UCF seeks to balance safety and students free speech rights

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — In this world of the internet and technology, how does a school district strike a balance between protecting itself and the responsibility to create safe learning environments with students’ right to free speech?  That was the issue raised by a first reading of policy 815, “Acceptable Use of the Electronic Communication System”...

UCF audit shows $2.2M surplus from 2016-17

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Director of Business and Operations Bob Cochran discussion finace options with the school board, Monday night. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Much of Monday night’s Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board work session was spent discussing district finances. Director of Business and Operations Bob Cochran explained that a preliminary...

Kennett pledges support for DACA students

By Anne Uhle, Correspondent, The Times KENNETT SQUARE — The Kennett Consolidated School District said it will support students impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) just days after President Trump announced that he would end the program in six months with the hope that Congress would come up with a legislative solution at its Board of Education meeting, Monday. DACA is...

UCF Superintendent rejects hate as school year opens

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times The entrance at Unionville High School is ready for the start of the 2017-18 school year. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville opened Monday’s school board meeting with this prepared statement celebrating respect and inclusion: “As we prepare to welcome 4,000 students, 700 employees and 3,500 families...

KCSD Board addresses parent concerns over class size

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times Parent Lisa Anderson addresses the school board about class sizes on Monday night. KENNETT SQUARE – Three weeks into summer, and some Kennett Consolidated School District parents are already thinking about the next academic year. Lisa Anderson, a parent from New Garden Elementary School, addressed the board about recent and potential future increases in...

KCSD Board OK’s budget, new hires

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, Kennett Times Members of the KCSD Board discuss the final 2017-18 academic year budget. KENNETT SQUARE – School may be out for the students of the Kennett Consolidated School District, but there is no break for the Board, who voted to approve a budget of $84,211,359 for the 2017-18 academic year. This budget is $2.41 million more than the 2016-17 budget, and represents...

KCSD salutes three long-time, retiring staff members

KHS robotics team to attend World Championships KCSD Board members listen to Kennett High School Demon Robotics team member Rónán Gorman talk about the team’s upcoming trip to the World Championships event in St. Louis. By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, Kennett Times KENNETT SQUARE – At Monday night’s meeting of the Kennett Consolidated School District Board, it was announced that...

UCF board focuses on facilities work

By Julianne Besznyak, Correspondent, The Times Tennis court resurfacing and roofing work at Unionville High School were among a wide range of facilities topics discussed at Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education work session. EAST MARLBOROUGH – An abbreviated School Board work session took place Monday night due to the impending snow storm, much of...

Kennett school board to look at additional anti-bullying measures

Residents express concern over increase in anti-immigrant, Hispanic bullying incidents By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, Kennett Times Community member Francisco Cortes addresses the Kennett Consolidated School Board regarding recent issues of bullying in the district, during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. KENNETT SQUARE – Race relations and student bullying were at the forefront...

UCF board appoints Day to open seat

By Julianne Besznyak, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Work Session opened with a roll call vote by board members to fill the Region B. Board Member Vacancy. The board unanimously approved the appointment of Thomas Day to fill the unexpired term, Region B, through December 4, 2017. When the time for public comment opened up, Karen...