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...

Split UCFSD board to vote on Rt. 82 project Monday night

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times A rendering of some of the proposed improvements for Route 82 in front of Charles F. Patton Middle School. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Not all Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board Members are sold on the school district’s/Township’s proposal to slow traffic and enhance pedestrian safety on Route 82. Although the proposal was presented to the Board last...

UCF Superintendent rejects hate as school year opens

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times The entrance at Unionville High School is ready for the start of the 2017-18 school year. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville opened Monday’s school board meeting with this prepared statement celebrating respect and inclusion: “As we prepare to welcome 4,000 students, 700 employees and 3,500 families...

Dissinger picked as new Patton MS prinicipal

Steve Dissinger Patton Middle School in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has a new pick for principal — longtime Hillendale Elementary School Prinicipal Steve Dissinger. Superintendent of Schools John Sanville made the announcement Wednesday to the school community. Dissinger will replace Tim Hoffman, who was promoted to Director of Curriculum earlier this year. the district Board of...

UCF to shift school start times

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education voted Monday night to approve a change in school start times, delaying the start of the school day by 25 minutes, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The move comes after years of study of the impact on sleep on teenagers — the changes were drive by a desire to allow teens to get more sleep, officials said....

Chadds Ford students display STEM projects at school board meeting

By Julianne Besznyak, Correspondent, The Times CHADDS FORD – Monday nights Unionville–Chadds Ford School District Board of Education meeting took place at Chadds Ford Elementary School and featured students display projects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The meeting started off with School Principal Shawn Dutkiewicz highlighting the STEM activities that are taking...

Hoffman named to UCF curriculum post

By Julianne Besznyak, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — As was the case with the job of Assistant Superintendent, a familiar face will be filling the job of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Director of Curriculum and Instruction — current Patton Middle School Principal, Tim Hoffman. The district Board of Education moved Monday night to appoint of Hoffman to replace John Nolen,...

UCF board appoints Day to open seat

By Julianne Besznyak, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — Monday night’s Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Work Session opened with a roll call vote by board members to fill the Region B. Board Member Vacancy. The board unanimously approved the appointment of Thomas Day to fill the unexpired term, Region B, through December 4, 2017. When the time for public comment opened up, Karen...

Letter: Did UCF board violate the law?

To The Editor: At the UCF School Board public meeting on January 23rd, the Board members took the remarkable action of accepting Superintendent John Sanville’s resignation with two years remaining on his current contract. This is probably the best thing this current board has ever done. However, right after this action the board took what is probably the worst decision ever made in our district....