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Citizens Offer Ideas for Improving TT, TESD

A grassroots effort takes a close and non-partisan look at the best ways to make Tredyffrin Township and the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District better.

Citizens Offer Ideas for Improving TT, TESD

Big ideas sometimes take time and a lot of effort to turn into reality. Sean Moir and Richard Brake have a big idea: Bring  ‘everyday’ Tredyffrin citizens together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the community.

To start the process the pair sent out a survey asking citizens:  to list recommendations for stimulating economic growth and to describe what they consider the greatest challenges for long-term economic growth in the township. 

In terms of improving the T/E School district, the survey asked citizens to list recommendations for improving student achievement and to describe the greatest challenge to improving educational quality in T/E.

. About 35 people attended to discuss the results of the survey that got 114 responses and to try to reach a concensus on the top priorities that should be addressed.

Here’s how Moir summed up the results of the survey and meeting:

Township

We should study how other successful business areas, such as King of Prussia, West Chester, Phoenixville and Exton do business and manage long term planning and development.

    Property managers, developers, and planners from Paoli and Chesterbrook should meet with the Gateway property managers to discuss their success.

      The township or the business community should create a website that emphasizes the positive aspects of doing business in Tredyffrin.

        We should survey local businesses in to find out what their biggest concerns/recommendations are, and look at how to make township processes more amenable to starting/keeping a business.

          More and better roadside and highway signage should be installed to help drive business to places like Chesterbrook and Valley Fair Shopping Centers.

            The Tredyffrin Business Development Advisory Council (BDAC) should take the lead in implementing the above recommendations.

               

              Schools

              The state pension crisis represents the gravest threat to maintaining the quality of education in the TESD, and that area residents are demanding that reforms be implemented at the state level that would reduce the spiraling local financial obligations related to that state mandated cost.

                Area residents insisted that there be no erosion of educational quality due to the fiscal stress facing the TESD, and while they were split rather evenly in terms of recommending either salary/benefit cuts or new sources of revenue to plug the budget gap, citizens agreed that educational quality must be maintained.

                   

                  Community Matters and TE Patch Blogger Pattye Benson blogged about the meeting. Click here for a link to Pattye’s blog on the meeting on Community Matters.

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