Coatesville teachers approve strike vote; want talks to continue

District argues current offer, based on Fact Finding, is fair By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Hundreds of members of the Coatesville Area Teachers Association attended Tuesday night’s Coatesville area School District Board of Education meeting to protest being without a contract for more than a year. CALN — The war of words over the expired Coatesville Area School District’s teachers contract...

CASD board, admin mum on Act 85 allegations

Questions remain over numbers of students leaving for charter schools By Lauren Parker-Gill, News Editor, The Times At the noticeably quiet and uneventful committee meeting and special board meeting of the Coatesville Area School District Tuesday, neither school board members, nor superintendent Dr. Cathy Taschner addressed accusations made by the group, “The Movement,” at the last school board...

CASD to withhold some charter school payments due to budget impasse

Board salutes AFJROTC students during meeting By Lauren Parker- Gill, Staff writer, The Times The Coatesville Area School District will withhold some payments to charter schools due to the ongoing budget impasse. The state has been without a budget since June 30 and has not reimbursed local school districts for their share of charter school payments. CALN – The Coatesville Area School District will...

CASD focuses on positives as school year starts

Residents question hiring decisions; no decision on status of CASD police By Lauren Parker-Gill, Staff Writer, The Times While Coatesville Area School District officials described the preparations for the 2015-16 school year, some residents questioned the district’s hiring practices during the recent CASD Board of Education meeting. CALN – As the CASD board of directors and superintendent Dr....

CASD approves service contracts, hires principals

Taschner to forego raise for 2015-16 school year By Lauren Parker- Gill, Staff Writer, The Times Jason Palaia gave a presentation to the school board and the public, outlining the process of hiring a new company for therapy and nursing services. CALN – The Coatesville Area School District Board of Education held its monthly committee meeting, followed by a special board meeting last Tuesday where...

The Times’ Interview: Q&A with Dr. Cathy Taschner

Editor’s Note: Dr. Cathy Taschner, Superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, agreed to a lengthy, sit down question and answer session last week. We present both the questions and answers as transcribed from a recording. We did not clean up language, pauses or grammar, to better reflect the exact words — and tone — of the conversation and provide Dr. Taschner with an unfiltered,...

CASD moves to outsource mental health workers

Cost savings and questions over certifications cited as reason By Lauren Parker-Gill, Staff Writer, The Times Coatesville Area School District Superintendent of Schools Cathy Taschner discusses a plan to outsource mental health services in the district during last week’s Board of Education meeting. CALN – The Coatesville Area School District board of directors took strides to improve the security,...

CASD to start process to recover unauthorized pay raises

Board of Education approves hiring of firm for forensic audit By Lauren Parker-Gill, Staff Writer, The Times Coatesville Area School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy Taschner discusses the process for a forensic audit of the district’s finances during Tuesday’s special board meeting. COATESVILLE – Superintendent Dr. Cathy Taschner and the board of directors of the Coatesville...

CASD board approves scans of Reeceville roof

Change in high school graduation date discussed By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times CALN – The Coatesville Area School Board approved an infrared scan of Reeceville Elementary School’s roof in order to diagnose the extent of leakage problems at a special meeting April 14. Reeceville Principal Catherine Van Vooren said that the leaks have been an ongoing problem, sometimes rendering parts...

CASD expects to cap tax hike at 2.6%

School district won’t take exceptions to Act 1 By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times CALN — Coatesville Area School District taxpayers can likely expect a tax hike for the 2014-15 school year, but it appears that the increase will fall within the state’s Act 1 guidelines — a drop from last year’s increase of 3.6%, under the preliminary proposed budget adopted. The Board of Education will...