Sunday, May 19, 2013
Centennial School District will receive more than $20,000 in payment and credit for errors made in the McDonald Elementary School construction.
The contractors in charge of building Centennial School District's new Region 2 Elementary School will cover the costs of heat pump damage and construction debris runoff, an official told Patch. Quakertown-based contractor Penn Builders Inc. has agreed to cover a total of $20,130 in costs stemming from errors made with the projected $28.7 million construction at McDonald Elementary School. The school board, at its recent meeting, approved a credit adjustment of $10,000 for the deductible Centennial paid for heat pump damages. "A welder was doing some work either on the roof or just below the roof and did not take preactuions and set on fire several units," school board member Kati Driban told Patch. "They accepted full responsibility." …
The 24th annual Tyler Tasting Party will be held June 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bucks County Community College's Newtown Campus.
Prepare your taste buds for a feast that comes just once a year. Bucks County Community College’s Tyler Tasting Party will be held June 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The 24th annual event will be held in historic Tyler Hall on the Newtown Campus. The party will feature a range of food prepared by three dozen restaurants, caterers, bakeries and cafes from throughout Bucks County. Participants include The Pineville Tavern, Palate, oWowCow Creamery, Rose Bank Winery, Zebra Striped Whale, La Stalla and more. (See the full list below.) In addition, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of wine and beer. There will be a live auction for guests to bid on vacation destinations, catered dinner parties and other items. A silent auction …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Centennial School Board approved adding fencing around the Davis Elementary School playground.
Davis Elementary School students will be easier to supervise and less likely to fall down the school's steep hill during recess once a perimeter fence is installed, officials said. The Centennial School Board this week approved a $16,500 fencing installation bid from Evergreen Fence Inc., to cover the addition of a fence around the school's playground. "Enclosing the space helps to minimize the likelihood that a student will wander onto an adjacent property," Thomas Golden, the district's assistant facilities manager wrote in an inter office memo. "At the same time the physical barrier decreases the likelihood of unscheduled neighborhood visitors, be they pets or people, during the school day. The fencing prevents students from …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Centennial School Board approved hiring a professional appraiser to determine a value of the former Hart Elementary, the district administrative building and playing fields located on Newtown Road.
Within 90 days, the Centennial School District could know the "value" of several district properties. During Tuesday night's meeting, the board authorized hiring George Sengpiel to conduct appraisals of the former Hart Elementary, which had served as Warminster Township's recreation center for more than 20 years; the current district administrative building; and some soccer fields located on Newtown Road, across the street from the entrance to William Tennent. Sengpiel will be paid $2,200 total for the appraisals, which board member Mark Miller told Patch should be complete within 90 days. Miller said the purpose of the appraisals is to determine a "value" for the land. The board had not yet considered selling the properties, he said. If…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Centennial School Board approved the hiring of Michael Johnson as principal of Klinger Middle School.
The search is over. After spending six months and evaluating two panels of candidates, the Centennial School Board Tuesday night voted unanimously to hire Michael Johnson as Klinger Middle School's principal. Johnson, who currently works as an elementary curriculum specialist for Abington School District, will assume the role effective July 1. He will earn a $123,000 annual salary, according to Christopher Berdnik, the district's business manager. He will replace current Klinger Principal Dennis Best, whom the school board approved as principal of William Tennent High School in January. School board member Mark Miller, who led the principal search committee, said it was the "whole package" that made Johnson stand out as the best person …
Monday, May 13, 2013
One of the proposals on the Centennial School Board agenda for Tuesday is to consider hiring a professional appraiser to evaluate the value of the former Hart Elementary, the district administrative building and playing fields located on Newtown Road.
Before any decisions can be made about the use of properties owned by the Centennial School District, the Ad Hoc Land Use Committee wants to see just how much the real estate is worth. That's the proposal set to be presented to the full board Tuesday night at the regularly scheduled meeting. If approved, George Senpiel will conduct appraisals of the former Hart Elementary, which had served as Warminster Township's recreation center for more than 20 years, the current district administrative building, and some soccer fields located on Newtown Road, across the street from the entrance to William Tennent. The total cost is $2,200. According to the proposal, the appraisals are basically a fact-finding project to determine the value of the land…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Do you think WTHS is a top school?
Newsweek recently ranked the top 2000 high schools in the United States; William Tennent High School did not make the list. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding. You can see the details about the schools in our area that made the cut by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria, including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The scores were tabulated to then determine …
Centennial School District continues it's annual week-long celebration of music and arts.
Centennial kicked off its annual Fine Arts Festival Monday evening with Ensemble Night. The celebration continues through the week, and includes the following events: All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A U.S. District Court Judge gave a former Centennial administrator approval to sue the school district for discrimination and retaliation.
Former William Tennent High School assistant principal Johnna Ithier recently got the green light to sue the Centennial School District from U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, according to Phillyburbs.com. Ithier, as well as seven other administrators (six of them women) had complained or supported complaints against former superintendent Thomas Turnbaugh ranging from discrimination and retaliation to sexual harassment, the story reports. Turnbaugh abruptly resigned from the district in late 2010, after just a little more than a year of service, and the school board made Jennifer Cressman, Turnbaugh’s assistant, the new superintendent. The suit claims that those who complained about Turnbaugh, faced retaliation under Cressman …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Centennial's Assistant Superintendent of Education Joyce Mundy will fill in for Jennifer Cressman while she is on leave from the district, officials say.
Assistant Superintendent of Education Joyce Mundy joined members of the Centennial School Board of Directors at the table Tuesday. Mundy assumed the seat normally occupied by Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Cressman. Rumors have been swirling around the district regarding the possibility of the board wanting to terminate Cressman’s contract. School Board President Andrew Pollock said Mundy will be filling in for Cressman while she is on leave from the district. Pollock said Cressman took leave approximately one week ago to tend to a personal matter. He would not comment on when of if she would return. “That’s a personnel matter,” he said. “We are not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.”