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 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Centennial School Board this week appointed an architect to prepare a feasibility study to determine the best use for the district's administration building.
In conjunction with appraisals being conducted for several Centennial School District properties, the school board this week authorized a $3,500 feasibility study of its administration building. The goal, according to board member Kati Driban, is to determine the best use for the district's 78,830-square-foot building, a former elementary school situated on 16 acres on Centennial Road in Warminster Township. Because of its previous life as a school, Driban said administrators have much more space than they need. "You have spaces that were designed to be a classroom and you have a single person in there," Driban said of administrative offices. "You have essentially most of a classroom taken up with a single administrator." What do you …
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…
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…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Days lost from Hurricane Sandy forced the district to reduce the end of March break down to two days. Any vacations scheduled for that week before Dec. 12 will not have to adhere to district policy and obtain the statement of educational benefit.
The power outages caused by the destructive wind and rain of Hurricane Sandy closed Centennial schools for four days. By Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman's calculation, the loss of those instructional days would move the end of the school year to June 27, and the area has yet to encounter the bulk of winter weather. It is for that reason that the school board accepted the proposal to reduce the planned end-of-March spring break down from six days to only two. Now, instead of a stretch of vacation starting Monday, March 25 and ending Monday, April 1, Centennial schools will be closed only on Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, March 29. The change means that June 20, 2013, remains the last scheduled day of school. The two days were maintained …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The public was invited to drop off donations at the public schools during the month of November.
Six, large cardboard boxes filled to the top with clothing and sitting in the parking lot of a warehouse in Warrington proved once again how generous Centennial students and their families can be. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy finished its destructive rampage through the Mid-Atlantic region, Centennial administration invited the public to donate gently used and new clothes, coats, blankets and other items and drop them of one of the three elementary schools, Willow Dale, McDonald or Davis. After three to four weeks of collection, the call for help generated between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. That's the estimation School Board Director Michael Hartline made as he used a forklift to load each of the six palettes onto a delivery truck headed for…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Foundation Receives Grants as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) for Innovative Educational Enrichment Programs.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Centennial Education Foundation (CEF) announced it has received three grant awards totaling $34,500 as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Members of the CEF presented to the school board Tuesday night a check for $27,600 from those funds to benefit the school district's math enrichment program. The funding was provided by grants from Hatboro Federal Savings for $30,000, $2,500 from Giant Food Stores and $2,000 from Fulton Bank. Businesses receive a tax credit for participating in the program, creating an opportunity for businesses to positively affect children as well as fulfill community support. “We are thrilled to be the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Centennial students brought in their own used blankets, pillows and towels and donated them to the Wet Nose Rescue organization to give foster dogs a warm bed.
She calls them her failures. When Kim Leslie received each of her four dogs, it was supposed to be temporary situations. When it came time to find them a permanent home, however, she just could not do it. Here most recent keeper, Bentley, was four months old when he was found in a commercial dumpster on Frankford Avenue. "I just didn't want to give them up," said the Feasterville resident. Such is the danger of being a foster owner for shelter dog, one that Leslie says requires a certain mindset to overcome, but nobody's perfect. As founder of the Wet Nose Rescue, she and her team of approximately 25 foster families have helped hundreds of abandoned or abused dogs find homes over the past five years. It's their job to feed them and keep …
Friday, November 2, 2012
With four unexpected days off from school before the arrival of winter weather, Centennial officials are mindful of what the effects will be on the rest of the school year.
After four days of weathering Hurricane Sandy and working to restore power in the aftermath, Centennial schools were back in session Friday morning. (The only exception was Klinger Middle School, which experienced more electrical problems late Thursday night and was forced to remain closed.) As the students get back to the daily grind after a brief and unexpected respite, administrators are looking at what effect the four-day interruption will have on the school calendar. Pennsylvania statutes require public schools to complete 180 days of instruction before July 1. According to Centennial's 2012-2013 calendar, June 20, 2013 is marked as the final day of class for students. Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman stated in e-mailed comments that…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The district canceled classes as neighborhoods continue recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy has forced the Centennial School District to close all schools on Wednesday, officials announced on Tuesday. Classes at MBIT have also been canceled, as well as all after school activities and meetings. Offices will remain open and staff should report at normal times, according to an announcement posted on the district website. Thousands of residents in Warminster, Ivyland and Upper Southampton continue to be without power following the hurricane.