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New BCCC President Tells Community “We Have Something for Everyone”



At a recent Bristol Borough School Board meeting, the newly installed President of Bucks County Community College had a message for Bristol,  BCCC has something to offer everyone

President of the College Felicia L. Ganther, Ph.D., J.D. made an appearance at April’s meeting as she’s been visiting communities throughout Bucks County since her appointment.

Ganther highlighted what BCCC has to offer students, families, and the community in  a presentation to school district officials.

“We have something for every person who comes to us” she said as she went through a number of the programs and efforts the college offers currently.

Ganther noted the 42 transfer programs from BCCC to other colleges and  that the school is the number one educational point in the state, she said.

The new college president pointed out a number of additional reasons why BCCC is a the place to be for students new and old.

-Costs to attend are about $6,500 yearly

-Transfer agreements with other institutions of higher learning,

-Discounted costs or scholarships waiting for students transferring from BCCC to other colleges and or universities.

Credit: BCCC- Bristol Campus

Ganther highlighted a newly inked agreement with Delaware Valley University in which students who are Bucks County residents graduating from BCCC with an associates degree will earn a 50 percent discount, which is a savings of about $117,000, by transferring there.

The college president also highlighted a new deal with Estee Lauder for those interested in supply chain aspects of business.

The company, she said, will pay for students, put them to work who attend BCCC and move on to Temple.  Upon graduating with a Bachelors Degree students can walk into a career with little to no debt making $70,000 yearly, she said.

“These are the types of partnerships we’re doing. These are the things we’re doing in order to make sure every young person who has dream, an idea of being successful, every family that want’s to see there son or daughter do much better than the generation before them. That we at BCCC realize those dreams, goals and hopes”

With the new Center for Advanced Technologies planning to open this summer on the Lower Bucks Campus Ganther said the new building will be used for an  array of new offerings too.

Ganther also highlighted the CDL training program offered. She said regional companies looking for qualified drivers  have partnered with the Bucks County Work Development Workforce board and Career Link searching for drivers.

Ganther spent the last section of her presentation focusing on high school students who are now just beginning to consider what it is they want to do after graduation.

Many Bristol students, like those inducted into the National Honor Society recently, will go on to area colleges and universities.

Bristol High School graduates can matriculate with up to 25 college credits completed. The courses are free to students in areas such as psychology, digital media, sociology, public speaking and more.  The offerings for students are growing yearly and are paid for by the school district.

And with the Fire/EMS curriculum beginning next fall, which will also be transferable to colleges and universities, students will be well on their way to completing a degree and in turn saving families on educational costs.

“That’s huge for our students” said Superintendent Dr.Thomas Shaffer.

“Plus students get to experience what its like to have a college instructor, which is an entirely different experience from having a high school teacher, said (Nick)

Officials said 66 students will be graduating in June.

Credit: Bucks County Community College

Ganther said BCCC will hold assemblies for High School Juniors even if students think college is not a place for them.

We want students to know we have something post secondary to offer like trades, occupational degrees. If they want to seek a non-traditional educational experience that will allow students to make a good wage, we can help with that.  she said.

Ganther, said more future events, such as a career day,  will be geared  towards exposing  students to as many careers as possible.

We want to ensure that students who do not plan to attend college have a game plan towards making  a living wage – looking forward not standing still, she said.

“At Bucks we want every goal, every desire, to come to fruition. Bucks is where dreams are realized.”

School Board President David J. Chichilitti  said the board is, and will continue to work hard on providing students and families as many options as possible in order to make informed career choices.

I really wasn’t fully aware of everything our students can access and use from BCCC, he said.

We’re really proud of our partnership with BCCC and we will continue to work with Dr Ganther to make sure it continues to grow so our students can prosper, Chichilitti said.

The board expects to tour the Lower Bucks campus once all the work on the new building is completed.


Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Education - Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough School District Hires from Within to Fill Principal, Asst Principal Positions at Elementary School



The Bristol Borough School District announced the hiring of new leadership beginning July 1 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School.

Schoolboard President Dave Chichilitti said Wednesday he’s really excited about the appointments of Ms. Julie Balcer, as the new principal and Ms. Danielle Leyrer, as the elementary assistant principal at Snyder-Girotti.

Former principal Kelli Rosado tendered her resignation in March, officials said, however no explanation for her leaving in the middle of the academic year was provided.

Balcer began her educational journey in 2009 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School. Over the past 15 years, she has made significant contributions as a 6th-grade teacher, a 5th-grade special education teacher, and later as a kindergarten teacher. In the past year, she has served as Dean of Students and Acting Principal of Snyder-Girotti, demonstrating her leadership skills and dedication to the school community, officials said.

Leyrer is a dedicated educator who is committed to empowering students and educators by fostering a supporting and enriching learning environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She completed her master’s degree and Principal Certification at Pennsylvania Western University – California, says a district release.

The duo were approved for the new “official” roles unanimously by the board last week.

Balcer is scheduled to make $125,000.00 per year and Leyrer has an 11- month contract coming in at just over $104,000.00.

Both Chichilitti and Truelove said they could not answer any questions with regards to any personal or social media related comments on personnel matters of any kind.

“As for social media posts not authorized by the District, we can’t comment on those matters…” in regard to recent allegations made and reported on by Lower Bucks Source last week which were commented on by a self-reported school district employee.

If any parent is having some kind of issue or concern, Chichilitti said, please reach out to us. We’re here for the students of school district and their parents and or guardians. We encourage everyone to contact us with questions.







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Education - Bensalem Township

Scholarship for Foundation A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Application Deadline Extended




The deadline for submitted applications to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation has been extended to July 6, 2024, said foundation officials.

The A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation announced it will grant several partial scholarships for studies at colleges, universities, technical schools, nursing schools, and other accredited post-secondary institutions during the 2024-2025 academic year.

To be eligible, said a foundation spokesperson in the release, an applicant needs to meet the following requirements:

  •  graduating high school seniors or other persons enrolling full time in post-secondary schools for the first time.
  • resident of Bucks County
  • academically well qualified for the school they plan to attend
  • have a record of involvement in school, community, religious and/or other activities (especially as a leader)
  • have been involved in giving service to others
  • have a financial need.  (Gainful employment may be considered as a substitute for extensive involvement in leadership and service activities.)

Application forms may be obtained by emailing a request to or mailing it to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 511, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Questions can be directed to the email address

Completed applications must be emailed or arrive by July 6, 2024.  From among the applications, the Foundation will select those best qualified for scholarships in July and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Typically, six to eight scholarships are awarded averaging between $2,500 to $5,000 dollars.

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Education - Bristol Borough

Sources Allege School Bus Driver Left 1 Student Alone, Almost Forgot 2nd on School Bus



Multiple sources over the last week say children with challenges have been left unsupervised at one drop off location and almost forgotten by Bristol Borough School District bus driver in separate incidents over the last four weeks and “nothing” has been done to correct the situation.

More than three sources contacted Lower Bucks Source to say in the most serious alleged incident, a bus driver almost forgot a student with challenges, pulling into the bus depot and parking before realizing the student was still on the bus.

In the second alleged incident, another student with challenges was dropped off out in front of the afterschool program they attend daily, alone for about five minutes. The student in question immediately recognized the situation and called their legal guardian, the sources told the publication.

The multiple sources, who have direct information about each of the incidents said it appears to them the school district is “protecting” the bus driver due to his public role in the community. Lower Bucks Source contacted the school bus driver over the past weekend, and they declined to comment.  A source supportive of  the “fill in” driver said, this is a character assassination effort by a now temporarily laid-off bus driver who the school district is looking into after a complaint was lodged against him by a local motorist.

Meanwhile with the academic school year ending, and the extended school year program launching soon, locals are concerned nothing will be done about the alleged incidents.

Last Friday, Lower Bucks Source contacted School Board President David J. Chichilitti who did not respond to  a request for comment.

The parents of the students involved in the alleged incidents were also contacted by this media outlet and declined to comment.

As one source said Monday, “this can’t stand.”

On Tuesday Solicitor for the school district, David J. Truelove said the district would not comment on employee related matters.

” As these allegations involve potential personnel matters the District cannot provide comment. ”

The bus driver in question will not be identified by Lower Bucks Source at this time, due to the seriousness and nature of the accusations, and the fact that the sources for this story requested to remain anonymous.





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