By a unanimous vote, the Souderton Area School Board has chosen the next superintendent of the district. Assistant Superintendent and Director of Pupil Services Frank Gallagher will assume the leadership post on July 8th. He plans to reach out to students, parents and community groups that represent district residents without children attending district schools. Gallagher will earn $168,000 annually in his new position. He replaces Doctor Fred Johnson whose resignation is effective the day before Gallagher starts his new position.
Five North Penn High School students are in the “Big Apple” today to compete in the Siam Moody’s Math Challenge. North Penn junior, Priya Kikani and four of her classmates will use math to develop a solution for recycling. Kikani says, on a larger scale, the experience is a confidence builder and sign of things to come for the United States.
“you hear some much about other countries and how their coming up and their math and science education is so much better than ours. From doing competitions like these and going to public school, I’ve been in the North Penn School district my entire life, I can confidently say that I’m very hopeful for the future. with all this, with the great teachers that have prepared me, with my parents, with my teammates that great things are going to happen.”
Kikani’s teammates from North Penn are Patrick Nicodemus, Francis Walsh, Julianna Supplee and Scott Landis. The teacher-coach of the North Penn team is Dianne Wakefield. North Penn is competing against several schools across the country with possibility of each team member winning four thousand dollars for college tuition.
The Souderton Board has approved a re-negotiation of the terms of sale of its old high school, according to Souderton School Board President, Bernie Currie.
“So that means the developer has gotten approvals more quickly from Souderton Borough and that means Souderton Borough must be please with what the developer wants to do. The District will benefit by getting more of a purchase price, sooner than originally planned.”
Currie adds, The parcel that includes the parking lot could be sold by this fall. Other parcels that include the high school itself and some property on the Bucks County side of County Line Road would be sold next year.
Bullying and teen suicide were the subjects of recent hearings in Harrisburg. State rep. Paul Clymer says, times have changed, allowing school bullies to mentally torture their victims through social media.
“Continues throughout the day, throughout the week, throughout the weekend, there is never an end to it. A person who is being bullied entrenches and sometimes does not want to tell their parents or their teacher that they are being bullied and kind of keep it to themselves.”
Clymer say, three bills have been introduced. He hopes parts of all three measures can be included in a final bullying bill that can be finished and ready for the Governor’s signature on June 30th. Clymer was a guest Tuesday morning with Darryl Berger on WNPV's New AM-Edition.