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Pottstown home ownership incentive launched for school district employees, Mercury 4-28-17

By Evan Brandt

A $10,000 forgivable loan program designed to induce teachers and school district employees to buy homes in the borough has been implemented by the Foundation for Pottstown Education.

The idea was first proposed by school board member Thomas Hylton in July 2015 and Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez acknowledged the launching of the program “has been a long time coming.”

The responsibility for the program was shifted to the non-profit foundation after a legal review found problems with using tax money to benefit a specific class of citizen.

Joe Rusiewicz, executive director of the foundation, made the announcement at the April 24 school board meeting.  

PHS Wrestler Named a Top Recruit

Congratulations to Isaiah Mayes on being named to the Pa Power Wrestling News Service as a Top 300 College Recruit. Isaiah will be attending Ithaca College to study Architecture. He has been named to the All Conference and Mercury All Area Teams in both football and wrestling. In addition to his athletic honors he is also an Honor Roll student. His hard work has paid off and has set the foundation for future success. Isaiah Mayes, another reason to say Proud to be from Pottstown.  

Rodriguez chosen as new Pottstown schools superintendent, Mercury 4-25-17

By Evan Brandt

Stephen Rodriguez isn’t acting as superintendent any more.

Monday night the Pottstown School Board ended a 16-month search for a new superintendent by unanimously hiring the person who has been doing the job temporarily for the last year.

To be fair, when former superintendent Jeff Sparagana retired in June, Rodriguez was serving as human relations director and agreed to serve as “acting superintendent” but said he did not want the job of superintendent.

But evidently, after the school board went through its first round of candidates and could not find anyone that it could agree to hire, Rodriguez had a change of heart and threw his hat in the ring.  

IMPORTANT 2016-17 Calendar Information

Graduation is June 8, 2017.

The last student day is June 12, 2017 with an early dismissal:
PMS = 10:15 am
PHS = 10:30 am
Elementary = 10:55 am
Modified Pre-K:
8:40-9:40 am
9:55-10:55 am  

Help Bring Home a Fallen Trojan

We are asking for any help you can give in helping bring home a Fallen Trojan. A photograph of a Pottstown soldier who was killed in the Pacific during World War II is being sought by a foundation trying to identify remains.

Carl M. Shaffer was born on Feb. 21, 1921 in Pottstown to Herbert Donnell Shaffer and Katherine K. Shaffer, according to the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation, which is seeking a photograph of him as part of its Tarawa Unknowns project. Thanks to Mr. Evan Brandt's Mercury Digital Notebook Blog for helping us in the search for a photo that will help identify one of our Fallen Trojans and bring him home to rest. Click here for the full story: Photo Sought for Tarawa MIA Carl M. Shaffer We can never repay the men and women of our military for their service to our country, but we must never stop thanking them. If you have any information or pictures, please contact John Armato at 610-323-6274. Please share this with your friends.  

PSD Third Marking Period Honor Roll
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Spotlighting PSD April 2017
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