Comey firing raises the stakes for 2018 elections

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Just when the healthcare mess seemed ready to drown our local Congressvictims in a Jonestown Flood like deluge, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, Tuesday, swooped in and saved them by changing the subject. And by saving them, I mean sparing them from a looming electoral firing squad by hitting them with a flaming asteroid. While Pennsylvania’s...

A Q&A with Kate Young on Fair Districts PA and the fight against gerrymandering

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Recently I spoke with Kate Young about Fair Districts PA https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/ and its campaign to do away with gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Several Fair Districts presentations this spring have generated great interest. West Chester Public Library didn’t have materials on gerrymandering in its collection, so Fair Districts PA donated three...

Fair DistrictsPA forum takes on Gerrymandering

Carol Kuniholm, Chair of Fair Districts PA, addressing the audience, Wednesday night at West Chester Henderson High School. By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times WEST CHESTER – Political strategist Karl Rove once said, “He who can control redistricting can control Congress.” At her presentation Wednesday at Henderson High School, Fair Districts PA Chair Carol Kuniholm used this quote to...

Op/Ed: Why UCFSD is not redistricting

By Vic Dupuis, President, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Directors Victor Dupuis The Unionville ChaddsFord school board has decided not to change boundary lines for our elementary schools. Since there has been a great deal of discussion about it among our parents and some misinformation in the media, we are writing to clarify the reasons for our decision. More than a year ago,...

Letter: UCF should redistrict K-5 schools now

To The Editor: I cannot understand why our district is not going to reconfigure the four K-5 schools in our district. Was the consultant hired just to support the wishes of the Administration and School Board? Did the consultant have access to minutes and letters when the district was determining how to handle its K to 5 students? After many meetings discussions, and letters our district residents...

No redistricting for UCFSD in 2015-2016

Redistricting results by McKissick Associates presented to the school board By Karen Cresta, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH – There were no voting items on the agenda for a special Unionville-Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday night. Instead, it was an interactive process with the board and the public to review the enrollment and population...

UCF board Oks contract for school boundary study

Officials discuss 10-year renovation and repair plans By Karen Cresta, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford (UCF) Board of Education took another step forward in its process to evaluate the need for redistricting the district’s four elementary schools, voting to approve a contract with a consulting firm to study current and likely future student population,...

UCF to look at possible redistricting

Seeks outside consultant to evaluate population growth By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District began a process Monday night that could, eventually, lead to redistricting the sending areas of the district’s four elementary schools. Aware that the subject could generate emotional responses — positive and negative — to the idea, district...

Supreme Court upholds redistricting plan

New state house, state Senate districts for many — new district, the 74th in Coatesville area The new State House districts for Chester County, including the new 74th District, centered around Coatesville. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has upheld a new legislative redistricting plan, Wednesday, meaning the proposed district changes — including...