KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
March 13, 2017

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 2016-2017 school year –

Requests for leave

Jennifer Braunstein, 5th grade, Greenwood Elementary, a professional development leave for the 2017-2018 school year for the purpose of continuing her post-graduate education at West Chester University in accordance with School Board Policy 338.1, Compensated Professional Leave.

Kelly Pin, 2nd grade, Bancroft Elementary, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning on or about March 27, 2017, and continuing through June 9, 2017, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Recommendations for employment

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Matthew Chestnut, special education, Greenwood Elementary, beginning February 21, 2017 (LTS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year). Downingtown West High School; Shippensburg University (B.S. – certified elementary K-6).

Sarah Guido, elementary gifted coordinator, beginning February 21, 2017 (LTS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year). Archmere Academy; Gettysburg College (B.A. – French and political science); West Chester University (certified French).

Rachel Pearson, 2nd grade, Bancroft Elementary, beginning on or about March 22, 2017 (LTS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year). Daniel Boone High School; West Chester University (B.S. – certified grades PK – 4).

STUDENT CLUB PROPOSALS

In accordance with School Board Policy 122, Extracurricular Activities, the Board approved two requests for student organizations.

The purpose of the Finance Club is to promote financial literacy and to generate student interest in the world of investing. The Kennett Conservatives’ purpose is to provide an atmosphere for students who believe in conservative policies to express their views. The Student Organization Constitutions have been successfully completed and signed off by the student officers, club advisors, and high school administration.

REQUESTS FOR STUDENT TRIPS

In accordance with Board Policy 121, Field Trips, the Board approved the following requests for student trips:

Spain – Kennett High School is requesting permission to sponsor a student trip to Spain in the spring of 2018. Students will depart the afternoon of Thursday, March 22 and return on Thursday, March 29, 2018, missing one and one-half days of school.

Robotics Regional Championship – If the Demon Robotics place in the two district championships held in March, they will be eligible to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region championship at Lehigh University on Thursday, April 6 through Saturday, April 8, 2017, missing two days of school. The team is requesting provisional approval depending on the results of the district championships.

2017 SUMMER SCHOOL

In accordance with School Board Policy 124, Summer School, the administration prepared and the Board approved the following program of summer school instruction.

ELEMENTARY

STEM Camp – During this STEM camp, rising 6th graders will explore automation and design using a project-based format and rising 7th graders will explore programming for 3-D printing. The program will run from July 10 to July 13, 2017, 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 2017-2018 school year. The Monday through Thursday program will run four hours a day from July 10 to August 10, 2017, 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, Monday through Thursday, beginning June 26 and concluding August 1, 2017. 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 10, 2017. 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 10 through August 10, 2017. 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 10 through August 10, 2017, and will be held at Kennett High School.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday, March 14 –
Friday, March 17
K-5 Parent Conferences
Early Dismissal
Wednesday, March 15 –
Friday, March 17
6-8 Parent Conferences
Early Dismissal
Thursday, March 16 –
Friday, March 17
KHS Musical The Drowsy Chaperone
7:30 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Saturday, March 18 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Wednesday, March 22 National Honor Society Induction
7:00 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Monday, March 27 End of 3rd Marking Period (Secondary)
Curriculum Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Wednesday, March 29 Music on Parade Concert
7:00 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Monday, April 3 Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Monday, April 10 School Board Meeting
7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center