Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September Board Recap

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
September 26th, 2018
 
 

September 2018

 

This Month’s Highlights

 
  • Franklin Institute Partnership - A Growth Mindset

  • Comprehensive Plan

  • Chromebook Initiative - Now all Secondary

  • FOCUS Update

  • Say Something Roll Out

  • Outdoor Facilities Study

  • Code of Conduct (Policy 218) Committee Report

  • Farewell to me

 

Franklin Institute Partnership - A Growth Mindset

Our partnership with the Franklin Institute continues with more teachers receiving professional development.  Our teachers continue to implement new classroom lessons based on techniques gained from the latest neuroscience.  These teachers are sharing what they have learned with their colleagues. The focus is on building resiliency and problem-solving skills through the development of a growth mindset, mindfulness, and STEM integration.

Learn more - click here to review the presentation

 

Comprehensive Plan

The 2019-2022 UCFSD Comprehensive Plan is now published for community review.  The Comprehensive Plan is used by the state and district to ensure alignment between standards and instruction.  There are four major points of emphasis in this plan.

  • Develop STEM program in similar ways in all schools depending on grade span.

  • Improve inclusionary practices by ensuring staff are trained in best practices and instructional strategies to accommodate all learners.

  • Advance continued training with all staff on the mental health/wellness needs of our students.

  • Promote teacher collaboration and peer-to-peer observation and feedback.

The comprehensive plan is one pillar of the district’s strategic planning process.  A process that;

  • ensures all stakeholders are working toward common goals,

  • needs are identified and well understood,

  • resources are prioritized, balancing the needs of all stakeholders

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan

Learn more about the overall strategic planning process

 

Chromebook Initiative - Now all Secondary

The Administration provided the Board with an update on this project.  All secondary students have now been issued Chromebooks. This initiative is now fully implemented.  The program was first piloted, evaluated, and approved for one grade, then rolled out to the entire middle school, then expanded to the ninth grade, and now all grades 6 - 12.  This careful roll out allowed teachers time to learn how to take advantage of the new infrastructure to improve student outcomes while allowing the technology department time to upgrade needed infrastructure and support.

Learn more about this initiative

 

FOCUS Update

Strong parental support and community engagement is a critical element that drives superior student outcomes.  Our district enjoys strong support from its families, and FOCUS (Family Outreach Committee of UCFSD) has been instrumental in increasing awareness on many student wellness issues.  During this month’s work session, Board members were provided an update on FOCUS reiterating its mission and current initiatives.

FOCUS is a special committee in the Unionville Chadds Ford School District which provides information and education to parents, students, and the community through parent seminars and workshops, student assemblies, and educational materials.  The mission of FOCUS is to promote healthy choices and behaviors for youth in our community.

Learn more about FOCUS and how you can get involved (District website, under Family and Community)

 

Say Something Roll Out - “See it - Report it”

The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows anyone in the community to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene with at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others.  

The Board approved the purchase and installation of this software last year.  Since then, the state has mandated that all schools implement anonymous reporting systems this year.  UCFSD will roll out the curricular part of this system now and will delay the public reporting part of the system pending further guidance from the state.

Watch the presentation and Board conversation

 

Outdoor Facilities Study

Much has been discussed about this study already.  It has been a topic of Board and community conversation for the past several months.  The Administration reiterated that the study is a set of insights and recommendations focused on outdoor facilities - looking out several years.  The Board commissioned the study as input to their schedules update of the Long Range Facilities Plan. As such, the study is not a project plan and does not contain details that would lead to identifying costs.  The plan does provide the the Board with ideas about future needs, safety concerns, and high level insights into expense levels.

The study is now complete.  The Board will move forward with the processes of updating the Long Range Facilities Plan (AKA the Ten Year Capital Plan).  The Board will develop a proposal over the next several months and the Administration has committed to holding a public information session in December (details will be forthcoming)

Watch the presentation and review the study

 

Code of Conduct (Policy 218) Committee Report

The Discipline Policy (AKA Student Code of Conduct) has been a topic of much discussion over the past year.  In the last school year the Board modified the policy to include an option for rescission. The Board also asked the Administration to stand up a committee of stakeholders to evaluate the entirety of the policy.  This committee was formed and worked over the summer, presenting their recommendations this month.

The committee has recommended sweeping changes.  Foundations of the recommendation include;

  • Safe Environment - Administration needs a full array of strategies and tools to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment for all students

  • Respect - Students having respect for each other, for staff, and for the entire school community

  • Responsibility - Students have responsibility for their behavior and appropriate consequences/support will empower students to succeed in life and contribute to society

  • Learning from Mistakes / Corrective Action - Students make mistakes and need consequences and support

  • Flexibility - Administration will have more flexibility to help make the consequence better fit the infraction

The committee recommendations will be reviewed and discussed in open Board sessions over the coming months.

Watch the presentation and review the recommendations

 

Farewell to me

As is customary with retirements, this month I was recognized by my boss (John Sanville) for my years of service.  It has been a wonderful experience for me. I have enjoyed working with the community on a very noble endeavor - To empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society.  I pass the baton to Christa Fazio.  Christa joins us on October 1st. She has an extensive background in communications, a great track record and plenty of enthusiasm. I appreciate the support I’ve received from the community, and I wish you and Christa nothing but the best - “rainbows and unicorns.”

Dave

 

 

 
 
 
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Friday, August 31, 2018

August Board Recap

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
August 31st, 2018
 
 
 

August 2018

Welcome back to our returning parents and teachers and a special welcome to our new families and staff.  We are an organization focused on our students - that is transparent, responsive and accountable to the residents of the community.  We encourage community participation and below are some resources you may find helpful.

Board meeting calendar: Come to our meetings.

Board meeting videos: All meetings are streamed live and archived on Youtube and BoardDocs.

Board meeting agendas and documents: Background documents, presentations and video of Board discussions are organized by meeting and topic.  You can also research any topic of interest using BoardDocs's powerful search feature.

Board Recaps: Each month we highlight and summarize some of the main topics discussed by the Board during their various committee and work sessions.  We hope you find this a useful starting point for engagement with the district.

...and if you have a question just email us at communications@ucfsd.net.

 

This Month’s Highlights

  • New Transportation Supervisor Hired

  • New Communications Supervisor Hired

  • School Start Time Report

  • Long Range Facilities Plan Update

 

New Transportation Supervisor Hired

The Board approved the hiring of Marco Sordi as Supervisor of Transportation.  Marco comes to us from the Upper Darby School District where he served as Supervisor of Transportation.  Marco is a familiar face in our district. He is a UHS Alumnus and previously worked in our transportation office as well.  Marco will join us in October.

Marie Wickersham will continue in her current role as Supervisor of Transportation until Marco is onboard and transitioned into his new role.  Marie will then return to her role as full-time Supervisor of Food Services.


New Communications Coordinator Hired

The Board approved the hiring of Christa Fazio.  Christa comes to us from from the Penn-Delco School District where she served as Communications Coordinator. Christa is expected to join us in October. Christa will replace Dave Listman who is retiring.


School Start Time Report

The administration conducted a review of new school start times and provided the Board a report this month.  The report indicates that students are on average getting more sleep - about 15 - 30 minutes. Surveys also show that students are somewhat more engaged, alert, and less sleepy in class.

View the report, video and Board discussion


Long Range Facilities Plan Update

This year's long range facilities plan has been a point of discussion in the district over the past several months.  The process actually began years ago - as a way to insure that the district's programs have the correct supporting facilities and to insure that routine maintenance needs are identified.  This long range view of needs and costs allows Boards over time to better manage the borrowing of capital and to develop “no surprises” budgets.

A routine update of the plan was presented in May of 2017 and at that time the Board voted to engage outside experts to facilitate discussion, evaluate needs and present to the Board and Administration options for consideration into the plan.  After the open bidding process the Board selected K&W to conduct the study. Since then K&W has provided a few interim updates at public Board meetings (the last one in June 2018).

The Board and Administration is expecting a final report from K&W (before the September Board meeting) that will include findings, options and high level costs.  This report will then serve as a starting point for Board and Administration consideration. Jeff Hellrung reiterated that the Board may choose to include some, none, all or some variation of the recommendations into the long range facilities plan.  John Sanville pointed out that some of the options put forward by K&W to date mirror items that are already in the plan.

Review the existing Long Range Facilities Plan and Board Discussion

Review the K&W Progress Report and Board Discussion from the June 2018 Board Meeting

 

 

We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Your Communications Team

communications@ucfsd.net

 
 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

 

 

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June Board Recap

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
June 28, 2018
 
 
 

June 2018

Happy Summer UCFSD. Although the school year has come to an end the work of the Board and the Administration continues.  Below are this month's highlights.

 
  • 2018-2019 Budget Approved

  • New High School Lunch Schedule Approved (for 2019-2020)

  • New Pupil Services Role Approved

  • New UHS Dean of Students Role Approved

  • Outdoor Facilities Master Plan Update

  • Updates to Student Code of Conduct (policy 218)

 

2018-2019 Budget Approved

The final budget and levying of taxes was approved this month.  The spending plan reflects a small year over year growth and the overall annual tax increase was the lowest in years.  The difficulty the Board grappled with was the uneven annual tax increase between Delaware County and Chester County residents.  The Board was unable to find viable alternatives available to them - they are unable to change the state algorithm. A chart tracking rate increase by year shows that the discrepancies between the counties tend to even out over time.  The Board approved the plan and several members expressed support for lobbying state representatives to amend the mandated algorithms.

View documents and video from the May Board Budget Hearing

View documents and video from this month’s meeting

 

New High School Lunch Schedule Approved (for 2019-2020)

The Board approved the implementation of one common hour-long lunch for the high school.  This idea first came up during the school start time initiative and the Board followed up by prioritizing an evaluation of the concept this year.  Tim Hoffman led the evaluation process with a committee of stakeholders. The committee reviewed research, the experiences of other schools and the sentiments of district stakeholders.  The approved plan is to be implement for the 2019-2020 school year - the 2018-2019 school year will be used to develop procedures, schedules and updates to Powerschool.

View documents and video from initial presentation during May Board work session

View documents and video from this month’s meeting

 

New Pupil Services Role Approved

Leah Reider’s (Director of Special Education) role has been reclassified to now direct and provide continuous supervision of the complete operations of special education (including gifted); psychological services K-12; student assistance programs and services K-12; student nursing and health services; guidance and counseling services K-12; student records; and nonpublic students within UCFSD.

View documents and video

 

New UHS Dean of Students Role Approved

The position of a Dean of Students at the high school has been reinstated.  Growing enrollments is a major driver and this position will focus on student health and wellness.  

Job duties include:

  • Build healthy relationships between and among students and staff,

  • Reduce, prevent, and ameliorate harmful student behaviors while also holding individuals accountable for their actions.

  • Supervise and support students in all types of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

  • Assists with the direction of or planning for school programs such as locker assignment, student eligibility, student government, and open house.  

  • Will work closely with Unionville High School counseling department on student matters pertaining to attendance, child welfare, and guidance.  

  • Promotes beneficial school, parent, and community relationships by means of parent conferences, reports concerning students, and active participation in civic organizations.

  • Monitor and respond to information provided by the Say Something Anonymous App and Securly.

  • Inspire students to hold themselves to high standards of academics and character

View documents and video

            

Outdoor Facilities Master Plan Update

The Board hired a consulting company (K&W Engineers - $9,500) in November to evaluate ways to optimize the UHS, Patton and UES campuses. The purpose of the study was to support the 2017-2018 Board goal to  “Update the ten-year plan considering updated enrollment projections and long-term athletic facility needs and improvements”

The preliminary report outlines ways the campuses could be optimized to improve the program and increase safety.  The Board and members of the public weighed in with questions and suggestions. The Board asked K&W to refine the presentation with additional information, options and high level costs. The Board also agreed to pay K&W an additional $5,900 to cover costs beyond the original scope of work.  

The next step is for K&W to present their findings next year.  The Board will then use that information to inform an updated Ten Year Plan.

View documents and video

 

Updates to Student Code of Conduct (policy 218)

The Board has spent considerable time this year deliberating this policy.  It has been a topic covered in these monthly updates for the past several months.  The Board has directed the administration to assemble a steering committee and “blue ribbon” at large committee of stakeholders to work over the summer to provide a recommendation to the Board early next year.

 

 


 

We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.


 
 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610) 347-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

 

 

 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Board Recap - May

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
May 18th, 2018
 
 
 

May 2018

 

This meeting of the Board was dominated by two main topics: approving the Proposed Final Budget for next year and reviewing a proposal to modify the high school schedule.  

Approved Proposed Final Budget

The Board approved the plan.  The plan is now posted on the district website for public review and comment with a final vote set for June 18th.

The spending plan had been largely agreed to at the last Board meeting and the overall tax rate (1.56%) is the lowest in over twenty years.  The specific issue for further discussion was the tax rate for Delaware County residents. Because the state-mandated tax calculation across counties leads to year-to-year fluctuations in tax rates, Delaware County residents will see an average 6.43% increase while Chester County residents will see only a .35% increase.

Although over time, tax rates across the counties balance out (the 18-year average tax increase for Delaware County is 3.78% and Chester County is 3.64%), the administration was asked to develop alternatives to mitigate the disparity in the current budget.

Members of the Board, working with the administration, evaluated the available alternatives.  In the end, while not unanimous, a majority of the Board judged that the consequences of these alternatives increased future risk while providing minimal relief, and the budget was approved as originally proposed.

Click here to review the presentation and to listen in on the discussion (in BoardDocs).

 

New High School Schedule for 2019-2020

A year-long investigation into new secondary schedules resulted in a recommendation to keep the current middle school schedule and to modify the high school schedule to include a one-hour “Lunch and Learn” period for the 2019-2020 school year with a rotating PM schedule in 2020-2021.

The committee evaluated many alternatives, conducted research, stakeholder surveys, and site visits - finding that there were areas for improvement.  The incorporation of a one-hour lunch and learn period could help address some of these concerns, while still maintaining our current instructional program and delivery. Additionally, students frequently miss the same periods of instruction for early dismissals or extra-curricular activities; this can be helped by rotating the PM periods in the future.  

Benefits of the one-hour lunch and learn include:

  • Increases opportunities for students/teachers to meet for extra help (office hours)

  • Supports District student wellness goals

  • Increases time for teacher collaboration

  • Increases time for a study hall or a break in the day for all students

  • Increases seat time for lunch

Next year (2018-2019), the administration will implement the necessary changes to systems and procedures to ensure a smooth implementation in (2019-2020).

Click here to review the presentation and video (in BoardDocs).

 

Also discussed this month:

  • Rte 82 Safety Project to move forward

  • Wellness Council Strategic Plan developed

  • School Safety Program - Say Something program set for Board action

 

Rte 82 Safety Project to move forward

Back in September, the East Marlborough TownshIp came to the Board with a plan to redesign the area in front of the UHS and CFPMS campus. The goal of the plan is to improve safety with additional blinking lights and new traffic patterns.

The Board previously approved the plan and this month Rick Hostetler reported that the federal grant to pay for the work has now also been approved.  The project will be moving forward and the district will be working closely with the township and other community partners.

Click here to review the original presentation for more details

 

Wellness Council Strategic Plan

This was the first school year for the Wellness Council, and much has been accomplished already.  The council was established by the Board to partner the district with parents and the community to research, identify, and implement best practices that promote and support student health and wellness.

This month, the council presented its long-term strategic plan to the Board.

Link to the video and presentation

 

Say Something Program (Sandy Hook Promise)

The Wellness Council presented their findings on a school safety program called Say Something.  The program teaches youth to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and then to Say Something to a trusted adult: parent, teacher, counselor, or clergy.  If they are unable or unwilling to do that, they will have the option to report their concerns anonymously on the anonymous reporting system. The proposal is set for Board action at the next Board meeting (May 21st).

LInk to video and presentation

 

 


We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Your Communications Team

communications@ucfsd.net

 
 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Board Recap - 2018-2019 Budget Hearing

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
May 8th, 2018
 
 

May 2018 - Budget Hearing

 

The administration presented its 2018-2019 financial plan to the Board last night.  The plan fully funds our current program, provides financing for the 10-year capital plan, and supports the district’s wellness initiatives.  The plan also provides funds for investments in technology infrastructure and the roll out of the Canvas/Chromebook initiative. Watch the Video /  Review the Presentation.

The proposed annual tax increase for property owners is the lowest in over twenty years at 1.56%.  John Sanville shared his belief that this plan demonstrates good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The presentation was accompanied by a video demonstrating how long-range planning and UCFSD’s in-sourced and engaged staff deliver on the promise to empower students while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Watch the Video

The Board received advanced copies of the presentation with line item details, so the bulk of the evening’s Board conversation centered around taxes - specifically the variance between Delaware and Chester Counties.  Although the total tax increase is low by historical standards, on average Delaware County residents will see a 6.43% increase while Chester County residents will see a 0.35% increase.

The difference between the counties is driven by state mandates that require taxes to be levied by county.  After the annual budget is established, the district calculates the funds needed from taxpayers in each county based on market values developed by the State Tax Equalization Board.  Market values are updated annually and these year-to-year changes in market values by county account for the fluctuations we see. Details of the calculation are available here (pages 4 and 5)

The Board learned the “tax levy calculation by county” is state mandated.  There is no way to change the variance between counties, so the Board turned their attention to ways to soften the impact to Delaware County residents by either using an expected current year surplus in healthcare or modifying the funding of the 10-year capital plan.

Refer to this point in the video to listen to Jeff Hellrung’s summary of the issues followed by give and take on the merits of the options under consideration.

The Board asked the administration to prepare three options for consideration - all with the same spending plan but with 3 different financing options (financed as presented, financed by using an expected current 2017-2018 healthcare surplus, or with alternative financing for the 10-year capital plan).

 

The tentative Board budget review meetings reserved for Tuesday May 8th and Wednesday May 9th will not be needed.  

 
 

The Board agreed to review the administration’s proposal and two additional options at the May 14th Work Session.  

 


 

We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Your Communications Team

communications@ucfsd.net

 
 
 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

 

 

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

April Board Recap

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
April 20th, 2018
 
 
 

April 2018

 

The Board came to a consensus and approved a few important items they have been discussing the past few months.  

  • The much debated Code of Student Conduct policy was updated and now includes a rescission petition process for first offenders.  

  • The teachers now have a new “Early Bird” contract that goes through 2023.  Hiring and retaining great teachers is among the top objectives for the Board and Administration.  The Board was pleased to develop a contract that is fair to all, balancing the need to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollar while properly compensating and respecting teachers.

  • The Canvas/Chromebook Initiative, a culmination of years of planning and testing at the middle school, will be rolled out to all high school students next year.  The fee to families was set at $50.00 a year, in line with other area schools and UCFSD experience with repair costs.

  • The Special Education Comprehensive Plan was approved.  The long range (3-year) plan is a state requirement that lays out how the district plans to fulfill the needs of students in this program (635 students).

 

Also discussed this month:

  • What is the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU)?

  • Homework Policy, Guidelines, and Practices Update

  • School Safety Program - Say Something Program (Sandy Hook Promise)

  • 2018-19 Proposed Budget Book is now online and available for public review

 

 

What is the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU)?

Pennsylvania's 29 intermediate units were established in 1971 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to operate as regional educational service agencies to provide cost-effective, management-efficient programs to Pennsylvania school districts.  This month, the Chester County Intermediate Unit provided a presentation to our Board highlighting their services.

Link to the video and presentation

 

Homework Policy, Guidelines, and Practices Update

An internal review of homework policies and guidelines was recommended by Administration and the Board as a follow-up to feedback received from the School Start Time Committee. It was also noted as an area of focus on our District goals for 2017-2018.  A set of findings, recommendations, and next steps was presented to the Board this month.

Link to video, findings and recommendation

 

Say Something Program (Sandy Hook Promise)

The Wellness Council presented their findings on a school safety program called Say Something.  The program teaches youth to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and then to Say Something to a trusted adult: parent, teacher, counselor, or clergy.  If they are unable or unwilling to do that, they will have the option to report their concerns anonymously on the anonymous reporting system. The next step is finalize a few more details and make a formal request to the Board later this year.

LInk to video and presentation

 

Proposed Budget Book is now online and available for public review

The proposed final budget for 2018-2019 was provided to the Board this month.  This kicks off a period of public review and Board discussion. There will be a public hearing on the budget on May 7th.  As proposed, the overall tax increase is 1.64% (the lowest increase in over 20 years). Individual property owner tax rates vary according to state algorithms of assessed property values.

Link to the proposed final budget

 

 


 

We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Your Communications Team

communications@ucfsd.net

 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

 

 

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

March Board Recap

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
March 30th, 2018
 
 
 

March 2018

 

The Board agenda usually provides a good framework for this recap report.  However, this month the Board and members of the community engaged in an open exchange of ideas around the UHS mascot - something that wasn’t on the agenda but a topic with feelings that run deep.

  • A group of residents petitioned the Board to create a citizens advisory committee comprised of representatives of all stakeholder groups to consider the issue of the UHS mascot (as per policy 905).  Community members shared their concerns about changing the mascot during the public comment section of the meeting (public comments).

  • Board Vice President Vic Dupuis responded to the petitioners, providing the reasoning for denying the request at this time (Vic's remarks - 3:00 min).  Vic explained that no committee was needed because contrary to misinformation spread on social media and in the press, the Board is not considering now and has no plans to consider any changes to the UHS mascot.  

The superintendent’s report included a tribute to Effie Barnes - a respected and beloved Pocopson teacher who is retiring at the end of this school year.

 

This month’s highlights include:

  • Classroom Technology Update - Canvas/Chromebook Initiative

  • Teacher Contract Extension

  • Discipline Policy - Rescission Discussion (Policy 218)

  • Special Ed Comprehensive Plan

  • Outdoor Facilities Master Plan Progress Report

 

Classroom Technology Update - Canvas/Chromebook Initiative

All students 6-9 are provided a Chromeboos that provides them access to the Canvas learning management system.  The Canvas/Chromebook initiative was successfully implemented last year at the middle school. This year the initiative was expanded to 9th graders at UHS as a pilot.  A thorough evaluation of the pilot included costs and benefits and was presented to the Board.  the administration is recommending full implementation (6-12) next year.

LInk to the video and presentation

 

Teacher Contract Extension

Hiring and retaining great teachers is among the Board’s top priorities.  As representatives of the residents and taxpayers in the district the Board is pleased to be able to bring forward a contract extension that is fair to all.  Board action on the extension is planned for next month.

Link to contract highlights and cost worksheet

 

Discipline Policy - Rescission Discussion (Policy 218)

Discussion continued on this policy.  The Board considered two options for revising the policy: rescission vs non reporting.  The Board is moving forward with the rescission option and plans action next month. This is the first step in a more thorough review of the discipline policy, student handbook and administrative guidelines.

Link to the proposed change (go to the end of the document to read the proposed changes)

Also, School Board student representative, Gavin Brezski, came to the mic during public comment and provided some additional perspectives for the Board’s consideration.  His comments provide the Board yet another perspective on the issue. The Board appreciates and encourages all community input.

LInk to Gavin’s remarks

 

Special Education Comprehensive Plan

The district is working on it’s long-range plan (Comprehensive Plan).  One of the first parts to be submitted to the state is the updated Special Education portion.  The plan is available for public review and will be presented for approval at the April Board meeting.

The public is encouraged to review the plan and to forward comments to:
Leah Reider, Director of Special Education -
lreider@ucfsd.net

Link to the presentation video 
Link to the document

 

Outdoor Facilities Master Plan Progress Report

Over the past few months the district sought community input on the plan.  Surveys went out and focus groups were held. The input has been analyzed and was presented to the Board this month.  This part of the project is designed to engage the entire community in dialogue about their experiences on the UHS/CFPMS/UES campuses.

The public is encouraged to review the findings and to provide comments to: 
Rick Hostetler, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds -
rhostetler@ucfsd.net

The next update is due in May.

Link to the presentation

 

We hope you find these recaps useful.  We encourage you to stay informed about the workings of your School Board.  Our online resources in BoardDocs allow you to virtually access the Boardroom through videos and electronic documents.  Your communications team is here to help -  we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Your Communications Team 
communications@ucfsd.net

 
 
740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net