Committees form to help guide district’s future
Pennridge High School was host to everyone from the Perkasie mayor to the district’s superintendent to state Rep. Paul Clymer, R-145, IRr Dn unSrHFHGHnWHG community summit Wednesday, Jan. 16.
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Pennridge School Board member David Thompson, who came up with the idea of the summit back in May, will serve as the liaison between the school administration and the school board.
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To Thompson’s knowledge, there has never been a community summit like this. In the West Chester Area School District, however, Thompson said something similar to the summit was held to determine how to reduce the district’s budget by $4 million. With the com- munity’s help, the district was able to reduce the budJHW DnG finG FRVW rHGuFWLRnV, without public outcry.
In turn, Thompson said he would like to see a harmonious relationship develop between the Pennridge community and the administration as a result of this summit.
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activities committee is Assistant Superintendent Bruce Bovard, along with Jackie Firuta, Diane Haring, Becky Schlotter, Cathy A. Pepper, Tim Deose and Jake Sands.
Ferry, Deb Brady, Lee Rush, Bob Hipp, Tracy McGinty, Mary Chon and Alyson Adams make up the community relations team.
The facilities committee consists of hish, Jeff LoefflHr, 6uzHWWH 6FKPLGW, 3DuO LRrHnz, 0DrN HRrnH, CKrLV Leatherman, Holly Pollock, West Rockhill Supervisor Don Duvall, East Rockhill Supervisor David Nyman, 7RP 6NLIfinJWRn DnG )rHGHrick Diseroad.
Perkasie Mayor John Hollenbach, district Business Administrator hathy Johnson, Scott Edgell, Jim salletta, Bob Silber, West Rockhill Township Manager Greg Lippincott, haren hrier and -HII HDKn ZLOO WDFNOH WKH financial issues.
Finally, Director of Pupil Services Robert Phillips, as well as Matt Smith, John Maketa, Pat Guth, Ann Senoyuit, Maria Mamrol, Eric Schaffhausen, Clymer, Robert Linden, him Destefano, helly Tambourino and Christine vardley will head the programming committee.
DONATED ... First Savings CEO Fred Shea, right, presents a check for $10,000 to Florence A. Kawoczka, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. First Savings has stepped forward as a $10,000 Rooftop Sponsor for the Penn Villa project...