Monday, January 28, 2013
The West Chester School Board will vote on a resolution Monday that says the district will not seek a tax rate increase above 1.7 percent.
The West Chester School Board will vote on a resolution Monday that will limit any tax increase by the district to the Act 1 index of 1.7 percent. Act 1 is a state law that prevents school districts from raising their property taxes above a predetermined rate. For the 2013-14 school year, that rate is 1.7 percent. School districts are allowed to apply to the state for a higher increase rate; however, the school board states in its resolution that it will not seek a tax rate increase above 1.7 percent. Also, the resolution that will be voted on Monday does not raise taxes. Any vote on a tax rate increase would occur in the spring. The school board can pass the resolution stating that they will not raise taxes above 1.7 percent and still …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Members of the West Chester Education Association gathered outside the district's administration office to rally support for a new contract.
The West Chester Education Association held a rally in front of the district’s administration building before Monday night’s school board meeting. “We didn’t get in this for the money,” said teachers’ association president Deb Fell in front of a crowd of district teachers. “All we want is a fair wage.” The education association is in negotiations with the school board for a new teachers’ contract. The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, and last year, the union agreed to freeze its wages saving the district $2.6 million. “When we submitted our first proposal, the union and the board were separated by $25 million,” Fell said. “We’ve moved back $19 million since then. The board still refuses to budge. It’s time …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Rustin High School science olympiad team will compete in a national competition in Florida.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Bayard Rustin High School Science Olympiad team will be one of two high schools representing the state of Pennsylvania at the Science Olympiad National Tournament to be held in Florida on May 18 and 19. A first for Rustin High School, the team achieved this honor by placing second at the Science Olympiad State Final Competition behind Harriton High School of Montgomery County. It has been sixteen years since a WCASD school attended this prestigious national event. Science Olympiad, which began 28 years ago by a group of science teachers, is now one of the most prestigious science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous challenges to nearly 6,400 teams in the nation. The competitions consist of a series of 23 team events …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here's a quick rundown of what happened Monday night at the West Chester School Board Meeting.
Assessment Appeal: The West Chester Area School Board voted on Monday to notify the Pennsylvania State Equalization Board of the district’s objections to the 2010 market values assessed to the district. The State Equalization board is responsible for setting market values on property within a school district. Based on those values the Pennsylvania Department of Education determines how much financial aid to give a district. West Chester is appealing the market value given to them by the Equalization Board in 2010 because it could lead to a reduction in funding from the state by $400,000 or more. On Monday, the school board asked the Equalization Board to reconsider the district’s market value at a hearing to be determined at a later …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Guest speakers will talk about the importance of public education on Friday night.
The League of Women Voters of Chester County will host a panel on public education on Friday, October 21, from 7-9 p.m at the East Goshen Township building. With five guest speakers slated for the event, topics will range from the economic impact of public education as well as how to best take action and become an advocate for your student. Another aim of the panel is to talk about the best ways to keep politics out of public education, and to hear about legislation that is currently being debated across the school district, state and country. Slated to appear on the panel are the Director of Education Policy and Leadership Center, the Director of the Keystone State Eduction Coalition, the head of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
PSSA results were released on September 29. See how the West Chester schools did.
Here are the 2010-2011 math and reading PSSA scored for all the schools in the West Chester school district.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The community budget task force and the lights at Rustin were discussed.
The West Chester school board met on Monday night. Here are the highlights.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Here's an overview of where the money is going and how much.
The West Chester School School Board approved its final budget for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday night. Here's an overview of where the money is going and how much. $198,418,939 That is the school district's projected revenue for next year. The majority of that, almost $140 million, will come from local real estate taxes. Another $20 million will come from the district's earned income tax. The rest comes from other local, state and federal sources with the largest being a seven million dollar chunk from the state labeled "basic education funding." $213,353,366 That number represents the district's total revenue including the general fund balance. $201,651,866 That number is the projected costs for running the district in 2011-…
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The West Chester School Board votes to not raise taxes by 1.4 percent for the next school year.
The West Chester School Board voted to not increase property taxes next year in a 5-4 vote. "I have three children in the district, and to accuse me of putting their education in jeopardy--how dare you," said school board member Dr. Maria Pimley. Around 50 residents, including parents, students and community members, spoke out at the meeting, and the vast majority of them were actually in favor of raising taxes. "Paying taxes is a social contract, and I believe that it's actually patriotic to pay taxes," said West Chester Borough Council member and West Chester school district parent John Manion. "It's an investment in our community." The majority of residents in attendance were in favor of the tax hike because they believed that no …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The West Chester Area School Board is expected to vote on its final 2011-2012 school year budget on Monday.
The West Chester School Board is expected to vote on the final budget for the 2011-2012 school year tomorrow ending an eight-week process. The school board had originally projected a deficit in the neighborhood of one million dollars for next year; however, when Tom Corbett announced his budget cuts for education spending that number swelled to $3.4 million. The school district is expected to cover the deficit by eliminating staff positions through retirement, and also changing the schools' bus and transportation schedule to increase efficiency. Also, the unions in the district agreed to a one-year pay freeze to help alleviate some of the financial burden faced by the district. And while the district is expected to make budget this year, …