Coatesville teachers reject fact finding report

Talks to continue, after health care, work rules prevent deal By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times CALN — Close, but no cigar. While the Coatesville Area School District Board of Education moved quickly to approve a fact finder’s report Tuesday night to resolve a long-standing contract dispute with its teachers, the district’s teachers — who had requested the report — while saying they largely...

Coatesville teachers make their case to the public

Coatesville Area Teachers Association President Audra Ritter makes a point during Saturday’s Coffee With CATA event. By Lauren Parker, News Editor, The Times COATESVILLE – The Coatesville Area Teachers Association held its second Coffee with CATA meeting Saturday morning at the Steelworkers’ Union Hall in the city to speak publicly on the contract negotiations with the Coatesville district...

CASD board declares impasse in teachers’ contract talks

Union seeks state Fact Finding for potential new pact UPDATED: 8:30 p.m. Adds comment, detail from teachers’ negotiator. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Coatesville Area School District announced Wednesday it declared a contract talks impasse with the district’s teachers as the district’s teachers’ union is seeking fact finding through the state’s Labor Relations Board...

Letter: Why can’t the CASD board negotiate a contract

To The Editor, As of August 2016, the Teachers of the Coatesville Area School District have been working under an expired contract and have been negotiating since January 2016. Over the past 13 months, there has been very little movement by the School Board to find mutual ground with the teachers to reach a new, fair and equitable Agreement. The teachers in Coatesville are the lowest paid in Chester...

CASD questioned over IT bids

Lower bidder calls foul, but district says security, training, specs a factor By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switch, which forms the backbone of a winning bid for the Coatesville Area School District’s Information Technology upgrade plan. CALN — The Coatesville Area School District is coming under public scrutiny for awarding an Information Technology (IT)...

Officials celebrate opening of Gordon Early Literacy Center

The Gordon Early Literacy Center celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. COATESVILLE – Standing at the podium during the September 21 dedication ceremony of the Gordon Early Literacy Center in Coatesville, State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) spoke with pride.  “This building has been involved in so many levels of education,” said Representative Lewis, a Coatesville...

Caln students get to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables

Students at Caln Elementary School sample fresh vegetables and fruits as part of a new program at the school. CALN — Imagine an elementary school child getting excited about fresh broccoli, bell pepper strips, or slices of kiwi fruit. Many students may never get the opportunity to taste fresh fruits and vegetables in their homes. This year, students in Caln Elementary School will get to snack on...

Coatesville High’s AFJROTC rehabs globe at Veteran’s Plaza

Cadets complete more than 500 service hours in the community By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times After stripping away layers of paint, cadets of PA-771 AFJROTC primed and painted the ocean of the globe at Veteran’s Plaza in Coatesville’s Gateway Park. COATESVILLE – If you’ve noticed the new paint job on the globe in Veteran’s Plaza at Gateway Park in the center of town,...

Former Coatesville athletic director gets jail time

‘Sometimes sorry isn’t enough’  By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times James Donato in a Times’ file photo. WEST CHESTER – The former athletic director of the Coatesville Area High School, James Donato, was given a sentence of between two and 23 months in prison byChester County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin in the presence of current Coatesville...

CASD continues plans to implement preschool program

Also discussed, policy on students’ use of electronic devices By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Coatesville Area School Board continued with plans for implementing the Head Start preschool program with the Chester County Intermediate unit at the Gordon Early Literacy Center. CALN – The Coatesville Area School District continues to move forward with plans for the Head Start preschool...