Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Update

Kennett Consolidated School District
Superintendent Search Update
 
The following is a brief update on the status of the superintendent search. An update will be posted to the District’s website and emailed to parents and staff approximately every two weeks, or more frequently if needed.
 
Monday, May 6, 2019
 
The superintendent search is underway. The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) has been hired to facilitate the process. The timeline for the search has been established. The position has been advertised locally, regionally, and throughout the tristate area, and several applications and numerous inquiries regarding the position have been received. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2019.
 
To view the superintendent vacancy notice, please visit http://www.cciu.org/suptsearch.
 
In addition, focus groups are being scheduled for mid-May through mid-June for District staff, parents, township and government officials, and the community at large. Details regarding focus groups will be emailed and posted to the District’s website as they are finalized.
 
The search process is expected to be completed in late summer/early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.
 
Questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to Dr. Joseph O’Brien, CCIU executive director, via email at KCSDsuptsearch@cciu.org or by calling 484-237-5010.
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The Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Announcement

April 22, 2019
 
Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community:
 
I’m writing to inform you that the KCSD School Board of Directors has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent following the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Barry Tomasetti, effective January 27, 2020. We have enlisted the services of the Chester County Intermediate (CCIU) executive search team led by CCIU superintendent Dr. Joseph O’Brien.
 
Integral to the process will be communication with you, our district stakeholders. The Board invites your input through a series of staff, parent, and community focus groups. These will be conducted in the near future, and more information will be available on our website soon.
 
The School Board of Directors hopes to have the search process completed by early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.
 
The members of the Board look forward to working with the entire KCSD community to hire an outstanding educational leader to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools.
 
The Board will provide regular updates on the district’s website, email news listservs, and social media.
 
Sincerely,
Joe Meola, President
Kennett Consolidated School Board
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A Spotlight on Mary D. Lang’s Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin

Kindergarten teachers and staff members create lasting impressions on their students, teaching them new skills, words, and behaviors. Each new experience is a building block in a student’s educational foundation, influencing their path to higher education and beyond.

Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin, a Title I Reading Specialist at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, understands the importance of creating a positive foundation for students.teacher with students

Dr. O’Loughlin began her career at the Kennett Consolidated School District in 2008, when she was hired as an elementary math coach. After three years, she transitioned to become a Title 1 Reading Specialist at Bancroft Elementary School for another three years. Then she moved to Mary D. Lang Elementary Center where she currently works. As a Title I Reading Specialist, Dr. O’Loughlin provides extra support in literacy skills to students of all levels. She also works with teachers as an instructional coach by providing additional resources and lessons to meet all students’ needs.

Dr. O’Loughlin is a member of the Professional Development Committee and the English and Language Arts Committee, a co-chair for Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), and a data-warehouse keeper. She is also close with Mary D. Lang’s mascot, Langley the Lion.

“Working at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center is amazing,” says Dr. O’Loughlin. “Everyone works together to benefit the children.”

One of the biggest challenges Dr. O’Loughlin faces is only having one year together before the children move on. “We build such great relationships throughout the year that it’s tough when they move on, but I am always excited to watch them grow.”

Dr. O’Loughlin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. In 2017, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Neumann University. She enjoys putting theory into practice, bridging academia and the school setting.

Dr. O’Loughlin lives in Media with her husband Dan and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling to Ireland to visit family and friends, and going to the beach. She stays busy shuttling her daughters to their sports and band practices.

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to feature the hardworking and dedicated staff members who make our District unique and special.

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Bancroft Elementary Environmental Report Available

UPDATE – Per the following announcement that was issued last evening to our Bancroft parents, the environmental report from 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. is available in its entirety by clicking on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Good Evening Bancroft Parents:

This is a very important message from the Kennett Consolidated School District.

While performing routine maintenance, our staff discovered small traces of cladosporium mold within the HVAC system at Bancroft Elementary School. We immediately contacted an environmental consultant who performed various tests that verified that the air quality is safe. In addition, the test results indicate that type of the indoor mold is the same as that found outside and that the indoor counts are lower than those found outside – both of these findings are very reassuring. The full detailed report will be posted to the District website tomorrow.

Beginning this evening, there will be remediation experts working to eliminate any areas of contamination. We anticipate the remediation to be finalized during the spring break recess. Again, I wish to reiterate that the building’s air quality is well below the range of concern, and we will continue to monitor the levels throughout the year.

As always, the safety of your children is of our utmost concern, and while this issue poses no health risks, we wanted to keep you apprised of this situation. Have a good evening.

Click to view Bancroft Elementary – Environmental Report

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Student Registration Resources

The Kennett Consolidated School District welcomes you to our district. Note: Students must have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 30th for kindergarten. For 1st grade, students must have attained the age of 6 years on or before September 30th of the year he or she is to be admitted to first grade or attained the age of five years, seven months before the first day of September and successfully completed a kindergarten program that satisfies the requirements established by Pennsylvania statutes, regulations, and rules. All registrations will be processed in the Student Registration Office, 300 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA, by appointment only. You may schedule your appointment by calling (610) 444-4235.

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2019-20 District Calendar Released

The 2019-2020 student school year will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019, and is tentatively set to end on Friday, June 5, 2020, pending the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020, with school resuming on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Spring break will be Monday, April 6, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020.

Inclement weather make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are Monday, January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 17, 2020 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (spring break).

2019-2020 KCSD District Calendar

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Kindergarten for Fall 2019 Kicks Off

Parents of rising kindergartners (those attaining age 5 by September 30, 2019) are invited to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center’s Kindergarten Kick-off. This information session and building tour will be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 14, 2019, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you so much!

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Kennett High School’s Mini-THON Raises $42,613

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of over three hundred Kennett High School students remained on their feet from 10 p.m. Friday, February 22, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease. Through a variety of events, raffles, generous corporate contributions, donations, and the Wizards basketball game, students have worked tirelessly in pursuit of this year’s goal.2019 MiniTHON Total $42,613

In the early hours of Saturday morning, student senior chairperson Jayna Bruno revealed the impressive fundraising total of $42,613 to incredibly tired but happy participants. And the donations continue to accrue.

Despite the fact that this is Kennett’s fourth year sponsoring a Mini-THON, enthusiasm is not waning. If fact, more students participated this year than in previous years.

Kennett’s seven corporate sponsors for this year’s event were Kennett Education Foundation, Sinton Air Conditioning and Heating, Austin and Bednash Construction, High Tech Auto Body, Chatham Financial, Energy Transfer Solutions, and The Perfect Impression. In addition, Kennett’s Mini-THON was supported by over thirty local businesses who donated food or money

Modeled after Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), Kennett High School’s Mini-THON featured eight hours packed with fun activities, music, and food, all with an outer space theme.

Faculty advisors for the event are Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator, and Shawn Duffy, social studies teacher and Humanitarian Club assistant moderator. Twenty-four Mini-THON Executive Student Committee Members are led by senior event chair Jayna Bruno and junior chair Ashley Willey. And joining these student leaders for the event were Kennett alums Michael Bellino and Meredith Mitchell and several teacher chaperones.

“I am so proud of the Kennett High School Mini-THON team, particularly my co-chair, Shawn Duffy, and this year’s student leaders Jayna Bruno and Ashley Willey. Our group seeks to not only raise money for Four Diamonds but to provide the community, in and out of school, with a framework for unity, inclusiveness, and fun,” said Ms. Teixeira. “And I am truly overwhelmed by the continued generous support from our community,” she added.

Event chair Jayna Bruno said, “This year’s Mini-THON was unforgettable and one I was thrilled to be part of. Not only did we host an event with the greatest number of participants in our history, we were overwhelmed by the support of the Kennett community. Without the encouragement from the community, an organization like Mini-THON would never be as successful as it is and would not be able to help nearly as many families that are battling their worst nightmare: pediatric cancer.”

If you would still like to make a donation, please visit the Kennett High School Mini-THON website at khsminithon.org or call the school at 610-444-6617 for more information.

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