Friday, May 17, 2013
Elementary school lunch prices will remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will remain at $3.25 for Council Rock School District students.
Council Rock elementary and middle school students will pay the same for lunch next year. Council Rock Director of Business Administration Rob Reinhart on Thursday presented the board with the lunch prices for the 2013-2014 school year. "All the costs of student lunches are going to remain the same," Reinhart said. Elementary school lunch prices will likely remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will likely remain at $3.25. The only increases will be for four items on the high schools' extensive a la carte menu, which includes paninis, soups, tacos and more. Superintendent Mark Klein praised Chartwells, the company handles food service in the district. "Our partnership with Chartwells continues to be one of the best independent …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Check out the top stories from the past week on Northampton Patch.
A look at the top news that made headlines this week in Northampton: Newsweek Ranks Council Rock South 539 in U.S., 20th in PA Council Rock South came in 20th in the state in Newsweek's list of the nation's top 2,000 public high schools. Northampton Democrats Announce Endorsements The Northampton Democratic Committee this week announced its endorsements for the upcoming local election. $525K Richboro Home Among Recent Sales A look at homes that recently sold in Northampton. Man DUI Leaves Scene of Accident, Police Say An Ivyland man who got into an accident last Tuesday was driving under the influence and left the scene before officers arrived, Northampton Township Police Department said.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Council Rock hosts a night of jazz music Friday at Newtown Middle School.
Students from Northampton will participate in the Council Rock Jazz Night event this Friday. The event will be held in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. It will be the 13th year for the Jazz Night festival, according to organizers. Admission is free and open to the public. All are welcomed to attend. All Council Rock elementary, middle and high school jazz bands will be peforming. There wil lbe performances by Maureen M. Welch, Newtown, Rolling Hills, and Hillcrest Elementary Schools; Holland, Newtown and Richboro Middle Schools; and Council Rock High Schools North and South.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This week in Northampton, Council Rock officials said they were surprised that South wasn't included on the U.S. News and World Report ranking that put North at 13 and a man tried to lure a 13-year-old girl on Buck Road, police say.
Man Attempts to Lure Teenage Girl on Buck Road, Police Say A 13-year-old girl said she was walking on Buck Road Monday when a white man said 'pretty girl come here,' according to Northampton Township police. School Board Approves $209.4M Preliminary Budget If the final budget is passed as drafted, the owner of an average assessed home in Council Rock would pay $55 more next year. District Officials 'Surprised' South Not Ranked by Magazine Council Rock North was 13th in the state on a recent U.S. News and World Reports ranking of top 40 high schools in Pennsylvania. Council Rock South didn't make the list. Race for Christina Will Support Friedreich's Ataxia Research Local resident Catherine Logan is organizing the Race for Christina on May …
Friday, May 3, 2013
If the final budget is passed as drafted, the owner of an average assessed home in Council Rock would pay $55 more next year.
The Council Rock School Board on Thursday approved a preliminary 2013-2014 budget that, if passed without changes, would mean a tax increase of $55 for the average household. The $209.4 million preliminary budget as drafted calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, which is under the 1.7 percent cap regulated by the state’s Act 1 Index. Director of Business Administration Robert Reinhart is recommending the district use $2.45 million of its $29 million fund balance to make up for the projected $5.8 million deficit. The tax increase would net the district an estimated $1.78 million towards the deficit, plus more than 25 retirements and resignations will save the district $1.2 million in salaries, he explained. But several board members said …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Council Rock North was 13th in the state on a recent U.S. News and World Reports ranking of top 40 high schools in Pennsylvania. Council Rock South didn't make the list.
Council Rock School District officials say the process by which U.S. News and World Reports used to assess high schools left Council Rock High School South out of a list that ranked the district’s other high school 13th in the state. Superintendent Mark Klein, in a email sent via the district’s list serve, said the administration was “surprised” South was not ranked by the publication. “Historically, our high schools rank in close proximity to one another when assessed in these comparative studies,” he said. According to U.S. News & World Report's assessment, which was published in April, Council Rock North is the highest ranked high school in Bucks County. South wasn't included on the list of the top 40 high schools in the state. However…
The $209.4 million budget calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, or $55 for the median assessed home in Council Rock.
Council Rock School Board members will weigh in Thursday on a $209.4 million preliminary budget that proposes a tax increase of $55 for the average household. The proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, or $55 for the median assessed home in Council Rock. The budget keeps general fund expenditures "mostly flat" with two exceptions—the district's pension contribution and the addition of six staff positions, according to district officials. The school district’s share of the contribution to the Public School State Retirement System (PSERS) will increase by $2.3 million for a total contribution of $18.4 million dollars, according to administrators. The six additional staff positions are recommended …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Council Rock North was named in the top-40 Pennsylvania high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Council Rock South did not make the list.
Council Rock High School North has been ranked amongst the top 40 high schools in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. Council Rock South was not included in the top 40, according to the report. North, located in Newtown, was ranked 13 in the state. U.S. News joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. The top-ranked school is Julia R. …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A look at the top news this week in Northampton.
A look at the top headlines this week in Northampton: Panic Buttons to be Installed at All Council Rock Schools Council Rock School District will spend $20,575 to install a district-wide panic button system as part of a plan to enhance school security. Police Warn of Computer Virus Scam According to police, the scam involves a caller who claims to work for Windows or Microsoft and says they have detected a virus or problems with your computer. Driver of Car With Four Flat Tires Charged with DUI According to police, several reports were received on March 26 that someone was driving a car with four flat tires. The driver was later charged with DUI. Cocktail Fundraiser Will Support Retinal Blindness Research Cocktails for the Cure, which will…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Council Rock School District will spend $20,575 to install a district-wide panic button system as part of a plan to enhance school security.
Council Rock is moving forward on a plan to install silent panic buttons at all district schools. On Thursday, the Council Rock School Board approved spending $20,575 on the panic buttons. The district will hire Fire and Security Technologies (FAST) to install the equipment in all schools, the Chancellor Center, the district's facility at Law School Admissions, the SAIL House and the maintenance facility at Twining Ford Road, Superintendent Mark Klein said. The panic buttons are part of a series of security enhancements being recommended by the administration. Other recommendations include improved visitor controls, facility improvements, intervention and increased staffing. The administration based their recommendations on suggestions …