The Montgomery County Bomb Squad and Police converged on North Penn High School for the report of two suspicious water bottles. A teacher saw the first bottle just before 7:30 in the morning Wednesday behind a parked security vehicle in the back off the building. The school was not evacuated. The bomb squad used a pellet gun to open a hole in the bottle and tests later determined the substance did not pose any danger. The second suspicious bottle was discovered just before 2:30pm in a part of the parking lot. The bomb squad took the bottle to conduct tests on the contents. police and school district officials say charges will be filed against the person or persons who left the bottles outside the school.
The Wissahickon School District is laying off five support staff workers as well as a school nurse classified as a temporary professional. The school board approved the furloughs Monday night. In addition, another support staff employee and school nurse were demoted. The job actions are the result of a staff realignment made necessary by the pending closure of Mattison Elementary School in Ambler. District officials say attempts were made to find jobs for the laid off employees. They also say those affected could be recalled during the next school year if a position opens for them.
The weather prevented graduation ceremonies from going forward Tuesday night, but Wednesday night presented a picture perfect backdrop of sunshine and blue skies as 973 seniors at North Penn High School received their diplomas. School Board President, Vince Sherpinsky, encouraged the 2013 North Penn Graduates to pursue their dreams, invest in themselves and never forget their roots.