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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
January 17, 2019

           The termination hearing for Andrew Skelton, chief of the Borough of East Greenville Police Department, will resume at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, according to Mayor Keith Gerhart.

            Gerhart has recommended that Borough Council dismiss Skelton – who took himself off duty at 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 for an undisclosed reason – for professional neglect and violation of his official duties, according to Michael Peters, East Greenville's solicitor. The hearing, which is private at the request of Skelton, started Jan. 8 and was scheduled to reconvene on Monday, Jan. 14.

            Lawyers representing the borough and Skelton will both be permitted to submit evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, according to Peters. Melissa Fiala, a Bensalem Township attorney hired by borough council, is officiating the hearing.

            Skelton, a retired Pennsylvania state trooper and Hereford native, was hired in May of 2017 to advise council on ...

Written by Jennifer Butler, Correspondent
January 17, 2019

            Last year, Quakertown Community School District received criticism for holding classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At that time, Superintendent William Harner announced that students would receive specific instruction focused on the slain civil rights activist while attending classes for a snow make-up day.

            Media outlets, however, criticized the decision, which came just three months after two QCSD students were disciplined for throwing stones and shouting racial slurs at a bus carrying students from Cheltenham School District after a football game.

            In the year since, the Quakertown school board and administration have taken several measures to glean a positive change for the district from the incident. The district created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and invested $32,000 in district-wide cultural competency training through the Pearl S Buck Foundation. The Peace Center developed a diversity curriculum which was delivered to all fourth-grade students.

            Last April, student leadership from both Quakertown and Cheltenham marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, gathering with Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode to pay tribute.

            This year, QCSD will not hold classes on Martin Luther King Jr Day next Monday. In addition, the district has launched its first annual MLK Day of Service. Over 120 students have signed up to participate in volunteer opportunities throughout the region.

            The event will kick off Monday morning in the high school cafeteria and include a second visit from Attorney General Shapiro as well as a keynote address from MLK scholar Rev. Dr. Gregory James Edwards. From there, students will ...



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