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Education Committee Approves New Elementary Bell Schedule

Transportation Director Wayne Robinson said the later dismissal times will help the buses arrive at the schools on time.

The members of the Centennial Education Committee unanimously approved Transportation Director Wayne Robinson's request to alter the arrival and dismissal schedule for the district's elementary schools when the 2012-2013 school year begins.

The new full-day schedule will look like the following:

  • will begin classes at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.
  • Davis Elementary and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m.

"The new schedule will help us provide more timely service for the students in the morning and afternoon," said Robinson during Wednesday night's meeting. "It will also alleviate the problem of students waiting for a long time after school for the bus to arrive."

Centennial Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman asked for the issue to go in front of the school board as quickly as possible to allow parents enough time to make arrangements with after school daycare services.

Committee chairperson Jane Schrader Lynch and fellow members Mark Miller and Betty Huf also asked Robinson to notify parents as early as possible what the bus stop pick ups and drop offs will be for the new school year.

Robinson told the committee that he preferred to send the yellow index cards with bus assignments late in August to allow for any last minute new enrollments or other changes.

"When parents get that card, they think the schedule is set in stone," said Robinson. "They might miss the slight alteration and a kid could miss the bus."

He said he would look into posting a preliminary schedule online earlier in the month, with the hard copies coming at their usual time.

Pamela April 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
This whole thing is total garbage. Why did the district just approve the purchase of 6 buses (2-24 pass and 4-77 pass), and our children can't all start school at the same time 8:30-3pm? They told us we had to consolidate schools and bus routes because of a decline of population. We have had over crowding and unsafe conditions on the buses, even thought they tell us they know nothing about it and that it has not been reported to them. The board and the transportation supervisor can't keep their stories straight and this is just another cover up for something else that is going on. Why are transporting PRE-K children during prime school hours if we can't transport WillowDale/Davis/McDouglas students to our school all at the same start time? I am tired of OUR children being put last when it is OUR taxes paying for these expenditures.
Kim April 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Well I guess Dr. Marie and ESC either A) Have kids that go to McDonald so they are not affected by the changes or B) Don't have kids in this district at all so they don't understand what we parents have gone through but feel the need to add their opinion anyway.
Kim April 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
You Go Dawn!!!
Jane Lynch April 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Mr. Krenshaw, I will make an attempt to answer your reply. I hope my words will be reviewed only an effort to show my view point as someone who is very concerned about this district. Moving from six schools to three has brought about an unbelieveable amount of change to our students, teachers and above all the parents. I know the parents feel that coming to a meeting is a waste of time. I have encourged parents to come and give their view points on any subjects that feel is important to them but they feel they are not being heard. In order to have everyone see what is going on, we have our meetings broadcast and also have videos of all meetings on our website. There is nothing we do that is not broadcast. Our district is going thru change after change which is not making some parents feel these changes are in the interest of their children or themselves. I believe when all these schools are completed, the parents will feel differently but, until this is completed there will be doubt. It is my hope, that the time will come when all the parents will know their voices have been heard and be proud of their schools. If the people feel they need to elect other people to the board then, it is their choice, but the solutions for the schools will always have challenges and decisions will always have to be made. I wish the situation was different and people had more trust but I guess trust will have to be earned on both sides.
Emily Cohen April 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
In response to the following by Kim: (copied and pasted to avoid misquoting): Kim 12:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2012 Well I guess Dr. Marie and ESC either A) Have kids that go to McDonald so they are not affected by the changes or B) Don't have kids in this district at all so they don't understand what we parents have gone through but feel the need to add their opinion anyway. You are wrong on both of points A and B above. One of my children graduated from Stackpole last year, and is currently at Klinger. I still have one child at Stackpole currently, who will be at the new Davis. Let me also say that yes, I do live in the district, and have kept myself educated as to proposed changes prior to commenting. People seem to be acting in a petty, argumentative fashion because of what will ultimately be relatively minor changes. And yes, as previously stated in an earlier comment, I work full-time. I will adapt and adjust to whatever changes there are, because that is my responsibility as a parent. I would hope that when commenting, adults wouldn't stoop so low as to make assumptions about other people's lives. We all know what happens when we assume. Board meeting is tonight, and those who feel strongly about the issue (no matter what their opinion) should show up and have their voice heard, respectfully and intelligently. Logic and calm voices will have better results. Attacking can only end negatively.
WDC April 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
OK everyone if you cannot make the meeting tonight here are the email addresses for the school board. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!! W ARE TIRED OF BEING IGNORED!!
WDC April 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Dr. Cressman-cresje@centennialsd.org Dr. Pollock-pollan@centennialsd.org Mrs. Betty Huf-hufbet@centennialsd.org Mrs. Kati Driban-dribka@centennialsd.ord Mr. Steven Adams-adamst@centennialsd.org Mr Michael Hartline-hartmi@centennialsd.org Mr Charles Kleinschmidt-kleich@centennialsd.org Mrs. Jane Lynch-lyncja@centennialsd.org Mr. David Shaftner-shafda@centennialsd.org Mr Mark Miller-millmb@centennialsd.org So if you can't make it or you just want to let thm know where you stand, let your voices be heard!!
jennifer April 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The problem Mrs. Lynch, is that no one wanted these changes. A couple of years ago I sat in a very packed McDonald gym to protest the closing of our schools. Just about every parent there was not in favor of closing our neighborhood schools, yet here we are. No one listened! Now we have these huge schools and I don't know anyone who is happy with them. We can't change that now. The board made that decision. Now the children in our neighborhoods are losing open space (Leary and Longstreth property) that is used for baseball practices and games and general play. We can't change that either. Now you are trying to make more decisions without the input of the community. I don't remember being asked my opinion on whether or not I want my children in school for an extra 45 min. I didn't receive a questionaire, or any other type of correspondence asking for my input. The board made that decision on their own too. Our children have been asked to adapt to a little too much in the past yr. They had to say goodbye to a school that they loved, deal with larger class sizes, losing their playgrounds and now staying in school for extra time. I know children a adaptable, but enough is enough!
Pamela April 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Meettings are broadcasted..except for the numerous behind the doors executive meetings which have revealed 3 lawsuit to the district... When the schools are completed...we have a $69 milion high school 4+ yrs in making..is this the timely standard of our school board...I used to have pride in our district, now I have don't want anyone to know that I live in the district that signed a teachers contract with no way of paying for it...I guess that will be one of the "challenges" me and my children have to make...Trust earned on both sides?.. NO.. The Board needs to earn the community's trust, We don't need to earn yours..The Board is the one being viewed as mismanaged, fiscally irresponsible, high handed, secretive, and totally out of touch with its community members...
Michelle Hazlett April 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
ESC, I think Kim may have had a child that went to Leary and was transferred to Willow Dale and that is why she is so frustrated. You and your child have not gone through the whole process of being ripped from your school that you loved so much and thrown into a school that is nothing like your old school. The warmth and friendly smiling faces are replaced by people who act like drones. Losing a wonderful principle because of some "higher-ups" lack of judgement. Our Leary family has lost alot in the last year and this just seems like another slap in the face to us. I hope when Davis-Stackpole merge your experience will be better than ours. I hope all goes well and your school is joined as one. It is April and some of us are still waiting to have that feeling of belonging. It would be like your boss telling you 1: you are moving to another office wether you like it or not 2: your work time is changing wether you like it or not 3: don't bother coming to me with your complaints because I really don't care. You say that these are relatively minor changes...well for some of us we are tired of change. Maybe this just gives you some insight as to what we have been going through and that is why we are taking it really hard. I am not being harsh or mean when I say this...honest.
Pete Krenshaw April 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Mrs. Lynch - I hope the rest of the board is paying attention too. One of the nine board members alone will not accomplish anything and you have your work cut out for you.
jennifer April 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Well said Michelle!
Longstreth Dragon Alumni April 23, 2012 at 07:51 PM
WOW! It is so sad to see this school district in so much turmoil. It has been a great district for so many years. It was also well known for it's small, family-oriented neighborhood schools. I am sad to see all these closings. The kids, parents, and teachers will all suffer, trust me. I taught at Longstreth for many years and went there as a student, so my job just wan't a job for me it was home. I formed many fond relationships with the staff and families and I'm still in touch with many of them. Good luck to all of you who are dealing with the changes. And remember the teachers, who are truly there for your children, feel as much pain as you and your child does and wants the best for them!
Tired of Hypocrisy April 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
As a parent of children that attended and graduated from Centennial School District and a taxpayer, I would like to voice my concern. First, Centennial in past years had many more students than they do now & they found a way to bus the children in a timely manner without adjustment to any school hours. Why is Mr. Robinson having a problem with doing the same? The students all had seats on the bus, relative calm and safety on the bus also. That is not true since Mr. Robinson came into the picture. How will he handle the bus schedules once all the so-called new developments come into play? New homes/more children. Has the Board or Mr. Robinson taken that into consideration? I would bet they have not, they seem to have a problem with projection.
Tired of Hypocrisy April 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Second, change in time will not be noticed by the younger children as they follow their parents example. Therefore, if a parent does not 'talk' in front of the child, the child will not realize the 1/s hour difference. Is the change good for the student? Time will tell but if past examples of the Board rushing to decisions is an indication, no it will not be good for the students. Example, junior high being turned into middle school which many parents fought but in the end was implemented and now many districts (including Centennial) are looking into switching back to junior high.
Tired of Hypocrisy April 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Third, this Board is a disgrace, pure and simple. They do not listen, do no hear, do not care what the parents/taxpayers have to say that concerns their children/grandchildren. If any member of the Board runs their household like they do the District, I would not be surprised that their lives are chaotic. Moving children from school to school is not conducive to the child feeling secure and comfortable in their environment. School should be a safety net for children and with the constant turmoil implemented by the District I am sure there are children who suffer from confusion, inadequcy and other emotional problems. Please parents, do not make it worse on your children. Stand up for your child, attend meetings, let your voice be heard, form groups of parents from Southampton/Warminster and submit your solution to the District. You do not have to accept their decision as the 'Final Word', you need to show perserverance, become involved in the District, join a committee, become a familiar sight in your child's school. Yes, it takes determination and sacrifice on your part, however; in the end it is worth it. You are your childs advocate, no one else. If you do not stand up for them, no one else will and should not be expected to. It takes a village, become the village and remove the Board at election and in the meantime, speak up, loud and clear, over and over.
Tired of Hypocrisy April 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Lastly, contrary to the 'Doctor' who espouses school should come first and not worry about extra curricular activities, I humbly disagree. A well-rounded child will strive to do their best while a child who only studies will not become a well-rounded adult. Children need to learn about self-esteem, winning/losing, getting along with others and life in general. I do believe however; that studies come first. The sad truth is that many children are now living in a home with a single parent that needs to work to survive or a two parent family where both work and their schedules are stretched to the maximum. These parents feel the stress of the making ends meet while at the same time attempting to meet the needs of their children and in some cases I will admit, 'Keeping up with the Joneses'. None of which is the fault of the child and therefore; they should not be punished by having 'fun' taken out of their lives. Children need their childhoods more than ever. Is it not better for a child to be playing football, soccer, baseball, karate, etc., than sitting in a home staring at a television, video game or computer? Yes, television, video games and computers play a part in all our lives but there are many children who now cannot interact with others because they are stationary and solitary with their electronic devices.
Tired of Hypocrisy April 23, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I understand the frustration from the parents. I have been there and done that and did not allow CSB to walk over my children and wish the same outcome for all of you. Make it a priority to be involved in all manners. I guarantee you will know about items before they become public, will hear from teachers the 'inside' scoop on the District, where the money is going oppossed to where they say it is going, etc. Ears to the ground and you will be amazed at the 'Back Door' tactics of some.
Part of the Solution April 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I would like to take this opportunity - after 93 comments to change the direction of your thoughts to the wonderful talents of our children. The district Fine Arts Festival is next week. I hope you will all come out and be as supportive of ALL OUR CHILDREN, as you say you are in your posts. Mr. Boyle - I trust you will give the festival a wonderful write up, bragging about our wonderful students in the district. I have posted the schedule below - Monday, April 30 Ensemble Night @ William Tennent High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 1 Jazz Night @ Log College Middle School Auditorium Wednesday, May 2 Chorus Night @ William Tennent High School Auditorium Thursday, May 3 Band Night @ William Tennent High School Auditorium Friday, May 4 Showcase Night @ William Tennent High School
Michelle Hazlett April 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Unfortunately I will be unable to attend tonights meeting because I have to work. Trust me I would love to be there to voice my opinion to the board for a 3rd time. To all of you that do go GOOD LUCK!! I will be with all of you in spirit and standing right behind you for support!! If I do not get a call (I am an EMT) I will be watching the meeting on T.V. cheering you on! Please be my voice since I can't attend!! And JMW thanks for the emails...will be sending my opinion to each one of them!!
Michelle Hazlett April 23, 2012 at 09:23 PM
To Tired, Thank you for your words of wisdom and support for those of us that are going through this!
Daniella April 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I will add to the sentiment expressed about this School Board being a complete disgrace! Mrs. Lynch- your comments were empty and generic. As if anything done has been in the interest of these kids and not to save money! And how about the lies? Where is the full day kindergarten THAT WAS PROMISED? Our kids have been put through so much upheaval. Yes, you can say that kids adjust well but kids are also individuals and some adjust better than others. I have a daughter who has social problems. She struggled moving to McDonald and now she's upset because the few friends that she made are all staying at McDonald while she's going to the new Davis. Yes, I realize that change happens and friendships change, but our kids are not given any chance to have any stability, nor to establish strong bonds, because they are constantly being moved around! And now this change to a 3:45pm end time will be another upheaval. My daughter's one great passion is dance and she has been going for years to a school with limited start times, which she might not be able to make now! Of course, education comes before extracurricular activities but the point is, that there is no need for this stupid, ridiculous change of end time!!! Its just a way for them to save some money while they squander it in other areas. And there was no input solicited from the community. Shame on this Board for their utter lack of respect for the parents who they should be serving! Not one of them will ever get my vote!
MW April 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
So is the school district going to supply the children with flashlights also? I'm assuming they didn't think about the fact that from November to February it gets dark around 4. If the children don't get off the bus until after 4 (which most will be and later), they will have to walk home in the pitch black. Doesn't sound like a safe scenario to me considering these are children as young as 5 years old. They better be prepared to have an awful lot of traffic before and after school because I have a feeling many parents are going to decide to just drive and pick up their kids from school. This board has proven time and time again that they have no concern or thought for the children with every decision they make.
MW April 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM
And for the Dr.'s comments. I have never heard more uneducated comments from a supposed educator. Colleges do not just look at grades, they look for well rounded children. So yes, extracurricular activities are necessary. Not only for that, but children shouldn't have to be locked up "learning" for an entire day. They should be out being kids, getting dirty, playing. That's also a part of learning. These kids have to grow up way too early as it is, why put more on them? Besides the fact that they also teach children teamwork and how to handle certain situations, which are 2 skills that they will use for the rest of their life. I take offense to the fact that you say it doesn't help. I played soccer, softball, dance, volleyball, anything I could get involved in and I was an honor student and graduated (yes, from Tennent) at the top of my class. So I'm assuming you would rather them sit home and be bored or worse because they have nothing to do, get mixed up in trouble. I for one know that my children will always be involved in after shool activities because I know this will make them more prepared for the rest of their life.
Dr. Marie J. April 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Wow! Your comprehension skills are amazing! I never said they weren't important. If you read what was written and not insinuate things made up in your tiny mind, I simply said that if an extra curricular activity were so important then finding time in their schedule shouldn't be an issue. Let me guess, you are a fan of participation trophies too... I pay the same taxes you all do and my children (unfortunately) go to the same schools as yours.
jennifer April 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Just came from the school board meeting...Thank you Mrs. Lynch for hearing us and standing up for us.
MW April 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'm pretty sure you're ignorant comment "Aw, he can't do karate anymore" wasn't meant to mean you thought extra curricular activities were important. My comprehension skills are right on and so is my judgement that you are just an arrogant, ignorant, narrow-minded, judgemental person who thinks that because they have a PhD that they are better then everyone else is right on also. You have nothing but negative things to say back to everyone and have yet to provide valuable insight to the problem everyone is having with the school board. And I am not sure what the participation trophies have anything to do with what I said. I said that these activities were valuable to building a child, nothing about whether they get a trophy or not. You seem to think highly of them considering you've been throwing around your "PhD" status so much. Pot calling the kettle black? Yup! The only one around here with a tiny mind is you. I hope that my children never end up having you as their "educator" considering you have such a negative attitude towards pretty much everyone that has commented here.
WDC April 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Keep sending your emails to the school board everyone!! We were heard tonight, nothing was resolved but at least the motion was stalled for now, This issue will be reintroduced to the operations and finance committee. If you have any ideas on how to raise 1.2million dollars (for new buses) in a short amount of time, let the board know!! Kudos to Mrs. Jane Lynch, Mrs. Betty Huf and Mr. Michael Hartline who were on our side and heard what we had to say, many thanks to all of you!!
Elaine April 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I just wanted to thank Mrs. Lynch for doing the right thing and showing the other Board Members how to represent the people properly!!! She has more common sense than the rest of them combined!!! I also wanted to thank Mr.Cohen for saying what we were all thinking. How can they spend $500,000 on a sound system and not buy buses? Clearly the priorities of the other members are demented.
Pamela April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The answer to Mr. Cohen's question is simple. The Board is trying to out shine BCW and BCE. They believe that the most expensive toys make them better. They forgot that our schools became BLUE RIBBON based on our TEACHERS, and in the process our children have lost some precious that can NEVER be replaced. Dr. Cressman said it last night, "this is the best we can do" and this is the only thing option she is going to present to the district. The Operations committee will be presented with her metrics of why we need to change time at OUR schools or come up with $1.5 Million dollars to buy new buses. hey knew this was going to happen when they signed the teachers' contract as Dr. Pollack so nicely informed us last night. After all they did have the forsight to add an additional 30 minites into the contract. Well here's some facts people on March 13 the Board voted to buy 7 NEW BUSES. They said ONLY 3 REPLACED old buses, so where are the other 4. Our public schools account for approximately 20% of the bus use in the district the rest is PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL/NON-PUBLIC that includes transportation to philadelphia schools! So why are we left to come with $1.2 million and 10 buses? Let them pay more money to the district. Why are district buses doing AM drop off for schools and not PM drop offs? Obviously these schools don't need us, so let them get some one else. There are solutions, but nobody is looking for them.

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