Friday, May 17, 2013
Elementary school lunch prices will remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will remain at $3.25 for Council Rock School District students.
Council Rock elementary and middle school students will pay the same for lunch next year. Council Rock Director of Business Administration Rob Reinhart on Thursday presented the board with the lunch prices for the 2013-2014 school year. "All the costs of student lunches are going to remain the same," Reinhart said. Elementary school lunch prices will likely remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will likely remain at $3.25. The only increases will be for four items on the high schools' extensive a la carte menu, which includes paninis, soups, tacos and more. Superintendent Mark Klein praised Chartwells, the company handles food service in the district. "Our partnership with Chartwells continues to be one of the best independent …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Council Rock School District Administration is recommending that lunch prices remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will likely remain at $3.25.
The cost of lunch for Council Rock middle and elementary school students will likely stay the same next year. Elementary school lunch prices will likely remain at $2.75 and middle school prices will likely remain at $3.25. The Council Rock School Board is expected to approve the prices, which are recommended by the district administration, at a meeting Thursday. Council Rock uses Chartwells Food Service as its lunch provider. School lunch prices increased this year because of new mandates requiring certain healthy components be served with each meal. From 2011-2012 to this school year, elementary school lunches went up from $2.55 to $2.75 and middle school lunches increased by a quarter, from $3 to $3.25. The high schools have a la carte …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Council Rock North came in 11th in the state in Newsweek's list of the nation's top 2,000 public high schools.
Newsweek has ranked Council Rock North and South high schools among the top 2,000 public high schools in the country. Council Rock North was ranked #338 and Council Rock South was ranked #539. Only one high school in Bucks County—New Hope-Solebury—was ranked ahead of Council Rock North, which came in 11th in the state. New Hope-Solebury was ranked #324. "Congratulations to both high schools and to our school community that supports our great schools," an email from Council Rock administrators said. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the Central Bucks high school rankings, and every other ranked high school by …
Council Rock is hosting a night of jazz music Friday at Newtown Middle School.
Students from throughout the Council Rock School District will be collaborating Friday to present a night of free jazz this Friday. Council Rock's Jazz Night will be held in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. It will be the 13th year for the Jazz Night festival, according to organizers. Admission is free and open to the public. All are welcomed to attend. All Council Rock elementary, middle and high school jazz bands will be peforming. There wil lbe performances by Maureen M. Welch, Newtown, Rolling Hills, and Hillcrest Elementary Schools; Holland, Newtown and Richboro Middle Schools; and Council Rock High Schools North and South.
Friday, May 3, 2013
If the final budget is passed as drafted, the owner of an average assessed home in Council Rock would pay $55 more next year.
The Council Rock School Board on Thursday approved a preliminary 2013-2014 budget that, if passed without changes, would mean a tax increase of $55 for the average household. The $209.4 million preliminary budget as drafted calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, which is under the 1.7 percent cap regulated by the state’s Act 1 Index. Director of Business Administration Robert Reinhart is recommending the district use $2.45 million of its $29 million fund balance to make up for the projected $5.8 million deficit. The tax increase would net the district an estimated $1.78 million towards the deficit, plus more than 25 retirements and resignations will save the district $1.2 million in salaries, he explained. But several board members said …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Week. Here is a list of creative gift ideas and places to find them around town.
Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 7. Here are some suggestions to help you get an excellent grade on your next teacher appreciation gift. 1. Starbucks card or gift card to any store/restaurant they enjoy. 2. Get parents to pool their money together for a gift certificate for a massage or spa treatment at David Witchell Spa. 3. Gift card to Newtown Book and Record Exchange or the Newtown Bookshop. Teachers love to be able to purchase new books for their classrooms. 4. Gift card to Allegheny Art Company, where they can purchase stamps or art supplies for their classrooms. 5. If your child's teacher likes movies, consider a gift certificate from the Newtown Theatre. 6. A DIY gift, like homemade soaps, candy, cookies, jewelry, bookmarks…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Council Rock North was 13th in the state on a recent U.S. News and World Reports ranking of top 40 high schools in Pennsylvania. Council Rock South didn't make the list.
Council Rock School District officials say the process by which U.S. News and World Reports used to assess high schools left Council Rock High School South out of a list that ranked the district’s other high school 13th in the state. Superintendent Mark Klein, in a email sent via the district’s list serve, said the administration was “surprised” South was not ranked by the publication. “Historically, our high schools rank in close proximity to one another when assessed in these comparative studies,” he said. According to U.S. News & World Report's assessment, which was published in April, Council Rock North is the highest ranked high school in Bucks County. South wasn't included on the list of the top 40 high schools in the state. However…
The $209.4 million budget calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, or $55 for the median assessed home in Council Rock.
Council Rock School Board members will weigh in Thursday on a $209.4 million preliminary budget that proposes a tax increase of $55 for the average household. The proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year calls for a 1.3 percent tax increase, or $55 for the median assessed home in Council Rock. The budget keeps general fund expenditures "mostly flat" with two exceptions—the district's pension contribution and the addition of six staff positions, according to district officials. The school district’s share of the contribution to the Public School State Retirement System (PSERS) will increase by $2.3 million for a total contribution of $18.4 million dollars, according to administrators. The six additional staff positions are recommended …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Council Rock School District will spend $20,575 to install a district-wide panic button system as part of a plan to enhance school security.
Council Rock is moving forward on a plan to install silent panic buttons at all district schools. On Thursday, the Council Rock School Board approved spending $20,575 on the panic buttons. The district will hire Fire and Security Technologies (FAST) to install the equipment in all schools, the Chancellor Center, the district's facility at Law School Admissions, the SAIL House and the maintenance facility at Twining Ford Road, Superintendent Mark Klein said. The panic buttons are part of a series of security enhancements being recommended by the administration. Other recommendations include improved visitor controls, facility improvements, intervention and increased staffing. The administration based their recommendations on suggestions …
The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 19. It will be a half day for all students and graduation will be held later that day.
The last day of school and graduation for Council Rock will be June 19. The Council Rock School Board approved the date at a meeting Thursday. The last day of school—which falls on a Wednesday—will be a half day for all students. Afternoon kindergarten students will attend. The last day for morning kindergarten students will be the day before, June 18. High school students will have half days on June 17, 18 and 19. Council Rock High School North's graduation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Council Rock South's graduation will start at 6:30 p.m.