Monday, September 26, 2022


 See this weeks print edition  

for these stories:

  • Local Bowling News
  • Von Dohren Wins Freedom 76
  • Catania's Return Lifts Panthers to Victory
  • Tribe Battles Methacton to a Tie
  • Tribe Splits Cross-Country Meet with Upper Merion
  • Jade Traynor Leads Indians to Victory
  • Tribe Golfers Defeat Pottsgrove
  • Tribe Tennis Sweeps Pottsgrove
  • Tribe Volleyball Team Takes Pottsgrove to Five Sets

and much, much more!








News Article
Return to Previous Page

Emergency Stay Seeks to Shut down Middle School
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A new effort to halt construction of the Upper Perkiomen Middle School is underway, and at least one newly elected school board member hopes the effort succeeds.

            An emergency stay, filed Nov. 14 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by attorney Ethan O'Shea, challenges the validity of the preliminary and final land development plan approvals granted by Upper Hanover supervisors allowing the construction of the school for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The filing requests a delay in both applications until Dec. 11.

            The Upper Gwynedd lawyer said he acted on behalf Montgomery Avenue residents William Chrisman, Len Matthews and David Pico, not any of the school board members who oppose the new middle school. The three residents attempted unsuccessfully to intervene in a previous conditional use appeal between the school board and the township.

            According to O'Shea, the grounds for a stay, set forth in previous appeals, renders the township approvals invalid. 

            "We believe those grounds are meritorious in their merits," he said late last week.

            The lawyer also cited the outcome of the Nov. 7 General Election. In his filing, O'Shea argues that since the recent election of three new members will give those opposing the middle school project a majority on the board, the judge should approve the stay in order to prevent "the senseless waste of thousands of taxpayer dollars pending the imminent vote to halt the project."

            A hearing, before Senior Judge Emanuel A. Bertin, has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 22 in Norristown.

            Melanie Cunningham, one of three newly elected school board members and a vocal critic of the school, expressed hope that the injunction would succeed. According to Cunningham, she and the four other current and future school board members who oppose the project – including Steve Cunningham, Raeann Hofkin, James Glackin and Kerry Drake – are not connected to the filing.

            During last week's Upper Hanover Township's Board of Supervisors public meeting, Melanie Cunningham asked officials to support the stay. The supervisors chose to neither support nor oppose the injunction, according to Solicitor Joe Bresnan.

            Hofkin, in a Nov. 16 email to the Town and Country, wrote: "I don't know that I'm at liberty to say anything more than we (the new board members, Dr. Drake, and myself) are doing everything we can to stop the district from wasting any more money prior to the new board being seated."

            Melanie Cunningham said that she and Hofkin have volunteered to testify on behalf of the residents on Nov. 22. 






Home Editorial
News Photos
Sports Business Directory
Obituaries Classified Ads
Calendar Contact Us
  Advertise with the Town & Country... It's the weekly paper that people read, not just look at!  Click here to learn more or sign up.   Serving the municipalities of Bally, East Greenville, Green Lane, Hereford, Lower Salford, Marlborough, Milford, New Hanover, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Trumbauersville, Upper Hanover, Upper Salford
The Town & Country is now available at 64 locations throughout the region! Pick up your copy at any of the locations here, or better yet, have it delivered directly to your mailbox!  Click here to subscribe.

Local News for Local Readers since 1899.
© Copyright 2009 and Terms of Use
Site Design by Bergey Creative Group