Sunday, April 21, 2013
The proposed real estate taxes have been decreased from the originally proposed 4.4 percent, but not by much.
Lower Merion Township property owners may be facing a 3.82 percent school tax increase for the 2013-14 school year. Main Line Media News reports that the "total expenditures in the 2013-14 budget is estimated at $221,634,342 which is down from $222,134,342 in the budget released in February. It is, however, still an increase in the current 2012-13 school year of $212,809,404 in spending." Business manager for the Lower Merion School District Victor Orlando said that "a property in Lower Merion with an average assessed value of $250,680 would have a tax bill of $5,887 this year. Under the new budget figures presented Monday night, the new tax bill would be $6,112. That represents a total tax hike of $225 for that home with the medium …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Friends of Harriton Crew is having a Name the Boat fundraiser.
The Friends of Harriton Crew is having a Name the Boat auction fundraiser for new boats that were just purchased. The closing date for bids for this fundraiser is Sunday, April 21. Email TerriLGrossman@gmail.com by 12 p.m. on April 21 with your name and bid.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Two private schools petitioned for and received traffic calming twice a day.
Drivers travelling through the intersection of Montgomery and Morris avenues may have recently noticed themselves slowing down. A new 15-mph school zone was recently installed with signs and flashing lights that slow traffic from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 3:50 p.m. on weekdays. "The new school zone along Montgomery and Morris avenues slows down traffic, making it safer for school students at Baldwin and Shipley as well as Bryn Mawr and Harcum colleges," said Lower Merion Commissioner Scott Zelov. "With many students crossing the busy intersection at the beginning and end of the school day this new school zone is a welcome and overdue safety improvement in our community." The project came about through a joint effort of the Baldwin School …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Finding $1 million in the school district's budget would bring it to about 3.8 percent.
Lower Merion School District officials are working to reduce the 4.4 percent tax hike proposed with the 2013-14 preliminary budget. Business manager Victor Orlando said the district could reduce contracted services by about a half-million dollars, according to Main Line Media News. The newspaper continues: On the revenue side, the district estimates that it expects to bring in an additional half-million dollars in taxes that had not been anticipated. “If it’s around a million, it would bring [the tax increase] down to somewhere between 3.8 or 3.9 percent,” Orlando said. Contracted services can include areas such as technology and operations. According to Supt. Chris McGinley, the district is current spending more on transportation because …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
School will hold open house on April 18.
Mark your calendars, parents—The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr will host an open house on April 18 at 9 a.m. The Baldwin School is a private, independent, all-girls school in Bryn Mawr, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Increasing the Lower Merion High School choice area is also being discussed.
Ways to reduce an estimated 4.4 percent tax increase and discussions about increasing the Lower Merion High School choice area are two of the major topics discussed by Lower Merion School District Superintendent Christopher McGinley in a letter posted Wednesday on the school district's website. In McGinley's spring update to LMSD families, he also mentions recent studies of district elementary schools, with maximizing instructional time a primary goal. The district aims "...to make the elementary school day a more organized experience so that students who receive support or enrichment services outside of the regular classroom are not missing new instruction," he writes. Elementary school principals will be recommending changes to the …
A silent auction will be held at the Overbrook Golf Club to help support technology at Gladwyne Elementary School.
On April 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Gladwyne Elementary School will host a live and silent auction to help support technology at the school. Tickets are now $60. The event will be held at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova. For more information, visit the school's website here.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Proud parents (and students) can get the word out whenever they want, via Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch's homepage and daily email newsletter.
Your kid's finishing high school and has chosen a college, maybe even a major. It's big news in your household, obviously. And it's news here, too, at Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch, where every item in our community Announcements section is posted by Patch users with something to share. Sometimes it's a college enrollment, or an all-star team selection, or a hiring, promotion, retirement, birthday or anniversary. Pretty much anything goes, and it couldn't be simpler to post. Once you've submitted your announcement, a Patch editor will be automatically notified, at which point it can be featured on the homepage and in the next morning's daily Patch email newsletter. You may see it linked on Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch's Facebook and/or Twitter, …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Jeff Sacks wants to keep the Valley Forge Elementary School tennis courts from being removed.
Baldwin School Tennis coach Jeff Sacks wants to keep the Valley Forge Elementary School tennis courts from being removed, and he's willing to put his money where his mouth is. "To prevent demolition of the tennis courts, I will pay for any and all costs to maintain the courts at Valley Forge Elementary school," Sacks wrote in an email to Patch. The offer comes in response to Tredyffrin-Easttown School District's plans to remove the courts to avoid maintenance costs and offset new parking spaces at the school. A demolition scheduled for March 23 was postponed hours beforehand in response to a community outcry. Sacks lives within walking distance of the courts and plays on them frequently. He said the courts are necessary for people like him…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The school's dean of admissions and interim dean of enrollment is leaving her post.
Laurie Koehler, dean of admissions and interim dean of enrollment at Bryn Mawr College, is leaving the school, reports Philly.com. Earlier this month, the college’s board of trustees announced that Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe would step down June 30. According to Philly.com, "There have been other high-profile administrative departures this academic year. Jenny Rickard, chief enrollment and communications officer, left in the fall. Elliott Shore, the chief information officer, also departed in the fall. And Donna Frithsen, who had been serving as a senior fund-raising adviser, left this winter to become associate vice president for advancement for Drexel's College of Medicine."