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. 

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.

Educator From China To Speak To Teachers in Pennridge

A teacher in 21st century learning is coming to the Pennridge School District from China to talk to teachers at a cost of 38-hundred dollars, a move that was passed at the Scholl Board’s July 29th meeting.  Dr. Yong Zhao is a global leader in 21st century teaching. Zhao is expected to talk to Pennridge teachers during a August 28th lecture about involving more creativity in classroom. Board member David Thompson visited a conference and heard doctor Zhao speak and was impressed by Zhao’s ideas on education. however, thompson acknowledged that many of Dr. Zhao’s methods fly in the face of the common core curriculum, which is being fazed in at a number school district’s across the county. Dr. Zhao is a leading education reformer in china.  

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