RATE OUR SCHOOL BOARD

ATTENTION CHELTENHAM VOTERSWhat is your rating of the Cheltenham School Board? FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Good job | Fair job | Poor job In each of the last 3 years, the Cheltenham School Board’s expenditures were about 3 million dollars more than its revenue. The reserve fund has been depleted by almost 50%, almost 9 million dollars, in the last three years. QUALITY OF OUR SCHOOLS:Good job | Fair job | Poor job The PSSA/Keystone results for 4 years from 2015 – 2018 are … [Read more...]

MY SIX STEP PROGRAM TO IMPROVE THE CHELTENHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

CONTROL COSTS:In the past, the district agreed to employee contracts it could not afford.  Now, in spite of the tax increases, the district has run about 3 million dollar deficits for  each of the last 3 years.  Expenditures must be brought into balance. INSTRUCTION:Consider options to the instructional model the district uses.  Evidence indicates the current model is effective for some students, but is less successful with  many others.  Let’s explore using instructional models that might … [Read more...]

THE STATE OF THE CHELTENHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Our School District can and must do better spending our tax dollars and educating our children. Four years ago, the Cheltenham School Board agreed to contracts it could not afford.  As a result, the district has been running a deficit for the last several years, including the current year.  To fund the deficit, it has raised taxes to the maximum allowed while drawing down the Fund Balance.  The School Board is engaged in contract negotiations now.  We can only hope they do not continue … [Read more...]

PASSING OF MARILYN SOLOMON

It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of CTRO's very own Marilyn Solomon. Marilyn was a longtime Committee Person serving in Cheltenham 2-2. She faithfully attended every meeting and supported our organization with great passion and generosity. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Marilyn's family and friends. She will be missed. Please click here to see Marilyn's obituary. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to charities of your choosing. Favorite Animal … [Read more...]

PASSING OF JOE GARRY

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Joe Garry, father of our very own Kathy Bowers and grandfather of our very own Melissa Palmer.  He will be missed. Our prayers & deepest sympathies go out to Kathy & Melissa and their family and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 28 June.  Visitation & services will be held on Friday, 29 June. Visitation Thursday, 28 June 6pm - 8pm May Funeral Home 354 N. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038 Visitation & … [Read more...]

SCOTT WAGNER TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CTRO’s ANNUAL BRUNCH

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 CTRO Annual Brunch featuring our Keynote Speaker Scott Wagner, 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate and current Pennsylvania State Senator, Scott Wagner. RSVP NOW DATE: Sunday, 25 February 2018 TIME: 11:00am to 12:00pm - Meet & Greet Cocktail Hour 11:45am - 2:00pm - Brunch WHERE: North Hills Country Club 99 Station Avenue Glenside, PA  19038 RSVP NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT: * Keynote Speaker, Scott Wagner * Ad Book with Local … [Read more...]

CTRO’s THOM ESTILOW APPOINTED TO THE CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE

I am pleased to announce that CTRO's Thom Estilow has been appointed to Cheltenham Township's Economic Development Task Force by the Board of Commissioners. Please join with me in congratulating Thom. … [Read more...]

DO YOU VALUE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY?

Do you value accountability and transparency? If so, I would ask you to consider that I am the one candidate who has made it a central issue. I would ask you to consider that I am the only candidate who has explicitly stated how I would bring accountability and transparency to our district. To refresh your memory, consistent with board policy #003, I would have the board direct the superintendent to provide to the board written action plans that have measurable results.  This will bring … [Read more...]

AN OPEN LETTER TO DEMOCRATS WHO ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE CURRENT SCHOOL BOARD

An Open Letter to Democrats/Independents Who Are Dissatisfied with the Current School Board The Cheltenham School Board is responsible for managing a $114 million organization with thousands of children dependent on how well it functions and thousands of taxpayers dependent on how well it controls costs. So how well has the Cheltenham School Board done on accountability, transparency, open communication, good management and controlling costs? I'll let you answer that question.  Choose … [Read more...]

STATUS QUO OR CHANGE?

At the LWV Meet the Candidates Night I repeated, perhaps a bit too much, the lack of plans.  Plans that can be evaluated.  Without written action plans from the superintendent, there is no accountability.  Unless the action plans are posted online, there is no transparency. If the board lets the superintendent run the district without providing specific plans that are evaluated, the board becomes a bystander and fails in its responsibility to oversee the district.  The current board has … [Read more...]

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess it is time to address the elephant in the room. If I were a Democrat, I believe I would be considered highly qualified to serve on the Cheltenham School Board. My background is in education as a math teacher for 43 years.  I have attended school board meetings regularly and have often spoken out and offered suggestions to solve district problems.  Two years ago, I began speaking out about the need to “end the achievement gap” and this continues to be a focus of mine. For years, … [Read more...]

Why You Should Vote for Myron Goldman for the Cheltenham School Board

The Cheltenham School Board can be graded on three major categories: Ensuring each child receives a quality education in a safe environment Transparency Control of costs and taxes Based upon the embarrassing PSSA and Keystone Test scores and the school climate issues we have how well is the Board doing? Based upon the Board's response to the teacher survey and failure to acknowledge climate and racial/culture issues and the way the Board shortened recess how transparent has the board … [Read more...]

THE ROLE OF POLICY IN SOLVING OUR DISTRICT’S PROBLEMS

The Board manages the district and gives direction to the Superintendent by using its authority to set policy.   The Board has failed to do so. I understand how the Board should manage the district to solve problems. My name is Myron Goldman. I live in Elkins Park and I am a candidate for the Cheltenham School Board. I was a mathematics teacher in the Philadelphia Public School System for 43 years, have resided in the Township for over 40 years, was previously a Cheltenham Township School … [Read more...]

Is the Recess Issue Indicative of a Larger Issue?

In general, when possible, it would be wise for the board to make anticipated changes public and gain the benefit of public input prior to implementation.   Using the information gained from the public, the board would be in a better position to make a decision that considers implications unknown to the board. For example, take the board’s decision (hopefully the administration would not make significant changes without formal or informal board approval) to change the length of the … [Read more...]

Will Hiring More Staff and Spending More Money Solve the Problems at CHS?

Time will tell, but I am not optimistic.  It is a typical solution to school problems, hire more people and spend more money. The problem is how to respond to students who either lack a self regulating mechanism or who are intentionally challenging the authority of the adults?  These students require external controls that include physically intimidating adults who know how to "get in the kid’s face.” I do not have first hand evidence, but I have been told, contrary to what is in the … [Read more...]

Why I am a Candidate for the Cheltenham School Board

We need a School Board that solves problems. The current school board ignores problems until the public learns of them and demands action. The current Cheltenham School Board, under the leadership of its president, has made a habit of ignoring problems and misleading the community. We have safety/discipline problems involving a core of students, numbering around 40-50, who challenge the authority of the teachers and other adults. This condition existed for at least several years, yet the … [Read more...]

Are High Achieving African American Students Still Being Inappropriately Placed?

  While discussing issues at the recent community meetings on Climate and Culture, I was a member of the Race and Equity sub-committee. I was distressed to hear of instances where bright, high achieving African-American students were not appropriately placed. I was aware of this problem years ago, but I assumed it was no longer an issue. If it is still happening, it is my position the board should direct the superintendent to develop a written action plan to end this practice no later than … [Read more...]

A Fresh Look at the Function of the Cheltenham School Board

I believe the school board should set policy and establish the focus and the direction for the superintendent.  This is a change from the way the board operates now. The responsibility of the board is to ensure that each school is funded and staffed appropriately in order to produce successful, caring and educated human beings. To accomplish this, the board must be aware of what is actually happening in each school building and should direct the superintendent to develop action plans to … [Read more...]

Cheltenham School Board’s Lack of Leadership Has Negative Consequences

Cheltenham Schools are in trouble! Discipline problems threaten our students Fights were a daily occurrence this past spring Teachers were hurt badly enough to be hospitalized Our students and staff feel unsafe Why was this allowed to happen?                                                                                                       Our schools can be made safe and orderly, but it will take board leadership. Academic performance is down! Our High School now ranks academically … [Read more...]

My Plan To Improve Academic Performance

by Myron Goldman A successful school is more than several hundred people coming together in a building and being divided into classes.  A successful school has a unity that transforms individuals into a "team" with a shared purpose.  This doesn't happen by accident. A school is a system that works when all parts share the same agenda.   In the case of a school, the agenda is the academic and character development of the children. Children, teachers and administration must share this … [Read more...]

My Agenda To Improve Our Schools

By Myron Goldman  If elected to the school board I will work with the superintendent to focus on solving discipline issues, school environment issues, achievement issues, racial and cultural issues and budgetary issues.   Some specific goals: Bring order to our schools Create schools with an explicit positive agenda that unifies the students and staff in a common purpose Create a welcoming and orderly school environment for all children in all school buildings Ensure students … [Read more...]

A Response to the Insubordinate Students

by Myron Goldman In our schools, here in Cheltenham, we have students who act out and do what they please without fear of consequences from the adults.   The adults have an obligation to respond effectively. The disorder must stop. At the community meeting on June 1st it was admitted that suspensions and detentions are ineffective responses.   The district intends to replace them with consequences that involve restorative practices that will encourage the student to reflect on his/her … [Read more...]

Cheltenham Needs a Problem Solving School Board

by Myron Goldman The adults must regain control of our schools. Adults, not children, must be in charge. Does the board have a clue how to fix the chaotic situation? The Cheltenham School Board failed to address the discipline problems in the Cheltenham Schools and is now focused on the problem only because a fight was recorded a few weeks ago and the video went viral. Ignorance is not bliss.   The chaos, violence and insubordination was happening while the board ignored it. Not … [Read more...]

How to Control Salary Costs!

By Myron Goldman Salary costs can be controlled. The maximum salaries for teachers and administrators in Cheltenham are among the highest in Montgomery County. In 2017-18, the maximum salary for a teacher with a Masters+36 credits and 16 years of experience will be $111,923; in 2018-19, he/she will earn $114,162. The salary scale is at: https://www.cheltenham.org/cms/lib/PA01916448/Centricity/Domain/1 80/CEA%20CBA%202016-2019.pdf on page 31   In 2017-18 and … [Read more...]

Why We Need a Change on the School Board!

The Cheltenham School Board Has an Obligation To Take Back Our Schools from the Bullies! Why hasn't it done so? By Myron Goldman There must be policies in effect that give the teachers and staff the authority and ability to keep order.  Current policies fail to do this. There must be effective consequences for bad behavior. Kids are running, shoving, pushing endangering the safety of others and there are no consequences. Kids are bullied and sexually harassed. There are … [Read more...]