Board to hold hearings on proposed school closure
The Wissahickon School Board will begin to decide the fate of Mattison Avenue Elementary School after public hearings regarding the potential closing of the school, which were announced will take place early next month at the board’s Sept. 10 meeting.
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A motorcycle driver lost his life Monday night in an accident with a car on DeKalb Pike (Route 202) in Lower Gwynedd.
Lower Gwynedd police KDvH LGHnWLfiHG WKH PRWRUcyclist killed in the accident as Charles Gale, 28, of Doylestown.
According to police, Gale was driving a 2012 BMW motorcycle northbound on Route 202 when the accident took place just before 8 p.m. on DeKalb just north of Plymouth Road.
As Gale was riding north, according to police, his motorcycle collided with a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Leland Vollman, 58, of Jenkintown, that was making a left turn out of the nearby Church of the Messiah driveway, located just north of the intersection of Plymouth and DeKalb, to head north.
The accident is still under investigation and no determination has yet been made as to how the collision took
lated to the administrative recommendation,” said board Solicitor Scott Wolpert. He said the deadline to submit a written comment would be Oct. 8, the date of the second hearing. Handicap access to either hearing would be available should it be required, he said.
Wolpert said no less than three months after the hearing, there would be a school board meeting to deliberate on the issue of possibly closing the school, reiterating what he said in June. Additionally, should a decision to close the school be reached, 60 days notice would be given to affected employees, along with notice to state, Wolpert said, again reiterating comments made at the June 11 meeting.
The possible closure of Mattison Avenue was on the minds of many in attendance at Monday’s meeting.
Many spoke during the public comment section to express their displeasure with the board’s recommendation. The common theme from all who spoke was community.
Community member Charles Moore attempted to explain the importance of Mattison Avenue to Ambler Borough. He said the community wasn’t asking for the school board to do something like build a brand new school, but rather to just keep the school they currently have from closing.
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fn other business, school board student representative Kitty Hennessy gave KHU fiUVW UHSoUW. DHVSiWH some gripes about the high price of parking, the additional time spent at each class, the expected technical problems with new stu- dent laptops and the long gap of time for student athletes between breakfast and lunch, Hennessy said most students are adjusting well to the new school year at Wissahickon High School.
Board member Burunda Prince-Jones said she appreciated Hennessy’s remarks and asked her to come back in a month in order for the board to see if there has been any change in what she is hearing from the student body. PrinceJones said all of those issues were “quite important.”
Board President voung Park asked for Hennessy to relay to students that the cost of parking a car inside the lot is considerably cheaper than many other area high school, such as Perkiomen Valley and Souderton Area high school,s and also said to remind students they can always take the school bus if the price is that much of a problem.