Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wrestling Champs, Bumble Bees and Real Estate

Photo by Evan Brandt
The Pottstown High School Wrestling Team is congratulated by the school board for being the champions of the frontier division of the Pioneer Athletic Conference.
Monday night's school board meeting, clock in at 32 minutes, may have set a record.

After congratulating those Pottstown High School Trojan wrestlers for winning the Frontier Division championship of the Pioneer Athletic Conference, things moved along at a quick pace.

A presentation by the guidance office revealed that already by March, 6, 65 percent of the Class of 2017 has been accepted into a two-year, four-year or technical post graduate institution, or the military.

"Sixty-five percent accepted in March is an awesome number," said Acting
Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez.

He said it is a sign that "the culture in this school is shifting and it's obvious students in this school are getting excited by continuing their education." 

The board also endorsed a suggestion from board member Thomas Hylton that Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns, a non-profit with which he is affiliated be supported in pursuing a grant to turn the large lawn at the former Edgewood Elementary School into a natural meadow, planted with wildflowers, to help support declining bee populations.

And Rodriguez also offered an interesting piece of news. 

He said according to information from Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, the median property price in Pottstown rose from by 16 percent last year from $128,000 in 2015 to $161,000 in 2016.

Rodriguez also said according to Realtor Matt Green, there has been a 19 percent increase in total home sales in 2017.

"I think that is evidence that Pottstown is finally turning the corner," said Rodriguez.

Here are the Tweets from a very short meeting.

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