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


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.


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