KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
April 10, 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

Retirements

Carol Aiken, English, Kennett High, retiring with a final day of employment on the last in-service day of the 2016-2017 school year and an effective retirement date the following day, tentatively set for high school teachers at June 15 and 16, 2017, respectively. [25 years]

Stephanie Lluna-Garces, Spanish, Kennett High, retiring with a final day of employment on the last in-service day of the 2016-2017 school year and an effective retirement date the following day, tentatively set for high school teachers at June 15 and 16, 2017, respectively. [24 years]

Rebecca Majeski, administrative assistant to the principal, Kennett High, retiring with a final day of employment of June 30, 2017, and an effective retirement date of July 1, 2017. [22 years]

Requests for leave of absence

Elizabeth Ely, social studies, Kennett High, a maternity/childrearing leave beginning on or about May 5, 2017, and continuing through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Kaitlin Fuhr, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary, a maternity/childrearing leave beginning August 21, 2017, and continuing through on or about November 11, 2017, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

MaryAnne Heckenberger, ESL, Mary D. Lang K Center, a childrearing leave beginning August 21, 2017, and continuing through on or about January 1, 2018, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Courtney Howanski, kindergarten, Mary D. Lang K Center, a maternity/childrearing leave beginning on or about April 13, 2017, and continuing through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

REQUEST FOR STUDENT TRIP

The Board granted provisional approval for Kennett’s robotics team, Demon Robotics, to travel to St. Louis, Missouri, on April 26 through 29, 2017, to compete in the World Championship should the team perform well at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Demon Robotics has never qualified for this event in its six-year history; however, the team is currently ranked 4th in the Mid-Atlantic region and has a chance of qualifying this year. Team members in grades 9 through 12 will miss three days of school.

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

The District, through legal counsel, negotiated and the Board approved a Settlement Agreement with the parents of a student in order to avoid continued and/or potential disputes or litigation. The Agreement will settle any disputed issues of fact and law but does not constitute an admission of fault or liability by either party. The Parties have agreed to keep the terms of the Agreement in strictest confidence.

PROPOSED IU BUDGET

The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides services to school districts; non-public schools; the state, federal, and county governments; and several foundations and privately owned businesses. These services are divided into Core, Marketplace, and Categorical Services areas for budget purposes. The section the School Board is being asked to approve is the Core budget. These services are paid for by all 12 County school districts and can be used by all without restriction. The 2017-2018 proposed Core budget amounts to $25,768,573, an increase of $959,085 compared to the 2016-2017 projected Core budget.

The Kennett Consolidated School District’s 2017-2018 projected contribution to the Core section of the Chester County Intermediate Unit budget will be $34,581, the same as the actual contributions to the 2016- 2017 Core budget. The Board approved the proposed Chester County Intermediate Unit Core budget for 2017-2018 in the amount of $25,768,573.

OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION BUDGET

The Occupational Education budget proposed for 2017-2018 amounts to $28,039,563, an increase of $657,069 from 2016-2017. Occupational education programs are supported primarily by district tuition for students attending the school and a prorated charge for maintaining the buildings. Kennett’s 2017-2018 charge for occupational education will be $1,665,841, which is based on Kennett’s 3-year full-time equivalent enrollment average of 81.823 at the vocational technical school. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Occupational Education budget in the amount of $657,069.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, April 10 –
Friday, April 14
Spring Holiday
Thursday, April 13
Sunday, April 16
DISTRICT CLOSED
Monday, April 17 Liaison Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Tuesday, April 18 KHS Chamber Concert
7:30 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Wednesday, April 19 5th Grade Parent Meeting
7:00 p.m., KMS Cafeteria
Saturday, April 22 Multicultural & Diversity Conference
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. KHS Auditorium
Monday, April 24 Curriculum Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Friday, April 28 KHS Prom 5:00 p.m., DuPont Country Club
After Prom 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Monday, May 1 Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center
Tuesday, May 2 KHS Interact Talent Show
7:00 p.m., KHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 3 New Garden Open House
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4 KHS Arts Festival
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
KMS Open House
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 5 KMS Musical, Bye, Bye, Birdie Jr.
Saturday, May 6 7:00 p.m., KMS Gymnasium
1:00 p.m. Saturday Matinee
Monday, May 8 School Board Meeting
7:00 p.m., KMS Gymnasium