SF Band Director, Limerick Woman Arrested

Couple charged with ‘rolling domestic’ fight on Rt. 422

The Pottstown Mercury reported Spring-Ford Band Director John E. Eckstine Jr., 54 of Hagerstown (also lives in Royersford), was arrested on Wednesday night after what police describe as a "rolling domestic" occurred:

The Spring-Ford Area High School band director and a female acquaintance were charged after a domestic dispute where they allegedly were “weaving” through traffic on Route 422 before crashing on East High Street Wednesday evening, police and court papers indicate.

John Edward Eckstine Jr., 54, of Hagerstown, Md., and Jacqueline M. Alegado, 48, of Castle Drive, Limerick, were both incarcerated in Montgomery County Correctional Facility after they were arraigned on the charges Thursday and unable to post bail.

The two were allegedly weaving in and out of traffic in separate cars as the fight unraveled. The two later crashed on East High Street, involving a third vehicle. Alegado needed medical assistance, but things reportedly turned sour.

Police took both Eckstine and Alegado into custody and transported them to Pottstown Police Department until their arraignments. When Alegado was taken into custody, she allegedly said she was suffering from seizures and Goodwill Ambulance was called to the scene. Alegado allegedly said a racial slur word to a black EMT and then spit in the face of a female EMT, Foltz said. As a result, Alegado was also charged with ethnic intimidation.

Foltz said his department tries to determine who the aggressor is when they respond to reports of domestic violence, however, “in this case, it was hard to tell. When police responded, they weren’t victimizing one another, they were victimizing outside lives. The best measure was to arrest both parties.”

Eckstine faces multiple charges in the incident and the Spring-Ford Area School District has had a substitute in his place in his absence.

Eckstine was charged with stalking, reckless endangerment, simple assault, and related offenses. He was incarcerated in Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,000, 10 percent bail.

Spring-Ford Superintendent Goodin said Eckstine was still employed by the district as of Thursday and had not been suspended. Goodin said Eckstine was not in school Thursday and a substitute teacher took his place. Additionally, Goodin said substitute teachers will continue to take Eckstine’s place as long as he is out.

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Mhmmmm May 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Yea I'm perfect
OneWhoKnows May 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
ConcernedParentSFASD, yes, I'm ONE HUNDRED PERCENT sure that you didn't speak to any union representatives. Dr. Goodin, the HR director, and the school board are NOT union reps; they are administrators and elected community members. Like I said before, you speaking to a district union rep about one of their teachers would NEVER happen.
Colin Larimer May 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
So... how bout those Flyers huh?
Mhmmmm May 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I will not reveal my name because of safety reasons. I support him and have been since my freshman year all the way though high school and present day.
Andrew Miller May 06, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Excuse me "Eckstine is Gone" but your username seems to be favoring one side of the story in that you are in favor of Mrs. Alegado. If Eckstine did leave his students it would have been for a good reason probably for his Mother (sorry for putting parents I didn't know that could offend people). If the house is paid off than he stayed at Spring-Ford both because it was his job, and as I said before, for the kids. As for the harassment part I do have my facts straight because she happened to have yelled at one of my friends for no logical reason, from what I understand. She made her cry, which as anyone can figure out, usually comes from some sort of trauma such as "harassment". And that, is just one story of the many that I have heard from many others. Can you blame the band parents and students for not wanting him to be around her she has caused so much stress and as you can glean from other comments is and "evil women" with previous victims. Also if you believe he was being friendly with that woman it was probably because she was constantly threatening him if he didn't sleep with her (by the way that counts as the aforementioned sexual harassment and, because she threatened him verbally, verbal harassment ) which looks like I just gave you some reasons to your question "hmmm SEXUAL, verbal harassment?". Let me warn you now, you just started an argument with a jew and there is one thing we are good at show business and accounting, two, two things we are good at, show business
Andrew Miller May 06, 2012 at 04:49 AM
, accounting, and arguing. Three, three things we are good at, show business, accounting, and arguing, and comedy. Four, four things we are good at show business, accounting, arguing, and comedy. Also I just noticed that this will be posted in reverse order so do with that what you will. Thanks
Andrew Miller May 06, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Cathy Adams May 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You go, Andrew!
KAREN DESIMONE May 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 1,340 helpful votes “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
SF Parent May 07, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Anyone, and I do mean anyone can look up someone's criminial history including dropped charges and traffic tickets if you know the name and the county it occurred in. It's public record...just sayin-- http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/Default.aspx
Joe Everyman May 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I don't know Ms. Alegado, so I can't attest to her personality, but I agree with Notsurprised in saying that Mr. Eckstine is anything but a "great person". Sure, he led the band to some championships (I was part of it during the first ACC win), but he did it for himself and only himself. I was present when he humiliated students to the point of tears for playing wrong notes. He was always an angry person, but would "play it cool" in front of other adults. He could be extremely touchy and condescending to his students, but highly favored certain ones. His personal life was entirely too well known, and there was a period where he even lived in the band room and would stay overnight. I hope he gets what's coming to him, even if it means nothing at all, but I'm glad he is no longer at Spring-Ford. I was inspired more by the musicians around me who were passionate about the music, and only a select few actually liked him. I had a brother and a sister in band before me, and both would equally agree. BTW, Andrew Miller- lol, you think pretty highly of yourself. You need to not defend such an awful man, and see that he has let you and many others down. He brought way too many of his "girlfriends" (or in other words, affairs) around the students, and this was no different. Maybe you'll see more clearly when you finally get out of high school and look back, that the inspiration was in you and not from Eckstine. I believe that you were a grade or 2 below me...
Joe Everyman May 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
To sum up- John Eckstine has thrown away a good thing, and has been given many more chances than he deserved. He is the sole reason I did not continue with music, which I now regret.
GodIsLove May 08, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Bringing her kids up in here is sick Disgusted. They are innocent and you might be the one who has mental illness. No normal person would do this to innocent children. I pray for your children that they have a parent like you. What if it was your children? You need mental health.
Andrew Miller May 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Nope I'm a freshmen in college. I didn't have the best relationship with eckstine in fact we never got along. I posted that out of respect, I respected that man for what he did for the band, his personal life disgusts me. He would be condescending to me and even make fun of me. One day I asked him what his problem was with me, and he told me that I needed try harder. For what ever reason he thinks being mean is what drove people to be better. I never agreed with that. He did make the decisions in hiring, the percussion instructor who taught me and made me better. For that I thank Mr. Eckstine, I never supported that way he handled the percussion section of the band, but the winds, from what I've seen with the freshmen that come in every year, are worked with after school with him to help learn scales, and music. I never witnessed anybody harassed to the point of tears, you obviously saw a different side of him.
Studentfromclassof2010 May 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Joe Everyman... HE wasn't the only one who wanted to win it. The senior class of that first ACC title wanted it more than any one. So just because you're a little salty because you weren't as liked by him doesn't mean you need be bashybashy on him.
ScrewYouAll May 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Eckstine was like my father. Though I'm only a sophomore, I shared so many passionate moments with that man that I could easily tell you what he's feeling. We (the students of the SF Marching band) are all hurt in some kind of way. We shared a bond with that man. I will never forget him, not matter what the truth is, no matter what his side is, or what her's is. He is Mr. Eckstine. My second father, and that's what he will always be.
SFASDEMPLOYEE May 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I am an employee of the district and she has never been mean to me. I know she was harrased by band parents for two years. I also know that I have had confrontations with Mr. Eckstine and that he did not make his co-workers feel comfortable when walking by the room and hearing him scream and berate the students. Just my opinion.
SFASDEMPLOYEE May 10, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Amazing why innocent children are being brought into this mix. Give it a rest.
SFASDEMPLOYEE May 10, 2012 at 02:44 AM
He was not a pleasant coworker. He got suspended on numeroud occasions. I can say that I know he belittled co workers on a daily basis. His way and students felt threatened by him.
ForgiveAll May 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (attitude: forgive because you love the Lord) 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (attitude: can love cover it?) 2 Corinthians 2:5-8 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. (attitude: stand ready to forgive) Galatians 6:1-2 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (attitude: approach gently and stand ready to restore the relationship) Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)
Job Posting For Band Director May 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
OFFICIAL POSTING OFF OF SPRING FORD JOB POSTING WEBSITE: Music Teacher/Band Director Job Description Spring-Ford Area School District, located in Royersford, Montgomery County is seeking applicants for an experienced Music Teacher/Band Director for our Senior High School (Grades 9-12) for the 2012-2013 school year. This position is responsible for guiding students to achieve musical expression and understanding; and to provide guidance and encouragement to help students benefit from their participation in the band program(s). This position also holds the extra-curricular position of marching band director. The Spring-Ford Area School District's Golden Ram Marching Band is a highly successful program having won three CBA Championships, six TOB Southeastern PA Region Group IV Championships and five TOB Atlantic Coast Championships and is a source of pride for the district and community. Requirements for this position include: valid PA certification in music, prior experience working with high achieving/performing band programs, and current clearances. Primary Location Senior High School 10-12 Salary Information Contracted Job Contact Information Name Melody Hendricks Title Administrative Assistant Phone Email mhend@spring-ford.net Name Melody Hendricks Official that Mr. Eckstine will not be returning to Spring Ford Area Senior High School
Courtney May 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
He did not belittle his coworkers. Go home. I bet you are a pleasant teacher youself.
HistoryTeacher May 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Courtney, I have taught at SFAD for 20 + years and Mr. Eckstine has had infinite altercations with staff. I am referring to his sophomoric behaviors with both faculty and students. It is his behaviors that some of the faculty loath. I am not implying that he has not made the musical program/curriculum phenomenal, I am merely implying he was very terse with many students and faculty. I wish all the students great prosperity in their musical endeavors.
Joe Everyman May 11, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Hey 2010 student, I never said the students didn't want it lol. I sure as hell wanted it, and I know for a fact that the senior class wanted it the most because they had fought 3 previous years without getting it. However, everything I said was true, whether he liked me or not. And he did like me for a while, but suddenly I wasn't good enough... So I don't exactly understand where you're coming from. And "ScrewYouAll"- seriously, get over it. You should find someone else's ass to kiss now.
snowangel May 11, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I worked with him and he was always pleasant. I never had an issue.
HistoryTeacher May 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I have worked with him and as I said his sophomoric behaviors with both faculty and students were unacceptable.. It is his behaviors that some of the faculty loath. Snowangel if you are indeed a faculty member, you must admit his ability to treat people with respect was less than desirable. Lastly, no school district employee would make comments with respect to students and or parents on a website. Remember we are about our students. Again, I wish all the students great prosperity in their musical endeavors.
snowangel May 12, 2012 at 01:42 AM
History teacher, I am a faculty member and he has always been very pleasant to me. I would be the first to say if he was rude or sophomoric. I never experienced any of that from him in all my years here.
Corissa Furr May 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Mr. Eckstine is a GREAT man and an even BETTER teacher!!! I couldn't be more thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from him during his years teaching at Boonsboro. He is one of the ONLY teachers I still talk about after graduating 10 years ago, because he affected me in such a positive way as a band student. There are three sides to every story. Stop judging and making assumptions, people.
Kevin Haslam May 31, 2012 at 02:18 PM
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iknowyou January 24, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Is this JoBeth Delosier?


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