Summary of School Board Meeting
July 11, 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


The Board approved the following personnel items, as well as supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year –


Courtney Doll, French, Kennett High and Kennett Middle, resigning effective June 17, 2016.

Faustina Ortiz, custodian, Bancroft Elementary, retiring with a final day of employment of June 30, 2016, and an effective date of retirement of July 1, 2016. [8.83 years]

Nicole Zamulinsky, special education, Bancroft Elementary, resigning effective July 5, 2016.

Request for leave of absence

Amanda O’Connor, social studies, Kennett High, a child rearing leave beginning August 22, 2016, and continuing through January 2, 2017, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Recommendations for employment

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF – beginning August 22, 2016

Deborah Giles, ESL, Bancroft Elementary. Mt. Hebron High School; Mt. St. Mary’s University (B.S. in writing and Spanish); Wilmington University (M.Ed. – certified elementary); Neumann University (certified – ESL).

Kimberly Griffis, 2nd grade, Greenwood Elementary. Avon Grove Charter School; Arcadia University (B.S. – certified elementary).

Julia Lewis, social studies, Kennett High. Downingtown East High School; University of Pittsburgh (B.A. in history; M.A.T. – certified social studies).

Alvin Lynch, mathematics, Kennett Middle. Owen J. Roberts High School; West Chester University (B.S. – certified science and mathematics).

Felicia Mulé, vocal music, Kennett Middle. East Stroudsburg High School; West Chester University (B.S. – certified music).

Brittany Schiavo, special education, Kennett High. Springfield High School; West Chester University (B.S. in education – certified elementary, special education, English).


The Board approved the contract between the Kennett Consolidated School District and Titina Brown for psychological services as determined by the District during the term of the agreement, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, at the rate of $100 an hour.


Chapter 339 of the Pennsylvania School Code requires school districts to have a written guidance plan for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, sequential program of guidance services for students in grades kindergarten through 12. The plan must also include procedures to provide for guidance services to area vocational technical schools. The Board approved the KCSD School Counseling Chapter 339 Plan.


As part of a sidewalk expansion project, Kennett Township is requesting that the District approve a Waiver of Rights and Deed of Easement which will allow the Township use of and access to a small portion of the Legacy Fields (Parcel # 62-4-215-E) property. The drainage easement will be located at the northeast corner of Legacy Fields just beyond the enclosed synthetic playing surfaces and will not impede on the District use of the property. We will not receive compensation for the property restriction; however, we are entitled to reimbursable costs for legal and engineering fees not to exceed $4,000. The Board approved the Waiver of Rights and Deed of Easement.


After a year-long evaluation process of various student transportation software systems, the administration is recommending Transfinder’s RouterfinderPro – Transportation Management System. Transfinder offers superior technology and functionality over our existing Bus Stops software including satellite imagery services, mobile applications, stop sequence optimization, export features to Google Earth, field trip resource tracking, and data integration with our Student Information System. The 3-year total cost of the system is $38,895 with annual maintenance thereafter of $5,200. The initial year’s cost includes licensing fee, training, custom mapping for data integration, and conversion of our existing routes. The Board approved the Contract and Licensing Agreement between the District and Transfinder.


There is no Regular Meeting scheduled for the month of August 2016. However, the Board must grant authorization for the administration to pay bills that are due and to hire staff that is budgeted. The bills will be reviewed by the Treasurer and presented to the full Board at the September meeting, as will a listing of staff members hired. The Board granted authorization for the administration to pay any bills that come due and to hire new staff that is budgeted during the month of August 2016, with the bills and new hires to be presented to the Board at the Regular meeting in September 2016.


Monday, August 15
Tuesday, August 16
Wednesday, August 17
New Teacher Induction
Monday, August 22
Tuesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 24
Thursday, August 25
In-Service Day
Monday, August 29 1st Day for Students
Monday, September 5 DISTRICT CLOSED
Monday, September 12 School Board Meeting