from Superintendent Amy Sichel and business administrator Chris Lionetti regarding the 2013-2014 budget process. And, according to the draft agenda, the school board will consider a motion that would allow the Abington YMCA to use Copper Beech Elementary School to operate its summer camp program during weekdays beginning July 1 through mid August. According to the motion, the school district would charge the YMCA $35,500 if all spaces are fully utilized. See the full agenda in the pdf section of this post or online here.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Abington School Board will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the administration building. Note, the meetings are usually held on Tuesdays. To take a look at the meeting's draft agenda, click the pdf section, which is down and to the right.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Abington School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m.
According to the Abington School Board draft agenda, school officials will provide an update on how students in the district fared in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests. They will also provide an update on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For more information and data on the PSSA and AYP, visit the state’s website here. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website, out of the 3,711 students who took the 2011 PSSA mathematics test: For the 3,690 students who took the 2011 PSSA reading test: To see how Abington stacks up against every other district in the state, check out the pdf section to the right. District officials will also hold an orientation that deals with the social media sites Facebook …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Superintendent: 'I think we accomplished the [school board's] goals'
The Abington School Board last night approved the district’s 2012-13 budget; there will be no tax increase. The board unanimously passed the $133.47 million budget; the budget is up 4.55 percent over the 2011-12 installment, but the millage rate stays at 27.80. That means a home assessed at $141,000 will pay $3,920 annually. And, if you register with the state as a homestead, you’ll see a flat reduction of your tax bill to the tune of $205 — regardless of the assessed value of your home. “There have been no cuts in programming, no pay-to-play, no decreases in any way — frankly, there have been some increases — all while having a 0 percent increase for the third year in a row,” Abington School District Superintendent Amy Sichel said. “So …