UCD board OKs preliminary 2018-19 budget

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education President Jef Hellrung and Superintendent John Sanville share a moment during Wednesday’s special board meeting. Because Monday’s work session was cancelled due to bad weather, the Unionville Chadds-Ford school board met on Wednesday morning to approve the preliminary 2018-19 budget. Just shy...

UCF urges community to support Johnson family

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times The Johnson Family some years ago. Image courtesy Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Joanna Johnson is a Spanish teacher at Unionville High School.  11 years ago, she and her husband Paul, received a devastating news about their two very-young sons.  Elliott (now 14), and Henry (now 12) were both diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. According...

UCF board elects officers, talks test scores, building experiences

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Tom Day and Elise Anderson take the oath of office at Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education meeting. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Returning board members Elise Anderson, Tom Day, Jeff Hellrung, and Steve Simonson were sworn in at the December 4, 2017 Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board organization and special meeting. Hellrung and Vic Dupuis...

Suspensions, budget surplus top UCF board discussions

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville-chadds Ford Board of Education members Steve Simonson, and Victor Dupuis (left) and Jeff Hellrung (right) discuss issues as Superintendent of Schools John Sanville reviews information (center). EAST MARLBOROUGH — A handful of motions were approved, the fate of surplus funds were debated and the student suspension discussion continued at the Nov....

UCF looks at student suspension polices

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times Prompted by a September 8th incident at a football home game that resulted in several students being suspended, the Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board had a lengthy discussion on Nov. 13 regarding changing the current policies related to student suspensions and student records. According to a Birmingham township resident who spoke at the end of the meeting,...

UCFSD coat drive on now through Dec. 7

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats,hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive. All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.    Send article as PDF   

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...

Pocopson art students honored; Rt. 82 proposal advances

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Pocopson Elementary art teacher Sam Hage with students whose artwork is currently decorating the lobby area of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Administration office. Students included: Ava Van Duesan, Trevor Dunne, Brynn Huyler, Eshaan Chanchal, Julien Arrouays, Samantha Greaves, Lilly Smolenski, Timmy Sherman, Logan Grayston, and Nathania Gushurst. EAST MARLBOROUGH...

Questions about Rt. 82 safety plan don’t make sense

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The good news is that East Marlborough Township and the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District have developed a plan to make the Route 82 corridor slower — and more importantly — safer. The $1 million project – which would largely be paid for by a federal grant, plus a smaller grant from the Longwood Foundation – would make the area near Unionville High...