Summary of School Board Meeting
March 9, 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 610-444-6602.


The Board approved the following items of personnel, as well as supplemental contracts and daily substitute staff for the 2014-2015 school year –


Matthew Greer, part-time custodian, Greenwood Elementary, resignation effective March 10, 2015.

    Request for leave of absence

Jessica Yarnall, 2nd grade, Greenwood Elementary, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning March 16 and continuing through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

    Recommendations for employment

Keely Panichelli, 4th grade, Bancroft Elementary, beginning on or about March 16, 2015 and continuing through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year.  Archbishop Prendergast High School; West Chester University (B.S. in special and elementary education).


Jennifer Braunstein, a 5th grade teacher at New Garden Elementary School, was granted permission to conduct a survey of students in her classroom, New Garden Elementary room 129, to investigate their time in nature.  She developed the research plan as part of her master’s program in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning at West Chester University.  The research will allow her to investigate children’s time in nature by having her students take “brain breaks” between math and writing times.  No instructional time will be lost since such breaks are currently a part of the instructional day.  She will survey each child, with parental permission, and will ask parents to complete an optional family survey to gain more insight into the families’ connection with nature.  No demographic or identifying information will be included in the results.


The high school was granted permission to sponsor a student trip to Germany during the 2016 spring break in accordance with Board Policy 121, Field Trips.  Students will leave the afternoon of Thursday, March 17 and return on Saturday, March 26, 2016, missing one and one-half days of school.


In accordance with Board Policy 107, Adoption of Guides for Planned Instruction, the Board adopted a new course at Kennett High School entitled AP Language and Composition, which will be an option for 11th graders in lieu of Honors American Literature and will prepare them for taking the AP exam.  The overall objective of the course is to practice and master thinking and writing skills to foster effective communication.


In accordance with Board Policy 108, Adoption of Textbooks, the Board approved the adoption of Conversations in American Literature, R. Aufses, Shea, Scanlon, and K. Aufses, copyright 2015, published by Bedford/St. Martin’s.  The textbook was reviewed by the KHS English Department using the District’s Textbook Evaluation Tool and will be used for the course AP Language and Composition.


In accordance with School Board Policy 124, Summer School, the Board approved the following summer school programs as proposed by the administration –


Camp Invention – This week-long STEM enrichment program is designed for students entering grades one through six.  The program will be held at the middle school from July 13 to 17, 2015, at a cost of $220.


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 2015-2016 school year.  The Monday through Thursday program will run four hours a day from June 6 to August 6, 2015, and will be held at the high school.  The cost for each course is $300.


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 June 29, 2015.  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.

Biology Keystone Remediation – Biology remediation will be offered to any student who participated in the Biology Keystone Assessment but has yet to attain a score of proficient or advanced.  The program will run for 10 days, with each session lasting four hours a day beginning July 13, 2015.  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.


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 6 through August 6, 2015.  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 is funded by the Ready to Learn Grant and runs for three hours a day, Monday through Thursday, July 6 through August 6, 2015.