Auditor General: Reading School District’s Efforts To Fix Problems ‘Ridiculous’

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eight months ago, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale lambasted the Reading School District.

In an audit report that he called the worst ever of a school district in Pennsylvania, he derided the district’s leadership, financial management and ability to provide students with a quality education. He said if things didn’t change quickly, there would be a more than strong chance the state would take the district over.

On Friday, DePasquale was back in town to provide an update. The story wasn’t much better.

“It is, again, not a pretty picture,” he said during a press conference at the Reading State Office Building.

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Reading School Board Member Karen McCree Says She’ll Resign

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Following a tumultuous reorganization meeting earlier in the week, longtime Reading School Board member Karen H. McCree has resigned from her position.
McCree said she submitted her resignation to board president Rebecca Acosta Wednesday. The school board released a statement about McCree’s resignation Friday.

Acosta and McCree have butted heads at recent public meetings. The tussle escalated to a heated shouting match at Monday’s reorganization meeting, when Acosta was named president.

McCree just began her 15th year as a member of the school board. Her last board meeting will be Dec. 18 and her resignation will take effect Jan. 3.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while and there have been some other reasons that I’ve decided that now is the time,” McCree said of her decision Friday.

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A Promise To End Bus Mix-Ups In Reading School District

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Editor’s note:  I am not filled with confidence after reading this.

In the wake of a week of busing mix-ups that left parents searching for their children, Reading School District officials are working on a new plan to make sure students get safely to where they’re supposed to be.

Dr. Carlinda Purcell, superintendent, said Friday that the district believes talks with the Berks County Intermediate Unit, which the district contracts with for busing, have resulted in a new plan that will fix the district’s transportation woes. Purcell said she hopes the plan will make the second week of the school year run smoother than the first.

“By the end of next week, all these issues will be resolved,” she said.

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