UCF facilities plan starts to take shape

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times A postcard sent to residents about the proposed facilities plan. This past spring, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board hired a consultant to recommend the best use of roads, parking areas, and athletic facilities located on the high school, middle school and Unionville Elementary campuses (the Grounds Plan).   Since then, the proposal has been discussed...

UCF board takes first look at new discipline policy

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Monday night meeting of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board held at Unionville Elementary included routine voting items and the official “first read” of the District’s redesigned discipline policy.  This policy was reworked extensively over the summer and could be voted on as soon as next month. Recent UHS graduate and...

On tax shifting, that little problem with Google and more

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education met Monday night in what proved to be a routine — and surprisingly brief meeting. Initially, I had planned to cover it via video replay, as both the length of recent meetings and a growing revenue shortage — Google continues to slowly strangle our local ad revenue, which means we can provide less...

UCF honors Hostetler; more debate on UHS discipline

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Retiring Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Supervisor of Building and Grounds Rick Hostetler and his replacement, James Whitesel during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. Monday night’s Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board meeting began with honoring Rick Hostetler, who is retiring after 26 1/2 years in the district.  Hostetler started...

UCF board previews draft proposal for new fields, renovations

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times The new draft proposal for fields at the Unionville High School/Patton Middle School campus. They would include a new tennis complex, additional parking and new multiuse turf fields. EAST MARLBOROUGH — K&W Engineers and Consultants was contracted by the Unionville Chadds-Ford School District to examine traffic flow, parking, and ground use at the Middle,...

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 sets budget vote for June 18; honors retirees

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Unionville High School Music teacher Scott Litzenberg and art teacher Heidi Benson are retiring. ” Two colleagues that are irreplaceable,” said Principal Jimmy Conley. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The $87.1 million 2018-19 budget moved forward during Monday’s Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board work session.  The final tax levy vote set for June...

UCF budget: Delco property values mean bigger hike for Chadds Ford

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — Monday night’s budget meeting started with Superintendent John Sanville stating that the proposed $87,093,540 budget correctly reflects the district’s priorities and represents “the lowest weighted tax increase for Unionville Chadds-Ford School District in twenty years.” But because of the state-mandated process used by districts...

Residents show support for Unionville Indian

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times PENNSBURY — Approximately 70 people attended the Unionville Chadds-Ford School District board meeting, with many showing their support for the current Unionville Indian name and logo.  Most appeared to be part of an organized group called “Save the Indian Coalition of UCFSD Residents.” According to a letter emailed to Superintendent John Sanville and...

Silva named new UHS Ass’t. Principal; Suspension policy moves forward

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times Steve Silva, new UHS assistant principal, is flanked by his wife Christy and UHS principal Jimmy Conley. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville Chadds-Ford School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Steven Silva as the new Assistant Principal at Unionville High School.  He is replacing Rudy Reif, who is retiring.  Silva was formally the Assistant...