UCF moves to save more than $8M on HS bond refinancing

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Low interest rates mean savings for the district By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — While the costs of most things continue to rise, it appears that one big-ticket purchase — the renovation of Unionville High School — is about to become appreciably cheaper, thanks to a bond refinancing approved Monday night by the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education. The refinancing...

School start time changes shouldn’t be rushed

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Right now, it appears Unionville-Chadds Ford may be only district pushing for change By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times There has been increasing talk about changing the start time for middle and high schools in Chester County — driven largely out of Unionville — part of a larger dialogue going on nationally. While its clear that the science supports such a move — teens seem to have built-in...

UCF moves forward with 2.88% budget plan

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No residents attend two-hour hearing; pensions biggest growth area By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — It appears that Dancing With The Stars is a lot more popular than Budgets with The Board. No residents attended Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education budget hearing (technically, this reporter is a resident and did attend as the lone media representative...

UCF moves to tighten budgeting process

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Prelim budget calls for 2.88% tax increase By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — Conservatism is on the outs for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Well, at least, when it comes to its budget process. District officials announced Monday night during the Board of Education’s work session that the district would be moving away from its time-honored conservative budgeting...

UCF must increase non-tax income

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To The Editor, The UCF School Board has passed a preliminary budget for the 2016-17 school year to meet State legal requirements. There is no indication that the Board has yet considered any ways to increase non-tax income or cost savings in this budget. There a several ways to increase non-tax income that include:

Snow or not, UCF board meets to OK budget

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District issues statement on teacher resignation controversy By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times Although Unionville-Chadds Ford Schools were closed both Monday and Tuesday, the Board of Education met to issue preliminary approval of its 2016-17 budget as required by state law. Because of the weather, not everyone who wished to attend could, inluding board Vice President Jeff Hellrung who...

UCF board looks at class rank changes

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New members join the board for first work session – John Murphy second from right, and Elise Anderson, third from right. Preliminary budget for 2016-2017 reviewed By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH – The Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) Board of Education had its first work session meeting of 2016 on Monday night that  included new members Elise Anderson...

UCF appoints Anderson to board

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Board votes to reject hiring additional teacher for Hillendale By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times Elise Anderson takes the oath of office during Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education meeting. EAST MARLBOROUGH – The Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) Board of Education held its regular meeting last night that went past 11:00 p.m. as much more debate was...

Knauss praised, thanked for UCF Board of Ed. service

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Board addresses Hillendale class size concerns By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times Keith Knauss (seen here in a Sept., 2015 shot), who announced his resignation from the Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education earlier this month, was warmly praised by his colleagues during Monday night’s board meeting. EAST MARLBOROUGH – Unionville Elementary was the host for the Unionville Chadds...

Hillendale parents concerned about class size

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Board discusses Knauss resignation, update on Patton project By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times Third grade parents at Hillendale Elementary School in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District expressed concern about class sizes during Monday night’s word session. EAST MARLBOROUGH – Although there were no voting items at Monday night’s Unionville Chadds-Ford School District...