UHS bathroom closures questioned; Knier new Patton Ass’t, Principal

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times New Patton Asst. Principal Jessica Knier with Principal Dissinger Monday night. POCOPSON — A main point of discussion during the May 21st meeting of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board at Pocopson Elementary returned to the suspension policy after a recent incident where, according to residents, a student was suspended for vandalism after trying to...

UCF Initiatives, school tax increases explained

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Janet Schuster, retiring Patton Middle School teacher. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The April 9th Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board work session included a presentation by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, several district proposals, and talk of the upcoming 2018-19 budget.  But first, the Administration took time to honor a long-time employee. Patton Middle...

UCF honors retirees; suspension rescission policy again debated

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times From top left, clockwise, Elaine McQullin, Gail McQuiston, Jewel Thacher and Grave Vinci, were among retiring Unionville-Chadds Ford School District employees honored Monday night. Monday night’s board meeting of the Unionville Chadds-Ford School District began with a packed house as more than 50 attendees celebrated the retirement of six employees...

Keystones, mascot, suspensions all discussed at busy UCF Board meeting

By  JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Brandon Tsai, Chirag Choudhary, Ibraheen Qureshi and Arnab Sircar.  Robert Wang is not pictured of the Patton Middle School Academic team. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The January 22, 2018 Unionville Chadds-Ford school board meeting was held in the recently-refurbished Charles F. Patton middle school auditorium.  Principal Steve Dissinger kicked off the meeting...

UCF board discusses revision on suspension expungements

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times During last November’s work session, the Unionville Chadds-Ford School District administration committed to amending the Code of Student Conduct policy #218.  Since suspensions are included on college applications, many community and board members requested a review process that could result in wiping it from the student record under certain circumstances. At...

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...

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 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...

Coatesville teachers approve strike vote; want talks to continue

District argues current offer, based on Fact Finding, is fair By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Hundreds of members of the Coatesville Area Teachers Association attended Tuesday night’s Coatesville area School District Board of Education meeting to protest being without a contract for more than a year. CALN — The war of words over the expired Coatesville Area School District’s teachers...