Ar­ca­dia, Chel­tenham work on part­ner­ship

Glenside News - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

Chel­tenham School Dis­trict and Ar­ca­dia Univer­sity could be work­ing to­gether to im­prove cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion for the lo­cal area.

Dur­ing the Chel­tenham School Board meet­ing 6HSW. 11, $UFDGLD 8nLvHUVLty Pres­i­dent Tobey Ox­holm pre­sented a propo­si­tion to the board to open the univer­sity up to res­i­dents, students and fac­ulty for var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional en­deav­ors and cul­tural events.

“Part of my job as pres­i­dent is to bring the community in,” Ox­holm said. “We want to be more in­volved in the community.”

While the plan is still in its early stages, Ox­holm said he hopes to even­tu­ally open the Ar­ca­dia cam­pus up to res­i­dents for classes and of­fer as­sis­tance to students and teach­ers. He said students and ad­min­is­tra­tion are ea­ger to help where they can and would like to par­tic­i­pate in more community ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties around Chel­tenham. Ox­holm also said the univer­sity is work­ing on the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal per­for­mances that will be open to the community.

“I pledge our ef­forts to help the school dis­trict suc­ceed,” Ox­holm said. “Even if it’s help­ing with school work and af­ter school pro­grams.”

The board was ex­cited at the prospect of res­i­dents, students and staff gain­ing from the univer­sity, which is lo­cated in Glen­side near the dis­trict’s high school.

“We’re very in­vig­o­rated that we have this part­ner­ship grow­ing,” board Pres­i­dent Tina Viletto said. “It is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to move our community for­ward.”

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