District to Explore Closing a School

The West Chester Area School District will explore closing a school with a final vote to be made Dec. 17.

The West Chester School Board Property and Finance Committee discussed the impact closing one of the district’s 10 elementary schools would have on the community Monday.

“We need to ask ourselves if this something we feel is good for the kids of the district,” said school board member Sean Carpenter.  “And if its not, then that and that alone should be the reason we don’t close a school.”

The school district is exploring closing one of the elementary schools as a way to save approximately $1.3 million.

This is an emotional issue for a lot of people,” said district superintendent Dr. Jim Scanlon.  “We also need to explore other ways we could save the district money.”

Last year, as part of the Community Budget Task Force, a committee of district parents and residents suggested that one of the way the district could save money is by consolidating space and possibly closing one school.

The committee suggested four schools that could be closed with the least amount of impact: East Bradford, Fern Hill, Glen Acres and Mary C. Howse.

Dr. Scanlon made it clear Monday that the school board is merely exploring the possibility of closing a school, and that if a school should be closed it would not be until the 2016-17 school year.

Dr. Scanlon also added that the school district lines that determine which students go to which schools must be redrawn anyway.  He added that if the district doesn’t close a school those changes would go into effect in 2015.

The Property and Finance Committee also released a schedule of meetings where the school closing will be discussed.

  • Oct. 31 - Data collection sent to the space consolidation committee
  • Nov. 7 - Space Consolidation Committee makes any changes to data, writes new impact statement based on new data.
  • Nov. 19 - Update provided to Property and Finance Committee
  • Nov. 26 - Formal data presented to the entire school board
  • Dec. 17 - Board makes decision about space consolidation (whether or not to close a school)


“As a parent I wouldn’t want my child’s school to be closed,” said school board member Ed Coyle.  “If we go through with this we’ll have a million parents from that school in here, and they have the right for their opinions to be considered.

Star Thrower October 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
At 10:26 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Nona wrote - "Child molesters never think they've done anything wrong. Sandusky will croak in prison. Good. He's left his victims in their own kind of prison." Gee Nona ... is that the way you think of pedophile teachers also?
TheSilentMasses October 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Wow, now we're accusing most teachers of being child molesters. This person's credibility just keeps growing. So let's see - unionized teachers are universally greedy thugs who are inept at their job whilst molesting children for a pasttime. Yeah, that seems pretty reasonable, not like the ramblings of someone who is completely bat-sh1t crazy. This is great stuff, please continue responding to posts ST, I am cracking up!
Star Thrower October 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
You might be accusing MOST teachers of being child molesters, I am quoting what has been rated as the 4th most Liberal online media feeds as stating "one in ten", which comes to 10% for you math-challenged union propagandists ... but hey, why worry if it's only 10% right?? According to Slate Magazine online, one in 10 students said they had been the victim of peeping in the locker room, and sexual touching or grabbing from a teacher or other school employee, and two-thirds of those reported the incident involved physical contact. If these numbers are representative of the student population nationwide, 4.5 million students currently in grades K-12 have suffered some form of sexual abuse by an educator, and more than 3 million have experienced sexual touching or assault. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/02/is_sexual_abuse_in_schools_very_common_.html If you need the Berks County details, let me know, I have names, dates, and links ... nothing personal, I simply despise union hatred for right to work laws.
Steve Maher October 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Now the school board is looking to close a school because of the Corbett/Truitt budget cuts. These cuts have also resulted in a 1.7% tax increase on West Chester area residents, 21 furloughed teachers, and now parents have to pay as much as $200 for extra curricular activities. At the same time Truitt voted for his own pay increase and healthcare benefit increase. We are literally paying for Dan Truitt's mistakes.
Steve Maher October 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM
What are cyber charter schools like PALCS hiding? Our tax dollars are going to people that are making a profit off of education. Dan Truitt is against this bill that would make these schools more transparent to their school districts. http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-10/news/34343794_1_charter-law-charter-schools-public-access
Jacky October 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Nona for President!! I'm cyber high fiving you! (Hmm.. not the same as if I high fived you in person, is it?) Kudos!
TheSilentMasses October 17, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Truly bombshell reporting here, I think you've blown the cover on a huge news story! Oh, wait, those rates are the same as those found in the general population, less actually than that suffered by females on average. Maybe teachers are protecting some of these kids!
Star Thrower October 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Show me your proof or at least a link of another specific occupation other than teachers where student molestation is over 10% ... oh yeah, you can't ... the whole reasoning here is get rid of brick and mortar schools, and you eliminate a minimum of 3 million teacher/student molestations. Your statement that teachers are saving students from sexual abuse by not molesting them, is actually too pathetic for a response .. let me guess, you're a male teacher who thinks of himself as exactly such a savior.
Bored in WC October 17, 2012 at 01:52 AM
@Steve Maher: PALCS is a non-profit cyber charter school, they are not making money, they live Unipay check to Unipay check. Nice link. No where in this press release is there a statement from Truitt, no mention or statement that indicates that Truitt is against this transparency, nor does it report that Truitt was contacted for comment on this legislation. Why beat up on someone who isn't even mentioned? You have a serious problem dude. And for the record, Truitt is FOR transparency.
TheSilentMasses October 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
You know what, maybe you're on to something. Tell me more about these cyber schools, how do they work? Who runs them? Who are the teachers? If you give me some good information I'll start spreading the word.
Steve Maher October 17, 2012 at 03:43 AM
The Corbett/Truitt policies have cut education programs, raised property taxes, possibly closing a school, and is giving our tax dollars to unregulated charter schools! Just look at your tax bill!
BrynnF October 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
If you look at all the comments she's made on articles, she always manages to bring it back to child molestation. I think we've found our answer as to why she is such an angry and hateful person, clearly she has some first hand experience. We should feel sorry for her. Star Thrower, get yourself in for some serious counseling. All the online anger in the world is not going to make the terrible memories go away. Go direct that anger where it truly belongs.
BrynnF October 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Bored, while the school itself may be non-profit, the management companies that provide services to these schools certainly are not. They get paid huge salaries and other fees that make what teachers get paid look like peanuts. And the charter school lobby/Corbett have been pushing hard to make their records exempt from Right to Know. Don't know how Truitt feels about this, but I think his kids attend PALCS and his buddy Gwenne Alexander is on the board--no conflict of interest there!
BrynnF October 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
In fact, I just saw a report on CNN this morning that said of the degree required professions, those in the field of education are the LOWEST paid. Now I know this is not Fox News so you may not believe it, but CNN did not conduct the study, they just reported it.
Star Thrower October 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hee hee another WC Vote faux psychologist (BrynF sounds too much like Kaliner, with yet another screen name) trying to distance the teachers union (her main source of income) from the sexual abuse that's becoming a ever-growing thorn in their side - you girls are having a little problem, yes?? - have a look at this morning's DLN, and you will see yet another case of teacher/student sexual abuse nearby (in the news), this time in Coatesville ...  http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20121017/NEWS01/121019650/coatesville-teacher-sentenced-in-case-involving-former-student think about it .. 10% of teachers guilty of teacher/student sexual abuse is no laughing matter .. but of course you will have the WC Vote teachers association doing everything in their power to shoot the messenger ... doesn't matter the truth is still there, and the longer you allow parasitic abusers to have a place to practice their lecherous addictions, the more it will grow .. and don't get the idea that it's only male teachers, the berks county incidents involved 2 female teacher/abusers. the only way to stop teacher/student sexual abuse, along with removing the extremely conducive atmosphere for bullying, and that is to start closing brick & mortar schools in favor of cyber home-schooling .. this along with the extreme waste of money on unnecessary transportation costs fuel & repair bills, unnecessary building upkeep retrofit, remodeling, maintenance etc
Star Thrower October 17, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The reason teaching is the lowest paid of the (what YOU call) professions (actually it's not close to being a profession) is because any upper double-digit IQ'd doofus can easily qualify for that "PROFESSION" ... can you name any other authentic profession which has it's pay dictated by a law which threatens eviction if you do not pay their salary??? lol - you are some kidder twisted sister.
Star Thrower October 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
We are hoping for not just one school closing, but four ... after all it is a failed district which can not reach a simple AYP goal .. and it was Obama cutting the temporary stimulus who is responsible for your obsessive compulsive little girl whining .. grow up Maher
nona October 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
You stalking me, star tosser?
edufan October 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Interested in knowing how well charter and cybers schools are doing in PA. FOllow this link. http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.blogspot.com/2011/11/pa-cyber-charter-pssa-ayp-2007-2011.html
edufan October 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
st once again you are delusional. WCASD is not a failed district and it is not a simple AYP goal. You are such a champion of cyber schools, so read the article in the link below. I cannot wait to read how you twist those facts around.
Star Thrower October 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I don't believe you get the point of the topic, which is to explore closing a "BRICK & MORTAR" school - are you advocating closing a brick & mortar cyber school? The other point which I believe has already been made is that there can be no teacher/student sexual abuse in a cyber school, not to mention the extreme waste of money on unnecessary transportation costs fuel & repair bills, unnecessary building upkeep retrofit, remodeling, maintenance etc. - you seem to have a problem grasping these essential reasons for closing schools - the AYP failed schools were simply a beginning point .. I advocate closing ALL the brick & mortar schools eventually - when all B&M schools are closed, we will then be able to concentrate on pure learning, and rid the education world of the AYP system that causes unionists so much despair.
edufan October 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Again.....read the link about how well cyber school is working. I DO NOT want MY tax dollars going to failed cyber schools. Going all cyber, and I think that's what you're yelling about because you obviously either own one or are trying to own one will be a disaster for this country. Cyber is appropriate for only a small percentage of people, not the general masses. It is important to interact with peers in order to learn appropriate social skills. It is obvious to me and to many others who have had to deal with your hateful dialogue that you must have been "educated" is an isolated environment, because you obviously do not know how to be polite or respectful with those that do not agree with your views.
edufan October 20, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Hey, S....Thrower. What is with this "We are hoping for not just one school closing, but four...." nonsense. I do know that Maureen Snook, a WCASD board member is all for closing schools in the district. Does this mean that I have finally outed Star Thrower??
Star Thrower October 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
With Cyber .. kids have much more time to interact with peers of their own, as well as their parents choosing .. they also spend much less time clogging the roads with needless traffic ... that alone is a monumental gift to society when you think of the never-ending environmental damage caused by maintaining the archaic monuments dedicated to having our children's minds and bodies violated by depraved educators ... and of course there is also the pandemic issue which is once again making itself known in the news this morning, to which our children are unceasingly subjected. I would be interested in what you seemingly think are appropriate social skills for children who are forced to be in dangerously close proximity to the very real threats I have mentioned.  Nice also, to see you plagiarizing my words (a nice little trait you have picked up), against supporting failed schools, however it only makes sense to close the decayed brick & mortars first, while we concentrate on the more easily repairable cybers. Lastly, hateful is such a subjective term these days ... another example of a meaningless placebo used exclusively by the non-creative among us, trying to validate a worthless life. Snook?? please .. you spend a lot of time obsessing about my name, even while you hide like a sad little spawn trying desperately to become something ... lol
Cathy Binder October 22, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Funny, just reading the Delco Times. A cyber teacher was posting and said they were a joke. Said you can't compare them to a real brick and mortar school. Said they do their best, but they are not the same. Seems Star that those who teach there have a different perspective. So, it raises questions in my mind. What I do agree with though is that as you have very limited social skills and a very limited ability to interact on a civil basis with people. If that is what cyber would bring us, then say we should run for the doors. I for one want my kids in the most diverse setting possible. The world is full of all kinds of people. They will live and work in a global community. Any time I can yank them away from their stupid Ipad's, phones and computers all the better. Computers are a tool, not a companion and human interaction is the sweetness of life. I can only say you would be a much more well balanced human if you tried it.
edufan October 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Cathy, Very well stated. and S Thrower? Thank you, once again, for demonstrating disrepect and hate as evidenced by your name calling in your previous post. The tea partyers must love having you as a representative. I, on the other hand, do not love having you as a representative of our school board. You did not even bother to reply to my assertion concerning closing of a school; only that I cited YOUR comment. You understand citations as you do that quite a bit.
RoxyD October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
People with the mentality of ST are not concerned with the quality of educating children they only care about paying less taxes. They hide behind "bullying" but they are the ones doing the bullying. ST doesn't even live in West Chester. She lives in Philly. My guess would be that she gets paid by some right wing organization for spreading her venom.
Star Thrower October 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
What you saw binder is a screen name which has no proof whatsoever of the slightest affiliation with a cyber school - what you saw is a person identical to yourself who claims many things, but has no proof of anything ... just opinions - yes, human interactions "CAN BE" the sweetness of life, but a teachers union has no interaction with life binder .. a teachers union exists separate from human life binder .. a teachers union separates its members from the rest of humanity binder .. a teachers union exists to bribe corrupt legislators, and to evict the poor from their homes, and use the foreclosure money to inflate their pension funds binder - lastly, a teachers union has a growing % of members (1 in 10 by a recent estimate) who are without question, sexual predators ... if this is your idea of the sweetness of life, chester county should take up a collection to get you help - its pretty obvious now that you are the multi-named ancient lemon dancer .. 7dPrincess - into the cheap wine again last night .. yes?
Star Thrower October 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Take a look at yourself edufan .. begging to be name-called when there was actually none is pathetic - but happy to see that at least you two have confirmed the need for kids to be separated from the sexual predators masquerading as teachers .. let's see, you seem to have forgotten the absurdly imbecilic statement that you want to close Cyber brick and mortar schools .. you seem to have forgotten that the tax money you are whining about is supplied to you on the back of the private sector, while the illustrious education blob had borrowed the country into oblivion .. and now you would like your plagiaristic comments to be called citations ... lol .. hilarious!!
Star Thrower October 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
oxy, please take note that just because I am able to prove a "GANG of 3" bullies has jello where a brain should reside, does not make me a bully .. you are correct though, I do not live in west chester, I do however live in the WCASD, and I do pay taxes .. I see you have also quit taking your smart pills - are you Steve Maher's husband?


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