Former North Penn High School Music Dir. Passes Away

A man who was credited with bringing national attention to North Penn High School’s marching band has passed away at the age of 66. Steve Frederick’s love of music blossomed at West Chester University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music. Frederick also earned a master’s degree in secondary school administration at Villanova. Frederick was a music teacher in the Colonial and Central Bucks School District’s, influencing many students. But his creative energies would have the greatest impact at North Penn High School. Frederick was North Penn’s band director from 1971 until 1990. In 1992, Frederick was named principal at Penndale Junior High School. Frederick would return to North Penn as assistant principal in 1995 and become principal in 2000, retiring in 2003. Frederick was a frequent host on WNPV AM-1440. Steve Frederick passed away Saturday after a long fight with cancer.

North Penn HS To Remember Steve Frederick

The life of Steve Frederick will be remembered Saturday. Frederick passed away last Saturday at the age of 66. He was instrumental as band director in bringing the North Penn High School Marching Band to national prominence. Davis Giersch, who will conduct the music tomorrow, was with Steve during his last moments and someone in the room asked………..

“Steve, what song would you like to hear, we’re talking about Steve Frederick. So you’re thinking he’d like to hear Stars and Stripes. His response was Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog. So even up to the very end, his sense of humor was always there.”


Giersch was a guest on the AM-Edition this morning with Darryl Berger. Tomorrow’s tribute to Steve Frederick gets underway at North Penn High School at 2pm. A special gathering will be held for family and friends before the ceremony.

Methacton School Board Appeals Property Assessments

The owners of ten commercial properties in Lower Providence Township have a tax fight on their hands.   The Methacton School Board Tuesday night voted to appeal their assessments after a district consultant determined that they are out of line with similar properties.   School officials say some significant dollars are at stake.   The properties targeted for assessment appeals include the Eagle Stream Apartment complex near Eagleville Hospital as well as five parcels in the Valley Forge Corporate Center.  

School District To Implement Controversial Ed. Standard

National education standards called, Common Core is being implemented in the Souderton School District. Superintendent, Frank Gallagher.

“We are implementing or aligning the Common Core standards, so we’re working on implementing Common Core in our language arts curriculum and math curriculum right now ad then eventually our social studies curriculum.”

Gallagher rejects claims by some conservative groups that says Common Core is a way of dumbing down public education. Gallagher says common core has become something of an educational boogie man. 

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