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The Monthly Update–November

Superintendent’s Update:

Dr. Bertrando addressed several topics during his remarks; however we wanted to highlight the report on the Pennington School Committee:

  • The Pennington Committee met on November 2nd to brainstorm potential uses for the building.  We started with a tour and then examined three potential categories that included Revenue, Space, and Educational Programming. Approximately 21 individuals from a multitude of professions attended the meeting. Our next meeting will take place in the next few weeks and will focus on analyzing the potential uses for the building through the lenses of cost, usefulness, acceptability, implementation, etc.

Board Voting Update:

Information Items

The Board recognized 5 informational items during the meeting, and they were as follows:

  1. Victoria Clayton and Jeffrey Lin were recognized and congratulated as Rotary Students for the month of November.
  2. The Garnet Valley Music Department announced its concert dates, and they are as follows:

Dec.       05                Elementary 5th Grade Band Concert
Dec.       06                Garnet Valley Middle School Band Concert
Dec.       11                3rd Grade Chorus Concert
Dec.       12                Garnet Valley High School Chorus Concert
Dec.       13                Middle School Chorus Concert  
Dec.       14                4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert
Dec.       19                5-8 Grade Orchestra Concert
Jan.       04                High School Band Concert
Jan.      10                4th Grade Band Concert

  1. The Performing Arts Program announced performance of its Fall Musical, Legally Blonde on November 16 at 6:30 PM, November 17 at 6:30 PM, and November 18 at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM. If you would like tickets, please go to to order.
  2. The Board recognized the artwork on display in the lobby outside the Boardroom.
  3. The Board congratulated the four Garnet Valley High School students who won over $1,000 in awards in the 70th Annual Delaware Valley Science Council Awards in October of this year. They are Natalia Orlovsky, Lainie Beauchemin, Kevin Lu, and Aaron Zho.

Education Items

The Board approved six education items.  They were as follows:

  1. Approved the Garnet Valley High School Course Selection Guide for the 2017/2018 school year including the following new courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of engineering, Introduction to Astronomy, Student Leadership Challenge, and Digital Media & Graphic Design. The Education Committee reviewed and discussed the Course Selection Guide at the November 6, 2017 Meeting and recommended these courses. They are also supported by the Education Committee, Assistant Superintendent, and the Superintendent of Schools.
  2. Approved Julie Devine and Kim Uhrig to attend the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orange Co., FL from 1/23 to 1/26. Conference Registration was covered by the conference organizers and the Ready to Learn Grant will cover travel expenses.
  3. Approved the SECOND reading for Policy #123.1–Concussion Policy, a new policy and Policy #916–School Volunteers, a revised policy.
  4. Approved the FIRST reading for Policy #104–Nondiscrimination in Employment & Contract Services, a revised policy and Policy #108–     Adoption of Textbooks, a reviewed policy.
  5. Approved the overnight trip of the GVHS Band and Chorus to travel to Orlando, FL from Friday, March 23 to Wednesday, March 28, 2018. 102 students will travel at no cost to the district and students will miss no school – Spring Recess.
  6. Approved the overnight trip of the GVHS Model United Nations Club to travel to University of Delaware, Newark, DE from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4, 2018. 24 students will travel at no cost to the district. Students will miss no school – Weekend Travel

Finance and Facilities and Personnel

All finance, facilities, and personnel items were approved.  If you are interested in specific agenda items, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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