Author: Linda Reilly

They’re Back! It’s off to school for kids… and their dads

Dozens of fathers participated in the Million Father March and walked their child or children to Stonehurst Hills Elementary School, in the Upper Darby School District, on Monday, the first day of school. The Million Father March was started by the Black Star Project in Chicago in 2004 and has expanded to communities across the nation. This year, Stonehurst Principal Aaronda Beauford announced the invitation to fathers of all 549 students to walk their child to school during an orientation day in August and sent out flyers for the cause. “Our community means a lot to me,” Beauford said....

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Pioneering principal comes to Upper Darby HS

Upper Darby High School will open the 2017-2018 school year on Aug. 28 with a new, pioneering principal. Upper Darby School Superintendent Daniel G. Nerelli recommended Kelley L. Simone, principal of Beverly Hills Middle School (BHMS) for the past four years, for the post. She becomes the first female principal to lead the high school of nearly 4,000 students since it opened 120 years ago. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity,” Simone said. “As I embark on this new challenge, I aspire to use all that I have learned from my time at Beverly Hills Middle School to...

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Upper Darby receptionist praised by school board

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent Step into the front door of the Upper Darby School District Administration Building on Bond Ave. in Drexel Hill and be greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Receptionist Alice ‘Ali’ Costa will extend a greeting and welcome you before finding out your destination in the building. Costa was honored by the school board at a recent meeting and named an unsung hero. She was given the 2016 School Board Leadership Award. “Ali was hired in 2013 and she has made a positive impact on staff members and community members alike,” Board President Kenneth Rucci said....

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No tax hike for East Lansdowne

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent East Lansdowne taxpayers will have no increase in taxes for the sixth year and counting for the $1.95 million 2017 preliminary budget if adopted as presented. Borough Finance Chairman Majovie Bland presented Council with the 2017 budget at the regular meeting reflecting no tax increase again for homeowners. Taxpayers with an average assessment of $70,000 will pay $791 next year with the 11.3 mills rate. The trash collection fee did increase $10 from $165 to $175. “The increase in the trash fee is from the rising contract costs,” Bland said. “We are also transferring $150,000...

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Leaders told how students created a ‘Buddy-Bench’

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent Students from Charles Kelly Elementary School, in the Upper Darby School District, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the November school board meeting before showing a video about their service club projects. Lead teacher Kelly Udovich described how students, parents and staff built relationships with positive behavior through the month of October and throughout the school year. “The first and second grade teachers, along with our reading team and instructional coach, had a Family Fluency Night,” Udovich said. “Families were able to come and enjoy a dinner and then participate in the reading and math...

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