Another miracle needed in Upper Darby
I can’t escape the notion of the need for another education miracle in Upper Darby.
I wrote about it in my print column today.
This newspaper spent a lot of time and effort detailing the efforts of stsudents, staff, parents and alumni to save Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast high schools.
Now it turns out they’re in need of their very own miracle right next door in the Upper Darby School District.
A budget crunch is forcing the district to implement to some very tough choices, including eliminating a lot of teachers positions and so-called “special” classes that focus on art, music, physical education and library in the elementary schools.
By the way, in my print column today, I indicated the proposal would affect both elementary and middle schools. That was the parents’ fear, but it is incorrect. This proposal is for elementary schools, not the middle schools.
Still, parents are anything but happy and are gearing up for a battle to stop the cuts.
I wish them luck. They’re going to need it. The board is in a no-win situation here. And if they manage to dodge the bullet this year, they will be staring down the barrel again next year.
Parents will meet again tonight as they prepare to make their voices heard when the district budget is formally introduced Tuesday night.
We’ll be there to bring you fireworks.