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Davis Gets A New Playground, District Hires New Administrators

The Centennial Board of School Directors met Tuesday evening to discuss district matters.

The Centennial School District Board of School Directors resumed its regular meetings Tuesday night; eight out of nine board members present.

The Board welcomed four new members to the district workforce. Ryan Mulford and Joseph Papeika will both serve as assistant principals at William Tennent High School; Allison Cuckler will assume the Special Education Supervisor position for secondary education; and Andrea DiDio is the new Human Resources Supervisor for the district. 

Of the 37 items of new buisness on the board's agenda, only issue was passed without a unanimous vote: the purchase and installation of a playground at Davis Elementary School.

Board Member Mark B. Miller, the lone opposing vote, wishes to delay the playground plans another 30 days to get a more competitive bidder for the project. He said parents will be willing to wait in order to “get it done right.”

“I’m only opposed to the process through which we’re buying the playground,” Miller said. “We have to have a playground.”

He notes that the district has many options from which to choose, however board member Michael Hartline suggested that it would be better to have a playground sooner rather than later.

If delayed another month, Miller says the district could get a better product while saving money.

“…when we’re buying on short notice like we are now, we can go to what’s called state contracting,” he said. “But the price on that is not a competitive price.”

The motion to approve the Snider & Associates, Inc. Rocket Play Structure at $73,994.14 was passed 7-1.

The William Tennent High School 2012-13 Comprehensive School Improvement Planning was also discussed.

Miller was concerned that it was not ready for implementation. He also wanted to be sure the board and Education Committee would make the deadline.

Jane Schrader Lynch assured the board that the deadline had been extended and they will have no problem meeting it. Also, she will request a special Education Committee meeting to go over the plan and make any necessary amendments or changes.

The motion to approve the improvement plan passed 8-0.

The Centennial School District board meeting schedule and agendas are posted on the district website. Meetings are held twice per month throughout the school year. The public is invited to attend the meetings or watch via TV or Internet broadcast.

If you missed a meeting, the respective video will be uploaded to the website soon thereafter.

meggerz August 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Sure why should they get competitive pricing it is the tax payers money they are spending...who cares???
Lou August 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Why didn't they start shopping around months ago?
Tired of Hypocrisy August 22, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Exactly Lou Why did they not get bids when the school was put out to bid? Are they that stupid they didn't realize that they would need a playground? Goodness, they are so inept it is pathetic. They have no idea how to do anything properly. All they know is spend, spend, spend and it is our money they are using for their foolishness. Every member should be taken off the Board. The State should investigate them.
warmama August 22, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Typical of this board - do it fast and thoughtlessly, so it can cost us more to replace it later.
southampton parent August 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
you didn't have short term to purchase you all knew way back when a playground was needed but it's not your priority and I think contractors should pay some monies for torching the old Davis playground that had nothing wrong with it.
Bob's Dad August 23, 2012 at 01:57 AM
When I went to elementary school, we had kickballs, baseballs, bats, and footballs. We were able to survive and thrive without $74k playsets. There were also less obese children. However I guess we can’t win the pissing contest with Council Rock unless we waste more money. Since our High School got a 3.2 million dollar football field and a $500K sound system I think the elementary schools should get kickball "Astro-domes". That will show those other schools!!
Pete Krenshaw August 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I have to put this on administration and the school board. Yet another quality, well thought out plan executed perfectly... Typical Centennial School District.
Dissatisfied August 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I am all for kids having a playground. Willow Dale HSA had to buy their own. Thanks school board for again not being equal to all.
Pamela September 05, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Typical CSB, only the few are entitled. Willow Dale HSA paid for their own playground and I can guarentee it was no where near what this board of idiots just put out!!!
margaret hall October 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Spend,Spend,Spend---This Board does know how to do that--ESPECIALLY when it is not their money and they are keeping up with Council Rock. Warminster area is now an older community with many homeowners like myself living on Social Security. We are being taxed out of our homes!!! Our school tax has gone up over $200 in 2years. It doesn't take a genius to do the math! We are all still dealing with a poor economy. But does the school board take that into consideration? NO! Maybe the board members should go back to math class and then they might realize you need to have the money before you SPEND IT!!!!!!!

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