Monday, March 4, 2013
Upper Dublin School Board member gets the lead.
Temple Sinai will perform the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical “The Music Man” March 13 -17. The show will be the tenth production since the revitalization of the Temple Sinai Players. Most recently, the Players have performed the Broadway hits “Seussical the Musical”, “Annie”, “Big the Musical,” “Wizard of Oz”, and “Little Shop of Horrors.” The Music Man is the story of Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who comes to River City, Iowa to sell band instruments and uniforms to the town’s children. A conman by trade, he doesn’t know anything about playing music, so he convinces the town’s citizens to buy the instruments to escape the “trouble” that will be caused by the new pool table in town. All are taken in by his charm except Marian …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Upper Dublin School District is still facing a budget deficit; big decisions will likely be made next month.
The Upper Dublin School Board held its first budget-only meeting Monday night, but it looks like significant talks, or action, will happen next month. Upper Dublin School District Business Administrator Brenda Bray presented the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget to the board and to the audience. The dry presentation started at 6 p.m. and ended just before 9 p.m. Boiled down: The school district is facing a budget deficit. Bray’s presentation had a slide that outlined the preliminary budget. The slide showed a total revenue figure of about $84.6 million, and a total expenditure figure of $87.2 million — to close the gap, it assumed the use of about $2.6 million in fund balance, leaving $8,116 in fund balance at the end of June 2014. But…
The Upper Dublin School Board brings up the possibility of an ‘activity fee’ during Monday night’s budget meeting.
Upper Dublin School District Superintendent Michael Pladus called it a “thorny idea,” but he also said, “everything was on the table.” The Upper Dublin School Board reviewed the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget at its meeting Monday night, delving into vocational education to maintenance to student activities. While the 3-hour-plus presentation was rather staid, the “student activities” portion drew some comments from board members. Click here for more info on the preliminary budget. According to district business administrator Brenda Bray, the preliminary budget currently has $1.3 million allocated to “student activities.” The figure is down slightly over the 2011-12 actual expenses. The biggest expenses in this category are …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out what this week will bring in Upper Dublin
Music in our Schools: On Tuesday, Feb. 26 and on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the high school, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation will once again help sponsor the annual concert, featuring student performers from elementary schools, middle school, and high school School Board Meeting with Budget Talks: Money talks Monday night at 6 at Upper Dublin High School at the Upper Dublin School Board meeting. The 26th annual "Touch the Future" Art Exhibition: An ongoing juried exhibit at Arcadia University in Glenside. It began as a memorial to fallen U.S. astronaut Christa McAuliffe. Do you have an event coming up next week? To have it featured in the Week Ahead, post your event here on Upper Dublin Patch and …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Upper Dublin School Board will hold a budget-centric meeting at the high school.
The Upper Dublin School Board didn’t go into depth on the budget before it passed the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget earlier this month, but residents will have a chance to weigh tonight. The Upper Dublin School Board will meet Monday at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room at the high school. According to Katie Braun, the school district’s assistant to the superintendent, the community will have a chance to voice concerns over the budget at the end of the meeting; the meeting will start off with a budget presentation from school district business administrator Brenda Jones Bray. See the proposed agenda in the pdf section. There will be another meeting focusing on the budget March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room. The school district is …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The school board doesn't discuss the budget at length ... but it will on Feb. 25 and March 18.
The Upper Dublin School Board recommended board approval of the 2013-14 preliminary budget at its work session meeting last night … but there wasn’t much said about it. About three weeks ago, the school board presented its proposed preliminary budget. The presentation highlighted a budget deficit, a proposed tax increase and likely “broad and comprehensive” cuts. See the initial story, as well as the then-proposed cuts, here. At last night’s meeting, Upper Dublin School District Superintendent Michael Pladus said, “Not a whole lot has changed in 21 days … Behind the scenes, I can tell you, not a day goes by when we’re not spending hours trying to come up with budgetary reductions.” Richard Petruschke, a Fort Washington resident, was the …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Check out what's on tonight's agenda.
Monday, January 14
The Upper Dublin School Board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. According to the draft agenda, the board will discuss the 2013-14 preliminary budget as well as "district-wide cost reduction plan options." The board will also consider the 2013-14 budget for the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. The next work session meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room. To see the whole agenda, click on the pdf section to the right.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PSSA results show there is still an achievement gap at Upper Dublin School District.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
According to a presentation to the Upper Dublin School Board, there still exists an achievement gap between black and white students on standardized tests. According to Assistant Superintendent Robert Schultz, PSSA reading scores for third grade black students saw a decrease from 2011 scores to 2012. According to a reporting the Ambler Gazette, "To help the groups improve, work will be done with the students during the daily 30-minute response to instruction and intervention period of the day." Third grade math scores were called "excellent" by Schultz in the report, with 94.4 percent of the third grade students achieving proficient or advanced. Fourth grade math scores were the highest scores in Montgomery County and "sixth-grade math …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Upper Dublin Food Services has been working toward complying with administrative guidelines as well as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
At Monday's Upper Dublin School Board Meeting, Food Services Director, Patti Dell'Aringa, and Assistant Food Service Director Melissa Froehlich gave a presentation on the current state of the district's food services, as well as the Nutrition Advisory Committee. Neil Evans, Director of Pupil Services, explained that there are two Food Services Committees: A Wellness Committee, which is an advisory committee for student health issues, and the Nutrition Advisory Committee, which has nine voting members, including four community members, one student member, and four administrative members. Evans said that the community members that were chosen to serve on the committee will be a diverse background to the committee. In background, Dell'Aringa …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Upper Dublin School District will share a number of private school bus runs with Springfield Township School District.
Superintendent Michael Pladus discussed the Upper Dublin and Springfield Township transportation consortium which will begin this school year. Pladus said that there will be a number of shared runs for private school students that are bused outside of the district. However, students that are bused within the district shouldn't see an impact. Business Administrator Brenda Bray said while creating bus routes, the administration took time changes of schools into account, as well as the route and time on the bus and both school districts worked together to make the consortium "as flawless as possible." She added that the biggest concern now is getting information to parents, as Upper Dublin students could be riding on Springfield buses. Pladus…