CASD report prompts new series of questions

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Putting the report out a good step, but answers needed By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times On Monday afternoon, the Coatesville Area School District released the investigative report compiled by Conrad O’Brien and submitted to the board and administration in April of 2014. it details gross mismanagement, bullying, conspiracy, probable obstruction of justice and more — much as the Grand Jury report...

A better day than you might think for Coatesville

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In beleaguered school district, kids, community are finally coming first By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you watched the TV news yesterday, or read some of the local media, yesterday was a terrible day for the Coatesville area community. But I’m here to say this: I don’t agree. When we watched Richard Como — the former superintendent of schools, disgraced in just about every way possible...

Como, Donato face charges for ‘skimming’

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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...

Taschner is the pick for CASD Superintendent

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Will be formally introduced at March 25 meeting Dr. Cathy Taschner has been named as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Coatesville Area School District. She will be formally introduced at a March 25 meeting. Image courtesy Susquehanna Township School District. CALN — Dr. Cathy Taschner — no stranger to controversy in her current role as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Susquehanna...

NAACP chapter claims conflict of interest for president

Members ask Dr. Taylor to step aside for matters related to CASD By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times COATESVILLE – NAACP members called for Coatesville Area NAACP Chapter President Dr. Tonya Thames Taylor to recuse herself at the NAACP general meeting Monday night at City Hall, suggesting that her role as a school board member has prevented her from taking actions in the best interests...

State NAACP schedules public forum on racism

Residents invited to speak on Oct. 15 at Second Baptist Church As promised at the last Coatesville Area School District meeting, the Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP Branches, through its Education Committee, has arranged for public hearings to be held in Coatesville, “in the wake of turmoil caused by the overtly racist and sexist actions” of two former CASD administrators.  The hearings...

Residents march in protest of CASD decisions

Public, politicians call for action as attorneys continue sparring By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Protestors gather on the steps of the Benner Administration Building. Many called for the resignation of the entire school board in response to recent events. COATESVILLE – Chanting “the board must go!” a group of about 50 citizens marched from Ash Park to the Benner Administration...

Attorney calls for Romaniello, Ellison to be ousted

Rep. for Hawa claims he was forced to ignore orders from DA Updated, 4:25 p.m.: adds comment from Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan By Mike McGann and Kathleen Brady Shea, The Times Acting Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Angelo Romaniello (right) is facing allegations that he countermanded directives from Chester Couynty District Attorney Tom Hogan to keep the school...

One word: shameful

CASD school board disrespects residents for no good reason By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times CALN — I’ve been to a lot of Board of Education meetings over the years, some compelling, some downright boring, but until Tuesday night, I’ve never been to one that could be described with one word: Shameful. The Coatesville Area School District Board of Education endured (I wish I could use the...

CASD School Board allows Como, Donato to resign

Despite 3-hours of public comment asking for firings, board votes 6-1 to accept resignations By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times A packed and angry crowd overflowed the auditorium at Coatesville Area School, Tuesday, calling for the firing of former Superintendent of Schools Richard Como and former Athletic Director Jame Donato, after it was determined the two had exchanged numerous racially...