KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
September 14, 2015

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 610-444-6602610-444-6602.

PERSONNEL    

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

  Retirements/resignations

Sharon Bennett, Director of Special Education, retiring with a last day of employment of November 30, 2015.  [6.7 years]

Lisa Cole, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary, resignation effective August 14, 2015.

    Requests for leave of absence

Cassandra Allen, guidance counselor, Kennett High, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning August 24, 2015 and continuing through on or about November 15, 2015, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Rebecca Wagner, ESL, New Garden Elementary, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning on or about October 15, 2015 and continuing through on or about November 29, 2015, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Nicole Zamulinsky, special education, Bancroft Elementary, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning on or about August 24, 2015 and continuing through March 27, 2016, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

    Recommendations for employment

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF – beginning August 24, 2015

Elizabeth Antonacci, special education, Bancroft Elementary (LTS through March 18, 2016).  Lower Moreland High School; West Chester University (B.S. in elementary and special education).  

Ryan Battin, music, New Garden and Bancroft Elementary (LTS through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year).  Coatesville Area High School; West Chester University (B.S. in music education).  

Sherri Donnell, 2nd grade, Bancroft Elementary.  Wilmington Christian School; West Chester University (B.S. in elementary education; M.Ed. in elementary school counseling).

Erin Evans, 1st grade, Bancroft Elementary.  Bishop Shanahan High School; West Chester University (B.S. in early childhood education).  

Lauren Frattura, 6th grade science, Kennett Middle (LTS through December 11, 2015).  Unionville High School; Bloomsburg University (B.S. in middle grades (4-8) education).  

Rachel Garvin, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary.  Lemon Bay High School; University of Central Florida (B.A. in psychology); University of South Florida (M.Ed. in elementary education).  

Kimberly Griffis, 3rd grade, Greenwood Elementary, beginning on or about September 21, 2015 (LTS through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year).  Avon Grove Charter School; Arcadia University (B.S. in early childhood and elementary education).  

Sara Krieger, speech/language pathologist, Kennett Middle and Greenwood Elementary.  Kennett High School; West Chester University (B.A. and M.A. in communicative disorders).  

Joseph Lentz, special education, Kennett Middle.  Bishop Shanahan High School; Millersville University (B.S. in business management); Immaculata University (B.A. in elementary and special education; M.A. in educational leadership).  

Amanda Lozada, mathematics, Kennett Middle.  Kennett High School; West Chester University (B.S. in elementary education; M.Ed. in school counseling).  

Cara Malone, guidance counselor, Kennett High (LTS through November 26, 2015).  Swampscott High School; Cornell University (B.S. in human development and family studies); Tufts University (M.A. in school psychology); West Chester University (certification in school counseling).  

Devon McCarthy, 3rd grade, Greenwood Elementary.  Bishop Shanahan High School; Pennsylvania State University (B.S. in public relations/sociology); West Chester University (certification in elementary and mid-level education).  

Laurie Myers, special education, Bancroft, Greenwood, and New Garden Elementary.  Williamsport Area High School; Bloomsburg University (B.S. in speech); Holy Family University (M.Ed. in elementary and special education).

Jacob Nisenfeld, special education, Kennett Middle.  Council Rock High School; Rowan University (B.S. in communications); Pennsylvania State University (certification in special education).

Gail Nowak, ESL, Mary D. Lang K Center (LTS September 8 through on or about December 18, 2015).  Chichester High School; Widener University (A.S. in business management); Neumann University (B.S. in early childhood and elementary education).  

Keely Panichelli, special education, Kennett Middle.  Archbishop Prendergast High School; West Chester University (B.S. in special and elementary education).

Jillian Tomaino, STEM, Kennett Middle.  Moon Area High School; West Chester University (B.S. in middle grades (4-8) education).  

Kimberly Wheedleton, 2nd grade, Greenwood Elementary (LTS through February 26, 2016). Allegany High School; Pennsylvania State University (B.S. in elementary education); Loyola College (M.Ed. in English).  

Lauren Williams, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary.  Exeter Township Senior High School; West Chester University (B.S. in early childhood education).  

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Thomas DePeppe, carpenter/locksmith, District-wide, beginning August 10, 2015. 

Linda Rosenbaum, library clerk, Bancroft Elementary, beginning September 1, 2015.

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE STATUS    The following temporary professional employees are certified as satisfactory by the District Superintendent for professional employee status according to the provisions of the Public School Code:  

  •     Doll, Courtney
  •     Fairchild, Kelsea
  •     Hutcheson, Joseph
  •     Jones, Matthew
  •     Penny, Alicia
  •     Quinn, Jillian
  •     Schwendeman, Kelly
  •     Virgin, Robert

KMS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL    

The Board appointed Jacob Moore as an assistant principal at Kennett Middle School beginning August 17, 2015.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Slippery Rock University and his master’s in educational administration from McDaniel College.  He served for eight years as a Spanish teacher at Perryville High School.

KHS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR    

Sean Harvey was appointed as the athletic director at Kennett High School beginning August 24, 2015.  Sean received his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his master’s in athletic administration from West Chester University.  He has served as a teacher and athletic director for the Oxford Area School District.

FIXED ASSET APPRAISAL SERVICES    

Annually the District contracts with an independent appraiser to conduct an onsite inspection to re-inventory all capitalized and controlled fixed assets.  Machinery, furniture, and equipment will be properly recorded and bar coded then categorized in the fixed asset database.  At the conclusion of the onsite fieldwork, a comprehensive report is generated detailing the description, location, value, depreciation, and other valuable information to help the District maintain accurate records for financial accounting and insurance purposes. However, in an effort to further reduce costs, the Business Office will track and update annual fluctuations in assets and limit the onsite re-inventory appraisal services to once every five years.  Under this new format, the District will save $24,200 over the life of the contract. The Board approved the contract with AssetWorks for comprehensive re-inventory appraisal services with the first four years’ annual fee of $1,750 and the last year’s annual fee of $7,800.

TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT WITH LICENSED CHILDCARE CENTERS    

The Board approved the Transportation Agreement between the Kennett Consolidated School District and the Licensed Child Care Centers to continue providing extended bus transportation service.  This will allow children attending these centers to be transported to their residential elementary school even though the child care center is located outside the attendance area.  The licensed child care centers will reimburse the District for the actual cost of the extended bus service.  

TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT WITH PARENTS    

The District has re-instated and the Board approved a previously negotiated Transportation Agreement with the parents of a student to assure uninterrupted transportation from the homes of each parent.  The Agreement declares that the unique arrangements agreed upon in this situation are not construed as being standard practice or policy. There is no added cost for the District in implementing these arrangements, and the District has entered into this same agreement in years past with this family.

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