Thursday, February 28, 2013
Board members not convinced by Business and Entrepreneurship Academy's proposal.
Thursday, February 28
The Wilson Area School Board has rejected a business-themed charter school that had wanted to open up in West Easton Board members said they weren't convinced the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy Charter High School had enough support from the community, parents, and educators, the Express-Times reports. And the Morning Call notes that a board resolution said board members thought the school hadn't shown plans to teach consumer sciences, health, music and other "core areas." Wilson board members had expressed some skepticism when school representatives first came before them in December. The school had support in Easton from members of the Greater Shiloh Church and its Pastor Phillip Davis, as well as former Bethlehem Area School …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
New business charter school proposed in West Easton.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
School board narrowly approves plan to put 'iconic' Wilson factory on the state's KOZ list.
A controversial $50-$60 million plan to renovate the Dixie Cup factory narrowly secured consent from Wilson Area School Board at Monday night’s regular meeting. District officials have struggled to decide whether or not to green-light the proposed Keystone Opportunity Zone, or KOZ, at the prominent but long-blighted site. In the end, they voted 5-4 to approve it. “It will be an asset to the community as an iconic building,” co-owner Joseph Reibman argued before a divided school board. The state-administered, competitive KOZ program offers tax relief to residents and businesses as a way to spur development of older, qualifying properties; with the Dixie Cup factory, an estimated $680 million in school tax revenues over 10 years is at stake…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Wilson Area School Board backs away from acting on tax break plan for Dixie plant.
The deserted Dixie Cup factory in Wilson Borough – icon to some, eyesore to others – has once again hit a bump on the road to renewal. For the third time in three meetings, Wilson Area School Board last week again held back from approving a new 10-year, $680,000 tax-abatement plan intended to spur development of the blighted facility, which has sat vacant for 30 years. “I don’t know what to say,” said a frustrated Wilson Borough Council President Lenny Feinberg after the meeting. Along with several other borough, county and valley development officials as well as the owners, Feinberg has been pushing for the creation of one of the state’s Keystone Opportunity Zones, or KOZs, at the site. Up until now, the school board had seemed receptive…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wilson Area School District kids will have fewer days off thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Students in Wilson will have fewer days off this school year, thanks to the unexpected break they received last week from Hurricane Sandy. The Wilson Area School Board voted Monday night to approve five make-up days to help keep this year's class schedule on track. The days are: Superintendent Doug Wagner praised his staff for its response to the storm, and noted that the district saw a high attendance rate Monday following a week without school. "It shows you we have parents who are committed to our education," he said. "Or…they were just DONE.”
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Wilson school officials question the cost, quality of on-line education.
The financial impact of charter and cyber schools, and questions about their academic quality, were front and center at Monday night’s Wilson Area School District board meeting. As the area readies for the possible opening of a business and entrepreneurship-themed charter school in West Easton next fall, the district is examining the financial cost to the district of Wilson ASD students educated in charter, cyber and special education classes, according to Superintendent Doug Wagner. All in all, such instruction costs Wilson $682,078 annually, Wagner estimated. “It’s quite a hole we have to plug with money we currently have,” he told board members. “It's a concern.” Some 33 Wilson students attend charters such as Lehigh Valley Academy to …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bill Wallace, a teacher and one-time state senate candidate, joins Wilson Area School Board.
The Wilson Area School Board moved this week to fill a vacancy with a former state senate candidate and middle school art teacher from Williams Township. Bill Wallace, 56, was interviewed before Monday’s board meeting. Board members voted unanimously for Wallace to occupy the Williams Township spot left open by the unexpected August resignation of Lisa Tresslar. Wallace, who ran unsuccessfully in 2010 as a Democrat against current state Sen. Bob Mensch, teaches art in the Pennridge School District in Upper Bucks. He has been active in local Democratic politics for Bucks and Northampton County for years, but he said he relishes the chance to serve in the Wilson Area School District. “To be involved in [school] would be a positive thing,” …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Students in the Wilson Area School District met PSSA goals, but school officials say work still needs to be done.
- Bill Broun
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Wilson Area School Board on Monday got a preview of the school district's 2012 PSSA scores, due to be released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education later this month. The results were mostly encouraging, according to school officials, with students meeting this year’s higher state benchmarks and achieving No Child Left Behind's adequate yearly progress (AYP) status at all district schools. "I think overall our students in mathematics scored exceptionally well," said Dave Wright, the district's director of curriculum and instruction. "Almost all of our grades were above-90 percent scoring proficient or advanced.” At the same time, Wright says the district can’t rest on its laurels. “The [state] targets have gone up,” he said. “…