Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Paul Faulkner was reelected to the Central Bucks School Board; two incumbent township supervisors won the Republican primary.
Here are the results from local contested races in Tuesday's Primary election (winners are in bold): Central Bucks School District Region 5 (all candidates cross filed) Doylestown Township Supervisor (vote for two) Republicans:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Decades in the planning, the stadium for Central Bucks High School East seems to be getting more support, but is the school board willing to pay for it?
To build a stadium or not to build a stadium, that has been the question in CB East since 1999, but now there’s a glimmer of hope. Last month, the Central Bucks School Board agreed to hold a town meeting about the proposed stadium, which was held Tuesday. One of the issues is parity; that is, CB East wants a stadium just as CB West and CB South have theirs. School director Tyler Tomlinson said that building the stadium would go a long way to fulfilling the district's promise to give every Central Bucks student the same education and experiences. "It's really difficult when every game is an away game," Tomlinson said last month, referring to CB East students who must travel to other schools to play. On Tuesday, CB East Principal told the …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Central Bucks School Board this week recognized 10 teachers who have earned National Board Certification.
Ten Central Bucks teachers were honored this week for completing board certification in their subject areas. School board members recognized the teachers Tuesday night at a board meeting. The teachers earned National Board Certification through the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards. The voluntary assessment program is designed to recognize teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do in their subject areas. "This is a pretty big deal," superintendent Dr. Rod Green said, adding that only about 600 or so teachers in the whole state of Pennsylvania are board certified. These 10 join another 50 teachers in Central Bucks who have achieved the certification. District officials said …
Weigh in on whether you support teachers and staff carrying guns in Central Bucks schools.
Ed Mackouse stood before the Central Bucks School Board this week and said that teachers and administrators should carry guns in the district's schools. "Everyone knows that the NRA is right. The only way to stop a gun is with another gun," said Mackouse, 69. "We can’t afford to have too many armed professional guards," continued Mackouse, who lives in Buckingham, "and they’re not as good, they can’t tell the difference" between a threatening individual and parents and other school visitors. So arming teachers and school staff is a good solution, Mackouse said. The nine school board members made no comment on his suggestions Tuesday night, and no official action is on the table for Central Bucks. But state legislators are talking about the…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The calendar for 2013-2014 calls for school to be held on days that Central Bucks has had off in recent years.
Central Bucks students won't have the whole week of Thanksgiving off next year, and they'll be in school on Election Day. They won't start school until after Labor Day, but seventh and tenth graders won't get the school to themselves on their first day. Those are among several changes new superintendent Dr. Rod Green made to next year's school calendar. The tweaks did not win unanimous support from school board members. Though the school calendar for 2013-2014 was approved, it won passage on a 7-2 vote Tuesday night. Board members John Gamble and Kelly Unger voted against the new schedule. Green said he designed the new calendar after hearing input from school principals, district administrators and parents. "Obviously, it doesn’t …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Changes that went into effect this year for Central Bucks' middle schools will remain in effect next year, as well.
Students who will be attending Central Bucks middle schools next fall will continue to have the same six-period school days that middle schoolers have this year. Administrators said this week that Central Bucks will stick to the new schedule at its five middle schools for the 2013-2014 school year. "We're about to start the scheduling process at the middle school level," Dr. Rodney Green said Tuesday at a school board meeting. "So I wanted to make sure that everyone knew we were continuing with the six-period schedule." The decision comes nearly a year after hundreds of angry parents, teachers and students packed the school board meeting room to protest a decision to cut a class period from the middle school day. In February 2012, the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Central Bucks School Board on Tuesday formally approved new buzz-in entry systems for the district's 23 schools.
The Central Bucks School Board on Tuesday night approved the installation of new buzz-in security systems at all the district's schools. The vote was a formality. School administrators began the process while schools were closed for the holidays, installing a test system at Linden Elementary School in Doylestown Borough. Since then, the systems have been installed at six or seven of the district's 23 schools, Superintendent Dr. Rodney Green said Tuesday night. The remaining elementary and middle schools are expected to be finished by the end of next week, he said. The seven school board members present at Tuesday's meeting voted unanimously in favor of the project. "I was thrilled about the buzzer system," said Tyler Tomlinson, who …
Central Bucks is moving forward with a plan to secure the entrances to its schools.
In the wake of the massacre at a Connecticut grade school in December, parents, teachers and school administrators across the country turned their thoughts, again, to school security. In Central Bucks, new superintendent Dr. Rodney Green and school board members reviewed the district's approach to security and decided to make some changes. Those changes will be discussed at the Central Bucks school board meeting Tuesday night. Among them is a new secure entryway system now being installed at the district's elementary and middle schools. The new entry system that requires visitors to be buzzed into the buildings was installed at Linden Elementary School in Doylestown Borough during the holiday vacation, according to the report Green plans …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Leslie Carson says nutrition, movement, and stress-reduction will lead to better student, staff performance
Leslie Carson says she has a sure cure for what ails the Central Bucks School District. Want to improve already impressive test scores? Want to reduce absenteeism among students and employees? Want to cut healthcare costs? Want to ease stress, increase focus, and promote positive behaviors? The answer, Carson told the CB School Board Tuesday night, is to get behind a comprehensive wellness program for students, teachers and staff members. ”It will take leadership and dedication to the subject,” said Carson. “I can’t make it happen...I’m just a mom. We need (new superintendent) Dr. (Rod) Green and the school board to put a measurable plan into effect.” Green, a fitness buff who recently completed his first marathon at age 56, said the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The schedule could change again if winter weather forces more cancellations.
- Joe Ferry
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Central Bucks School District students will make up only three of the five days lost to Superstorm Sandy. After prolonged discussion Tuesday night, the school board voted 7-1 to re-schedule February 1 and April 1 from staff development days to regular class days, and to make June 19 the last day of school. Employees, including teachers, will make up all five days. Superintendent Dr. Rodney Green said he reluctantly recommended cutting the two instructional days after hearing from parents and staff members that the school year already extends too far into June, when hot weather and un-air conditioned schools make for a lousy learning environment. “It’s probably less than ideal,” he admitted. “In some respects, you would like to say we’ll …