Board Notes

Board Notes is a monthly recap and review of action taken at School Board Meetings, and the work done at Committee Meetings. This month includes:

  • The 2022-2023 School Calendar
  • 2022 Graduation Date
  • Committee Updates including Property Committee project overviews, Curriculum updates, and more.

2022-2023 School Calendar
The 2022-2023 School Calendar was approved. Click here for the full calendar.

2022 Graduation Date
The Spring-Ford Area School District Graduation Commencement date was approved for the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 7 p.m. in Coach McNelly Stadium. In the event of bad weather, Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th will serve as rain dates.

Congratulations and welcome to our February new hires:

  • Nicole M. Zucal; Special Education Teacher, Senior High School 
  • Kelly R. Barber; Instructional Assistant, Limerick Elementary School
  • Bradley T. Siegfried; Custodian, 7th Grade Center
  • Alan R. Horning Jr.; Custodian, Royersford Elementary School
  • Lorraine O’Donnell; Level III Secretary, Senior High School

Congratulations to the individuals below on their change of status: 

  • Kevin K. Bearde; Custodian, 7th Grade Center to Head Custodian, Spring City Elementary School 
  • Susanne M. Hunsberger; Instructional Assistant, Senior High School to Special Education Teacher

Committee Updates
Curriculum and Technology Committee

The Curriculum and Technology Committee met on February 14, 2022. Mr. Robert Catalano, Director of Technology, shared information about TrustED Apps, an application and Website compliance that would allow for applications and websites to be vetted using the criteria of data collection, security, third party data, and advertising. This application would allow for faster and more reliable processing of online applications to indicate if each item meets expectations, partially meets expectations or does not meet expectations. Mr. Catalano also shared information about the annual Summer Device Refresh, and updates to technology security. 

Mrs. Catherine Gardy, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Technology, provided information about the Summer PreK Program, and Summer RAMS Program. Information about the  Summer RAMS Program will be shared next month. Mrs. Brianna Angelucci, Curriculum Supervisor, provided information about the microcredential course offerings which are short competency-based courses that will respond to the topics that have been identified from our needs assessment. Spring-Ford teachers are building this spring for other teachers to complete. The teachers will be delivering content through Canvas and with live synchronous sessions. The delivery of instruction will take place next fall.

The next meeting will be on March 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Extracurricular Committee
The Extracurricular Committee met on February 1, 2022. Mr. Reigner, Student Activities Director, provided updates on the Spring Musical and the upcoming Junior Prom. Mr. Reigner also shared that three new clubs have been added to club offerings at the High School. They are the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Junior State of America (JSA), and the Social Justice Club. 

Mr. Cifelli, Spring Musical Director, provided an update on the Spring Musical, Momma Mia. The Musical will be held March 4 and 5, tickets are available at the door or online.

Robert Swier, DECA Advisor, presented an update on the club. Through active membership in Pennsylvania DECA, students prepare for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Valuing teamwork, integrity, and a desire to thrive on success, students participate in more than 50 competency-based competitive events, scholarships, educational conferences, campaigns, initiatives, and school-based enterprises. Educational experience gained inside the classroom is applied to real-world business problems amplified by passionate students working towards a positive future. 

Dr. Robin Moyer, Brooke Elementary School Principal, and Zach Laurie, Brooke Elementary School Ram QUEST teacher, provided the committee with a Robotics Club update. The club, new to Booke this year, kicked off with nearly 60 students from 4th grade. Dr. Moyer and Mr. Laurie look forward to providing an update to the full board in March. 

The next meeting will be held on April 5, 2022. 

Finance Committee 
The Finance Committee met on February 8, 2022. The committee reviewed executive monthly reports including liquidity, P&L Budget vs. Actual, and other reports. The committee also reviewed COVID-19 related expenditures and grants and discussed 2022-2023 budget updates. The next meeting will be March 8, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. 

Property Committee
The Property Committee met on February 8, 2022. Mr. Robert Hunter, Director of Planning, Operations and Facilities, discussed plans to conduct district-wide water testing in schools. The district has adopted a three-year testing cycle which was scheduled for 2022 but will be deferred to 2023 because drinking outlets are currently out of service due to COVID19 protocols. Since reopening schools, SFASD has utilized Water Bottle Filling Stations in each school rather than traditional drinking fountains. Mr. Hunter shared information on the following new projects: 

  • Brooke Elementary Chiller Replacement 
  • Oaks Elementary Masonry Repairs 
  • Upper Providence Elementary Inclusive Playground 
  • PENNDOT land acquisition on Black Rock Road

Committee members acknowledged and thanked the Evans Elementary Home and School Association for donating nearly $29,000 for new playground equipment. 

Chief David Boyer, Coordinator of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness, discussed emergency management projects and initiatives. 

The next meeting will be held on March 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee met on February 14, 2022. The Committee recommended moving the following policies forward for Board approval:

1. Policy #311 - Reduction of Staff 

2. Policy #312 - Performance Assessment of Superintendent 

3. Policy #313 - Evaluation of Employees 

4. Policy #314 - Physical Examinations 

5. Policy #314.1 - HIV Infection 

6. Policy #317 - Conduct/Disciplinary Procedures 

7. Policy #317.1 - Educator Misconduct 

8. Policy #318 - Attendance and Tardiness 

9. Policy #319 - Outside Activities 

10. Policy #320 - Freedom of Speech in Nonschool Settings 

 The Committee recommended rescinding and retiring the following policies:

1. Policy #302 - Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent/Administrative Employees Section 

2. Policy #304 - Anti-Nepotism 

3. Policy #311 - Suspensions and Furloughs 

4. Policy #312 - Evaluation of Superintendent 

5. Policy #313 - Evaluation of Employees 

6. Policy #314 - Physical Examination 

7. Policy #317 - Disciplinary Procedures 

8. Policy #317.1 - Educator Misconduct 

9. Policy #319 - Outside Activities 

10. Policy #320 - Freedom of Speech in Non School Setting 

11. Policy #401 - Creating a Position 

12. Policy #404 - Employment of Professional Employees 

13. Policy #406 - Employment of Summer School Staff 

14. Policy #407 - Student Teachers 

15. Policy #408 - Employment Contract 

16. Policy #408.1 - Exit Interview 

17. Policy #409 - Assignment and Transfer 

18. Policy #501 - Creating a Position 

19. Policy #504 - Employment of Classified Employees 

20. Policy #505 - Employment of Substitute and Short-Term Employees

21. Policy #508 - Employment Contracts 

22. Policy #508.1 - Exit Interviews 

23. Policy #509 - Assignment and Transfer

The next meeting will be held on March 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.