Redistricting process could be a positive for the community

This could be a rare opportunity to show what makes Unionville-Chadds Ford great By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times It’s probably safe to say that some sort of redistricting is coming for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in the coming year. The only question, in my mind, is how traumatic the changes are going to be — and how parents and the community in general will react to the options. It...

School board approves final budget

$71.1M spending plan gets 8-1 approval vote; no final decision on use fees By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com EAST MARLBOROUGH — Capping the end of one of the quietest school budget cycles in recent history, the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Monday night. The $71,128,330 spending plan passed by an 8-1 margin; the lone no vote came...

UCF school board passes budget, 8-1

Murphy lone hold-out on $71.1 M 2012-13 spending plan By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com PENNSBURY — In the end, it was almost quiet. The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education gave preliminary approval to its 2012-13 budget Monday night, which calls for an average 1.83% tax increase for district taxpayers. By an 8-1 margin, the board approved the $71,109,857 spending plan, which...

School board grapples with budget questions

Members seem inclined to find middle path between maximum tax hike and cutting programs and staff By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com EAST MARLBOROUGH — Members of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education seemed poised to try to find a middle ground in terms of finding the right tax rate — one that eases the burden as much as possible on local taxpayers without hurting educational...

Big questions confront area in elections, schools

In election 2012, what will voters care more about: ideology or competency? By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com So many things to write about this week in Unionville from what should be an interesting primary race in a local state Senate race as well as what is shaping up to be another “interesting” conversation about the relationship between taxes and education. Before we wade into...

UCF settles with Stevens on property

$476,000 deal ends nearly five years of dispute over Doe Run tract By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com EAST MARLBOROUGH — After years of litigation and some public controversy, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and a local property owner have reached a deal with Charles Stevens over a parcel of land next to Patton Middle School. Although it has been a matter of discussion for...

Redistricting madness leaves elections in confusion

Court’s decision, Justices’ junket to Puerto Rico means no one knows exactly what comes next By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com You can’t make this stuff up. Just when we thought that redrawing the lines on Pennsylvania’s election-district lines couldn’t get sillier, events went into the truly surreal this week. For those of you catching up, the state Supreme Court tossed...

School board prepared to adopt preliminary budget Jan. 23

3.71% tax hike for Chester County proposed to maintain current program, staff; state budget, further discussions likely change final numbers by June By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com EAST MARLBOROUGH — Call it a starting point. The Board of Education discussed the details of the preliminary budget Monday night it is likely to adopt at its formal meeting in two weeks — a $71.5 million...

Revenue hits make for challenges on UCF budget

Wide range of options, opinions on approach for 2012-13 budget By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com EAST MARLBOROUGH — Although the economy in general has shown signs of life in recent months, the last few months in the Unionville area — especially when it comes to real estate transactions — have been so weak, that Unionville-Chadds Ford School District officials find themselves with...

Bushelow elected president of UCF board

New members take office, Leiser elected Vice President By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Eileen Bushelow, left, was elected as the new president of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education, Thursday night. Jeff Leiser (right) was elected as the new vice president. EAST MARLBOROUGH — As expected, Eileen Bushelow was elected as the new president of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board...