Police arrest teen over CASD alleged school shooting threat

Caln Police arrested a local student following a threat — which the student later claimed to be a joke — of a school shooting in the Coatesville Area School District, Thursday. The threat led to an early dismissal of schools in favor of remote learning as local police worked to assess the threat. It started at 7 a.m., when Caln Police Department was made aware of a tip that was submitted to...

Coatesville Opportunity Zone Impact Fund donates learning supplies to city students

Dominick Macolino, Mr. Darian Smith (CASD) and Sergeant Rodger Ollis (Coatesville police) deliver school supplies for city students impacted by COVID-19 school closures. COATESVILLE — City school children received needed supplies last week in the form of school desks and chairs donated by Activated Capital, the group that created a Coatesville specific opportunity based fund for revitalization...

CASD student faces charges over social media threats

CALN — Township Police said Friday charges are pending against a Coatesville Area School District student who is alleged to have posted a potentially threatening image on social media — allegedly as a prank to get out of school on Nov. 24. According to police: “On the evening of Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Caln Township Police were alerted by the Coatesville Area School District Police...

Dunlap named as interim CASD superintendent

Dr. Richard Dunlap The Coatesville Area School District has a new leader — at least on an interim basis — Dr. Richard Dunlap has been tapped to take over the district after the resignation earlier this summer of Dr. Cathy Taschner. The CASD board voted this week to hire Dunlap at a rate of $17,000 per month while the search for a new superintendent is conducted.

Officials celebrate opening of Gordon Early Literacy Center

The Gordon Early Literacy Center celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. COATESVILLE – Standing at the podium during the September 21 dedication ceremony of the Gordon Early Literacy Center in Coatesville, State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) spoke with pride.  “This building has been involved in so many levels of education,” said Representative Lewis, a Coatesville...

County HS students attend Youth Leadership Summit

Nearly 75 Chester County high school students attended the first Youth Leadership Summit last weekend. The students, as seen here, spent part of the day working in groups discussing everyday problems including bullying and media perceptions. CALN — Nearly 75 students from school districts across Chester County attended the First Annual Chester County Youth Leadership Summit this past Saturday,...

CASD – Board addresses curriculum, audit and equality

Eyes a future of positive change for students, staff and community   By Lauren Parker- Gill, Staff Writer, The Times CALN – The October meeting agenda for the Coatesville Area School District board, (CASD) was an especially busy one.  Highlights included Superintendent Dr. Cathy Taschner providing a presentation outlining the district’s accomplishments of the past 15 months, the board voting...

American Water grant to benefit BVA, Coatesville students

HERSHEY – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. A panel of judges selected the grant recipients...

Como, Donato face charges for ‘skimming’

Grand jury report slams Coatesville Area Board of Education for mismanagement, cover-up By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan details charges against former Coatesville Superintendent Richard Como and former Coatesville High School Athletic Director James Donato, as the new Coatesville Superintendent, Dr. Cathy Taschner looks on. WEST CHESTER — Following...

Ellison is out and so is the Tea Party

One — the former Democratic power-broker — knows he’s done, the other is oblivious By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As we head into the holiday season — and hopefully, a couple of weeks of relative quiet — a few notes and thoughts on local political stuff and other news items. Maybe the topline item this morning is that James Ellison is out at Rhoads & Sinon — meaning he will...