North Penn School District officials Wednesday night held an open house at the high school to put the spotlight on their efforts to take some of the pressure off taxpayers. Innovation Celebration II featured more than 80 displays full of money saving ideas, proposed revenue enhancements and investments in productivity. District officials hope some of them will get into the mix in time to help close a deficit in the budget for the next school year.
Souderton borough council has rezoned the old Souderton High School property. The 20-acres now constitute a mixed use redevelopment district. The new designation is alot like the high school redevelopment overlay which preceded it but the underlying residential and commercial zoning have been combined with other uses to maximize redevelopment potential. Borough officials say as far as they know, the school district has no buyer for the property currently but council wants to be ready with the right zoning when one steps forward. The school district had an $11,000,000 agreement of sale on the property three-and-a-half years ago but the deal fell apart.
North Penn School District administrators are looking for ways to cut spending in the budget for the new school year, but a deal to share busing costs for private school students with neighboring districts is not one of them.
A student from Towamencin Township is accused of stealing a scale at North Penn High School. 18-year-old Matthew Dinenno is charged with theft and marijuana possession. Police say school security saw him taking the scale, valued at $550, from a closet and they found it in his vehicle parked outside the school along with a small amount of marijuana. Dinenno was arraigned before a district justice and released on $1,000 unsecured bail.