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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
March 29, 2023

            The Quakertown Community School Board (QCSB) called a special meeting to order on Tuesday evening to appoint Dr. Matthew Friedman as the new superintendent to lead the district. Friedman will be replacing Dr. Bill Harner, who has served the district for over a decade.

            The newly appointed superintendent was chosen after a four-month-long search.

New QCSB Superintendent Dr. Matthew Friedman, \

second from left, with his family Hannah, left, Ethan,

center, Rachel, second from right, and wife Rebecca.

Friedman is the current superintendent of schools in the Ocean City, NJ, School District.

The search included a community survey that elicited hundreds of responses. It also consisted of numerous interviews with board members, as well as stakeholder meetings with parents, community leaders, principals, professional staff, teachers and support staff.

            Board President Glenn Iosue said, "He is very passionate about education…The School Board is excited for Dr. Friedman to join us."

            "The search process was extremely comprehensive… we turned over every stone to find a candidate," said board member Chris Spears.

            The board approved a four-year contract term that will begin on July 1, 2023 and continue through June 30, 2027.

            "Thank you. I am humbled and honored to be standing in front of you. Thank you for this opportunity," said Friedman.

            "As superintendent, I will ...

Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner
March 29, 2023

            The Washington Township board of supervisors agreed on Thursday night to permit Solicitor Joan London to petition the Berks County Court of Common Pleas to remove a deed restriction from a 1.5-acre parcel the township owns on Barto Road.

            The township acquired the land from a developer years ago.  The deed restriction prevented the parcel from any use other than municipal use such as a firehouse.  The deed restriction must be removed so that an exchange can occur between the township's 1.5 acres and 26.3 acres owned by Prestige Properties Partners. 

Prestige Properties Partners is the developer of the proposed Edison Walk subdivision.  The 26.3 acres the township will acquire through the exchange are located along Hoffmansville Road.  The donation to the township will meet part of the Edison Walk subdivision open space requirement.  The tract is close to another parcel the township owns near the Bally Springs development.

            As part of a legal settlement mandated by the Berks County Court of Common Pleas between Washington Township and developer Richard Mingey, the large tracts of land owned by Mingey were required to ...



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