Monday, June 26, 2017

June Board Recap


Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
June 26, 2017

June 2017

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This Month's Highlights

  • 2017-2018 Budget Approved

  • Unionville Tricentennial Quilt Presentation

  • STEM Initiatives Presentation

  • Substitute Teacher Pay Rates

  • Two New Administrators Welcomed

  • Wellness Update


2017-2018 Budget Approved


The Board approved the Final Budget for 2017-2018 with total appropriations of $84,925,990; real estate taxes of 28.41 mills per dollar ($2.841 per hundred dollars) of assessed valuation of taxable property in Chester County (2.60%) and 23.63 mills per dollar ($2.363 per hundred dollars) of assessed valuation of taxable property in Delaware County (0.30%).


Documents: Approval of Budget and Tax Ley, Final Budget with Control Points


Unionville TriCentennial Quilt Presentation

Unionville residents celebrated their tricentennial back in 1982 with a parade and various festivities.  A committee of residents at the time put together a quilt in honor of the occasion and officially presented it on June 19th, 1982.  At this meeting, exactly 35 years later - June 19th of 2017 - three of the original quilters were on hand to retell the story of making the quilt and to present it to the UCFSD Board.

The quilt, composed of 21 squares, each depicting a specific Unionville story or place, has found a permanent home in the UCFSD district office.  Stop by sometime and admire this piece of history and learn more about the village and the school started there that grew into the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District we now know.

Pictures and more details


STEM Initiatives Presentation

UCF is focused on providing our students the skills necessary to be successful in life. STEM education leads students to think deeply and innovatively to solve real world problems - what better way to be prepared for a global economy in the 21st Century.

This month various STEM initiatives were presented to the Board.  The presentation to the Board provided perspective on the value and purpose behind STEM and included the 5 C’s of STEM; Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Cooperation.  

The “STEM Across UCFSD” presentation provided background on why we are focused on this, what has been done, and what plans exist for the future.



Substitute Teacher Pay Rates

The administration reported to the Board that it has become increasing difficult to fill sub teacher openings.  Recommendations were made after a thorough review of current practice and evaluation of the practices and outcomes of neighboring school districts.  The Board approved an increase in pay rates.



K-2 Curriculum Review

It is our practice as a District to evaluate curriculum on a regular basis - examining results and needs.  This month the committee evaluating the K-2 program presented their findings to the Board.  The overall findings were positive with some noted opportunities for improvement.

The pre-first and kindergarten programs were a focus of discussion for the Board.  The Pre-First program was generally viewed as very successful, supporting the needs of students who are developmentally young.  The kindergarten program was also generally viewed as very successful.  The pros and cons of half-day versus full-day kindergarten were discussed.  There were no voting items, but next steps of the committee were documented in the presentation.



Two New Administrators Welcomed

Pat Crater, the new Supervisor of Athletics, and Mike Audevard, the new Happy Hillendale Principal, received Board approval and were welcomed to the district this month.


Wellness Update

Wellness, like STEM, crosses curriculum.  Wellness emphasizes life skills that complement academics - leading to success in life.  There was no formal presentation this month, but Ms. Anderson provided an overview of the committee’s work this year and a vision for the future.


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