Upper Darby mayor unveils plan to resolve battle for control of summer scene – CBS Philly

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) – New developments in the battle over who should control Delaware County’s Summer Stage program. The mayor of Upper Darby unveiled a proposal on Tuesday night.

He asks the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation to administer the program with full artistic, personal and financial control.

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Currently, the Township of Upper Darby and the school board fund and manage the program. All three entities must approve the proposal.

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“The Summer Stage program is an invaluable public trust and that is why we have worked so hard to develop a plan that preserves, protects and develops the program even following Mr. Dietzler’s retirement,” said Mayor Barbarann Keffer in a statement. “The township sincerely thanks Harry for his many decades of service. I am truly grateful for his vast contributions to our community and that is why our plan offers him complete artistic control for as long as he wishes to participate. Now more than ever, it is vitally important that all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, can experience the magic of Upper Darby Summer Stage.

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The mayor also announced that Upper Darby will allocate $ 2.5 million to fund up to 500 Summer Stage scholarships per year.

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