Thursday, September 23, 2010
Attention Columbia: The football team will be featured on Fox 43 morning news tomorrow at like 7 a.m., along with the band and cheerleaders. Also, Gov. Rendell promised today, he'd showcase the mug he got at the high school Sunday on Post Game Live after the Birds beat the Jaquars. Roll Tide!!!!
|Governor Ed Rendell smiles as he enters Columbia High School this afternoon.|
Rendell was visiting the school as part of a promise made a couple of years ago to Principal Virginia Babic. The school administrator met Rendell in a McDonald's and asked him to visit her school. He was going to fulfill the promise last year, but cancelled out at the last minute.
Thursday, the governor was greeted warmly. As he entered the auditorium, Rendell was greeted with a loud ovation from the students and music provided by the high school band. As he made his way to the front of the auditorium, Rendell shook hands with students and staff.
During his talk with those in attendance, the governor spoke about the importance of education, mandated test scores and lauded the Columbia School District on their improvement with making Adequate Yearly Progress. The governor said the district's two elementary schools -- Park and Taylor, made the AYP, while the high school missed out by not achieving one of the 19 sub-headers, but in his opinion, the high school reached its goal.
"I would say the recession is not over. In my book, we cannot have a recovery until we start creating new jobs, but economists view the recession on the stock market success," Rendell said.
The governor said businesses might be making profits again but they are doing it with less people. "We need to create jobs and there are ways to do it."
Rendell, who has served the last eight years as Pennsylvania's governor, also served two terms as mayor of Philadelphia and prior to that was the District Attorney for Philadelphia. The governor said he's been in public life for 33 years.
Rendell also gave the students an example as the way to succeed and get better grades in the classroom.
There has been a drug arrest in Columbia: http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/292847