KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
March 14, 2016

The following is a summary of the actions taken at the meeting of the Board of School Directors To review the full minutes and any attachments, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 610.444.6602

PERSONNEL

The Board approved the following personnel items, as well as supplemental contracts for the 2015-2016 school year

Retirement

Brenda Carey, Supervisor of Information Systems, retiring with a final day of employment of June 30, 2016, and an effective date of retirement of July 1, 2016.

Requests for leave of absence

Nicole Woods, kindergarten, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning on or about April 19, 2016, and continuing through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Recommendations for employment

CERTIFIED STAFF – Ross Leiser, special education/math, Kennett High, beginning February 29, 2016 (LTS through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year). Unionville High School; West Chester University (B.S. in mathematics).

SUPERVISOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Board appointed Ms. Trista Todd as the Supervisor of Special Education beginning August 1, 2016. Ms. Todd graduated from Penn Manor High School and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millersville University. She obtained certification in educational administration from Temple University and in special education from West Chester University. Ms. Todd taught first grade in the School District of Lancaster before serving as a learning facilitator and instructional coach in the Warwick School District.

REQUEST FOR STUDENT TRIP

In accordance with School Board Policy 121, Field Trips, the Board granted permission for the high school girls’ lacrosse team to travel to State College High School to play that school the evening of April 1, 2016. Students will leave Kennett High School at noon on Friday, April 1, and return the evening of Saturday, April 2, 2016, missing a half day of school.

2016 SUMMER SCHOOL

The Board approved the following program of summer school instruction that was prepared by the administration in accordance with School Board Policy 124, Summer School.

ELEMENTARY

STEM Camp – During this STEM camp, rising 6th graders will explore automation and design using a project-based format. The program will run from July 11 to July 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and will be held at Kennett Middle School. The cost of the camp is $150.

MIDDLE

Remedial – The middle school remedial summer program offers instruction to students who fail one or two academic subjects during the school year and consists of a mathematics course and a verbal/study skills course. Students are required to pass one of the summer courses in order to be assigned to the next grade for the 2016-2017 school year. The Monday through Thursday program will run four hours a day from June 11 to August 11, 2016, and will be held at the high school. The cost for each course is $300.

HIGH

Make-Up Credit – The high school summer school program will offer make-up courses to students who fail courses required for graduation in the four major content areas (English, science, social studies, and mathematics) and health. The program will run for 20 days, with each course meeting for 3 hours a day beginning July 5 and concluding August 8, 2016. The cost of each course will be $300 for resident students and $450 for non-residents.

Original Credit – Original credit will be offered for English, science, mathematics, social studies, and health courses that will be available on-line at a cost of $600 for resident students and $900 for non-residents. Students who take an original credit course will attend class for 6 hours a day.

Keystone Remediation – Algebra, biology, and literature remediation will be offered to any student who participated in a Keystone Assessment but has yet to attain a score of proficient or advanced. The program will run for 10 days, with each session lasting three to six hours a day beginning July 11, 2016. Students will be expected to re-take the Assessment during the last week of July. There is no cost for this program.

Parents will be responsible for providing transportation for all summer school programs. Financial assistance will be provided to those students demonstrating need.

SUMMER ACADEMIES

The Board approved the following summer academies

Elementary

The elementary Summer Academy is a 5-week remedial literacy and mathematics program. It is funded by Title I and local funds and runs for three hours a day, Monday through Thursday, July 11 through August 11, 2016. Students must meet eligibility requirements, and transportation is provided to and from the program.

Middle

The middle school Summer Academy is a 5-week remedial literacy and mathematics program for students entering the 6th grade and meeting eligibility requirements. It runs for three hours a day, Monday through Thursday, July 11 through August 11, 2016, and will be held at Kennett High School.

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES AGREEMENT

The District will be constructing a baseball field on the southern end of the middle school property to support our 7th and 8th grade baseball program. Architectural, engineering, and related professional services are essential for the design, development of construction documents, permitting, testing, and construction management for a project of this magnitude. The District has solicited and negotiated a proposal from Architerra, PC, for said services in the amount of $68,500. Architerra has successfully worked with the District in the design and construction of the high school stadium, baseball fields, and Legacy fields. The Board approved the agreement with Architerra, PC, to provide architectural services for the construction of a middle school baseball field.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday, March 15 K-5 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 18 Early Dismissal – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 – 6-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 18 Early Dismissal – 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 National Honor Society Induction 7:00 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Monday, March 21
Friday, March 25
Spring Holiday – No School
Thursday, March 24
Sunday, March 27
DISTRICT CLOSED
Monday, March 28 Curriculum Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Thursday, March 31

Music on Parade Concert 7:00 p.m., KHS Auditorium

Monday, April 4 Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Thursday, April 7 KHS/KMS 3rd Marking Period Ends
Monday, April 11 School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center