The 5-4 vote to resume construction upended a tax revolt led by three new members of the board, who voted to pull the plug on the school three hours after being sworn into office on Dec. 4. They were joined by two other board members for a 5-4 vote.
The Nov. 7 election in the 3,300-student Montgomery County district represented a voter backlash against the building plan, which many feared would send property taxes through the roof. The district maintained that middle school enrollment was expected to grow and the current 58 year-old building has already been expanded or renovated five times.
The 8,600-student Lower Merion School District has come under intense scrutiny for its budgeting practices, which have seen taxes raised nearly 60 percent in the past 13 years. It is among the richest public school systems in the state and its teachers are the highest paid, according to the Department of Education.
Ten months after reports of scrawled hate symbols and racial incidents roiled the district in central Bucks County, Wednesday night's "community summit" cast a spotlight on how Council Rock is still battling ongoing allegations of intolerance.
The Pennsbury School Board is poised to vote Tuesday on a novel partnership with the Caron Foundation that would include three full-time counselors in the schools - one each in elementary, middle and high school - who will oversee an array of potentially life-saving services.
The two-year pact expired June 30, and the union leadership said that this summer brought little progress in forging a new deal. The labor group, which represents 772 teachers and about 660 support staff, now wants to drum up community support.
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