Friday, April 12, 2013
Freshman Cayla Veverka is responsible for the decorations on the football stadium fence.
Perkiomen Valley High School Freshman Cayla Veverka is responsible for a new element of Viking pride at the high school – designs on fencing around the high school’s football stadium. After raising over $1,000 through various fundraisers to purchase the materials for the designs, Veverka then completed the chain link fence art using “Put In Cups.” “Both the Vikings and the lettering seen on the fencing are her handiwork,” said the Perkiomen Valley School District.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The board is considering lobbying the Pennsylvania General Assembly regarding employer contribution rates to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System (PERS).
The Perkiomen Valley School Board will discuss adoption a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to consider pension reform at its business meeting tonight. According to the resolution, the employer contribution rate to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) jumped from 564 percent in the 2010-11 school year to 16.93 percent for the 2013-14 school year, a “threefold increase” over the past three years, with projection to raise to 31.43 percent in 2034-35. A chart in the resolution states that the district expenditures towards the retirement fund went from $1,796,445 in the 2008-09 year, to $5,252,494 in the 2012-13 year. This year, the projected expenditure is $7,771,073; by 2017-2018, the …
The school is investigating the incident, sent video of alleged abuse to the Humane Society.
The Perkiomen Valley School District and the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident in which a fight broke out in Perkiomen Valley High School on Friday afternoon after a student allegedly made a video while abusing a lizard, according to officials. The student who instigated the fight has been disciplined, according to the school district. “High school administrative staff, along with the state police, are continuing to look into the incident that led to the fight and have forwarded a link of the video to the Humane Society,” said Jessica Lester, spokesperson for the Perkiomen Valley School District. The school district will “continue to pay careful attention to student behavior” to prevent other physical of verbal …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The performances will be held at PVMS East on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Perkiomen Valley High School Students are putting the finishing touches on their production of Funny Girl, which will be held this weekend on the Perkiomen Valley Middle School East at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. “Funny Girl” takes audience members back to the glitz and glamour of vaudeville shows through the life of Fanny Brice, a Broadway extraordinaire. The show tells the tale of Fanny and her struggles of being a Follies tar married to a Gambler in the World War I time period. Tickets are sold in advance or at the door for $10 each on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, or for tickets, e-mail Tracy Griffie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Students are taking inventory, making change, and more.
Evergreen Elementary students are learning real-world skills working in their school store, according to the Perkiomen Valley School District. Bill McGill’s third-grade class, along with several parent volunteers, opened the store. The store helps students to order items to be sold, take inventory of existing items, total merchandise for customers and collect the proper amount of money. Math, organization, and interpersonal skills are practiced when the store is open, the school district said.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The committee needs help with the annual event, which helps to keep students safe after prom.
The Perkiomen Valley High School Post Prom Committee is asking for community members to donate time and money towards the May 18 event, which has helped to keep hundreds of students safe on prom night for the past 11 years. The committee needs roughly $25,000 to fund the overnight event that hosts an estimated 500 students after prom from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and also offers an alternative for students who wish not to attend the prom. Approximately 200 volunteers are needed to plan, fundraise, and help run the event from start to finish, which will have the theme “World Tour 2013” this year, according to the Perkiomen Valley School District. “It is an amazing opportunity to reward our students for making a good choice to stay safe on one of…
Friday, March 22, 2013
While the Perkiomen Valley School District is working to lessen the deficit for the 2013-2014 budget, the board is also looking ahead to future capital projects.
Perkiomen Valley School District Business Administrator Jim Weaver presented a capital project “wish list” to the Perkiomen Valley School Board directors at their March 11 meeting. At the board's last budget presentation on Feb. 11, the 2013-14 budget shortfall was listed at just over $2 million, after taking into consideration the 2 percent tax increase. In December, the anticipated shortfall was $6 million. None of the projects listed last week's budget "wish list" presentation are included in the 2013-14 budget. “It is important that the school board review and understand the facilities and their needs from a short-term and long-term perspectives,” Weaver said in the presentation, adding that it is required by law that the plan be in …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A Schwenksville woman was transported to the hospital after being struck by a school bus en route to Evergreen Elementary School.
One woman was sent to the hospital after a school bus collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Plank Road and Rt. 29 in Perkiomen Township at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday according to the Pennsylvania State Police. According to police, the front end of a school bus, driven by a 28-year-old Harleysville man with six student passengers headed for Evergreen Elementary School, collided with the rear end of the 2003 Camry at the intersection. The 30-year-old Schwenksville woman driving the Camry was transported from the scene by Lower Frederick Ambulance to Phoenixville Hospital for evaluation. Evergreen Elementary Interim Principal Amy Sacks was as the accident scene, along with the Evergreen school nurst, check on the students who were on…
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Perkiomen Valley School District shared how the potential $85 million in federal spending cuts could affect the 2013-14 budget.
The Perkiomen Valley School District stands to lose over $100,000 if a deal is not reached in Congress by March 1, to prevent the sequester—an $85 billion spending cut that will go into effect throughout the country—which would cost the Pennsylvania education system over $26 million. The White House released reports on affects that the sequester cuts will have on Americans as part of its strategy to pressure Republicans into accepting a deal that will create new revenues, according to the Huffington Post. Based on a Feb. 11 presentation from Perkiomen Valley School District Business Administrator Jim Weaver, the school district stands to lose $102,439 in federal funds for the 2013-2014 school year if the sequester occurs. Weaver presented …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Patch takes a sneak peek as students prepare for the March production.
Periomen Valley Middle School East students have been spending their afternoons at school – this week and next, until 9 p.m. every day – preparing for their “Peter Pan” production, running March 1 through 3, complete with flying actors. “I always loved the Disney movie, but never considered it because of the flying,” said director, and PVMS East emotional support aide Kathy Gittelman. “We were able to foot the bill this year.” More than 120 students are working on the production, which began auditions the week before Thanksgiving. There are 100 cast members, 25 of which have speaking roles, and 20 crew members. Patch had a chance to sit down with some of the cast – Peter, played by seventh grader Ethan Rapp, Wendy, played by eight grader …