Sanville, UCF board agree to new contract

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Deal expected to be formally ratified in Feb., extends term through Aug. 2018

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Dr. John Sanville, seated at right front, Superintendent of Schools of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District reached a tentative deal with the UCF Board of Education on a new contract to stay on as superintendent through Aug. 2018.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times
EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and Superintendent of Schools John Sanville have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, school officials announced Monday night during the Board of Education meeting.

Sanville, whose initial three-year pact was set to expire Sept. 1, would now remain under contract through Aug. 30, 2018, assuming the deal is finalized in the coming weeks. Under the tentative agreement his salary would be set at $210,000 per year, with increases linked to the Act I index — as an example, the index for the 2014-15 budget is 2.1%, were that index to hold for the next year, his salary would increase to $214,410 for the 2015-16 school year. In addition, under new deal, Sanville would get 10 additional vacation days — now a total of 30 — in the new deal.

The deal is expected to formally ratified by the board at the February board meeting. The full details of the new contract are expected to be posted on the district Website in the coming weeks, prior to the board voting on the pact, board president Victor Dupuis said.

Sanville deflected praise for his work and said all of the recent success was due to the efforts of many in the district.

“This is really a referendum on the hard work that everyone in the district does,” he said.

In a related matter, a number of board members objected to a letter to the editor that was published in The Times this past weekend (the letter was also sent to local print publications — and may be printed there later this week, as well) from Pocopson resident Bruce Yelton.

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Yelton called for Sanville’s dismissal and claimed — although he did not cite sources for his claims — that test scores were down, there were morale issues with staff and that the district had mishandled a Right To Know request of his.

Keith Knauss disputed all of Yelton’s claims, point-by-point.

“I believe that Dr. Sanville has shown excellent performance,” he said.

Dupuis agreed, but castigated The Times for running the letter without fact-checking and said in the future such letters should presented for review prior to publication.

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Kristin Hoover
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Kristin Hoover
2 years 4 months ago
You have to love the “red herrings” that are being thrown out! The real issue is that Sanville needs to go. A guy who arrogantly empowers himself to make deals with non-residents to educate their children for free providing they spend 4 nights a week at the business…..please! This guy hides in RTK confidentiality and the board thinks this is OK. I think he is a bully based on my experience. There is no check and balance on the power of the Superintendent because, as TE Resident points out, the board operates in the great filter of whatever the Superintendent… Read more »
TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago
This I know. The only thing School Board Directors are afraid of, are tax paying citizens (especially parents) banding together for a common cause. That is where your power lies. It can’t be kept in the shadows. It can’t be kept quiet. They can bully and intimidate one or two parents or tax payers who don’t bow to their authority or who dare to question the filtered information presented by administrators. They cannot bully and intimidate an entire group of parent, tax paying citizens coming together over a common cause. As Ms. Hoover, it has also been my experience that… Read more »
Kristin Hoover
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Kristin Hoover
2 years 4 months ago
I feel bad for the bus drivers as well. There are a whole host of people who support the educational system. Keith may quibble over exactly what and how much is outsourced at the moment, but the whole agenda of the board is to deal a blow to those who depend on the retirement system. The bus outsourcing study was supposed to be political cover for the bus drivers to be outsourced and then it didn’t happen to turn out the way they expected The tide has already turned on Sanville and in the meantime, taxpayers need to be vigilant… Read more »
TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago

Keith protects his own, yet he takes tax paying citizens to task for exercising their rights to freely speak out about issues.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The Supreme Court protects statements and free speech by citizens due to the extreme power public officials have over citizens. Public officials uses bullying and intimidating tactics to protect themselves from being exposed. We need to protect our free speech. Citizens should have no fear whatsoever about questioning public officials.

Keith Knauss
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Keith Knauss
2 years 4 months ago
TE Resident, Thanks for the chance to expand on my point. You were ” surprised and saddened by an editor who would be for censorship by school administrators over a student high school newspaper.” . My point is that the editor has made it abundantly clear that he is against censorship and is in 100% in agreement with your viewpoint. See his article noted above entitled “Letters to the editor and the greater conversation”. The editor did note that “the district has such right [censorship] for the school newspaper”, but in no way endorsed exercising that right. . It’s confusing… Read more »
TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago
Wow. There you go again. My conclusion is not 180 degrees out of whack. He also said “ironically, I thought as the effective publisher that the district has such right for the school newspaper.” He has made it clear, and rightly so (IMHO) that censorship of Mr. Yelton’s letter is wrong. Even if I don’t live in this district, what kind of a School Board Director says things like this to a tax paying citizen. I know exactly what Mike said, I read the post and now your trying to discredit me by deflecting attention away from the real issue,… Read more »
Keith Knauss
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Keith Knauss
2 years 4 months ago

Why did you say you were ” surprised and saddened by an editor who would be FOR censorship by school administrators over a student high school newspaper”?
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Editor McGann said exactly the opposite – he made it abundantly clear he is AGAINST censorship.
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I think your statement is “180 degrees out of whack” and confusing.

TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago

O.K Keith, I guess you’ll have to continue to be confused over this issue that, as Ms. Hoover said really doesn’t matter much and isn’t the main point. I think I’ve made myself clear.

TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago
Thank-uou. As editor of a publication I am surprised and saddened by your thoughts on this matter. In 2009, student journalists at Conestoga High School contested a proposed policy they believed would have forced censorship of their award winning student news paper – The Spoke. The policy would have implemented administrative prior review and redefined the role of the newspaper advisors essentially asking them to censor the student produced publication at the discretion of school officials. The students formed a website: http://www.friendsofthespoke.org Mike, please go to this site and read about this student editors experience. He went on to Princeton… Read more »
Keith Knauss
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Keith Knauss
2 years 4 months ago

“As editor of a publication I am surprised and saddened by your thoughts on this matter.”
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Huh? What?
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This is a perfect example of why any comment from TE Resident is suspect.

TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago

Keith, I don’t understand your reply. Why are my comments suspect because I am surprised and saddened by an editor who would be for censorship by school administrators over a student high school newspaper.

It’s true, I’m new to this site and perhaps put my comment in the wrong spot. The comment was directed to Mike, the editor.

Could you please explain. I’m confused. Was that your intention?

Kristin Hoover
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Kristin Hoover
2 years 4 months ago
This is not your style. But then, this is not the Keith Knauss who made exactly the same kinds of right-to-know requests as Bruce Yelton. This is not the same Keith Knauss who won an award in Harrisburg for RTK requests. This is not the same Knauss who had his RTK request turned down by the administration for exactly the same reasons and the same one who was not happy about it. How much did the District (read TAXPAYERS) spend in legal fees on all that? Oh yes, nobody knows and it would probably take an RTK request to find… Read more »
TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago
Thank-you Ms. Hoover for your thoughtful well stated comments. You say, “It’s just one irony after another.” I don’t believe it is irony. If a tax paying citizen, especially a parent, comes forward with a legitimate complaint, it is customary for officials to first smile, tell you how grateful they are, and then proceed to engage further in the same behavior which caused the parent to speak up. This serves many purposes. 1.) It says, we have all the power. 2.) we don’t care what you think 3.) if you say anything, we’ll do it more. It trains parents to… Read more »
Keith Knauss
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Keith Knauss
2 years 4 months ago

I enjoy debating topics, but it becomes tiresome when responding to someone who can vacuously criticize without responsibility by hiding behind a pseudonym. In addition, TE Resident might want to figure out that listening to someone vigorously expressing an alternate opinion is not the same as “retribution by being viciously attacked”.

TE Resident
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2 years 4 months ago
I would use my name but I have fear of retribution by a school official. Thanks for telling me what to do…………again. I just read the rebuttal again on Chestercounty press. In my opinion, (I understand that yours may be different and I respect that) the rebuttal has some vicious attacks in it. I think listing them would be petty so please read for yourselves if it interests you and as I say to Keith on Community Matters, readers can judge for themselves. I find it interesting that you are calling on me to direct my salary complaint to my… Read more »
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