DASD battles food insecurity with ‘Buddy Boxes’

Community Food Box at East Ward Elementary School provides nonperishable food items and toiletries donated by members of the community. Downingtown Area School District (DASD) recently partnered with It Takes A Village Community (ITAVC) of Chester County to help combat food insecurity within the DASD community.  Community food boxes have been installed at Beaver Creek Elementary School (601 West Pennsylvania...

DASD facilities restores Holocaust Memorial at Downingtown West

DASD staff and community members gathered to plant flowers and contribute to the restoration of the district’s Holocaust Memorial Through its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs, Downingtown Area School District (DASD) aims to provide a culture of inclusivity and empathy, fostering educational equity that can grow, flourish and reach beyond the DASD community. In May, DASD celebrated the incredible...

DASD hosts Holocaust survivor’s talk, sharing his story

Holocaust survivor, Daniel Goldsmith, shares his incredible story of resilience, survival and healing On May 24 at 6:00 p.m., Downingtown Area School District (DASD) community members are invited to listen in as Holocaust survivor, Daniel Goldsmith, shares his incredible story of resilience, survival and healing in a community event like no other. DASD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mission is...

Downingtown Area School District invites community to an elementary construction Town Hall

Downingtown Area School District (DASD) invites all community members to participate in a Town Hall event on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at STEM Academy (335 Manor Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335) and will review the various elementary construction opportunities currently under board consideration. The evening will conclude with a moderated question-and-answer opportunity with the...

DASD names O’Donnell as new Superintendent

Robert J. O’Donnell DOWNINGTOWN — The Downingtown Area School District (DASD) Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Robert O’Donnell as its next superintendent of schools, Monday. “Our community asked for a strong leader, a good listener and an experienced superintendent,” said LeeAnn Wisdom, president of the DASD Board of Directors. “The board wanted...

DASD details plans to celebrate Womens’ History Month

Downingtown Area School District (DASD) has great plans to celebrate Women’s History Month this March. On March 12, 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 officially designating March as Women’s History Month in the United States. Each year since its inception, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) chooses a powerful theme for Women’s History Month. As a way to recognize...

DASD’s Lonardi to retire in June

Dr. Emilie Lonardi delivers the conferring of degrees during the 2021 DASD graduation ceremonies. DOWNINGTOWN — During the February 9 Downingtown Area School District (DASD) board meeting, the board of directors approved the retirement of district superintendent, Dr. Emilie M. Lonardi, effective June 30, 2022. Dr. Lonardi has served as a superintendent for the past 24 years, with the last five in...

DASD celebrating Black History Month

DOWNINGTOWN — Throughout the year, Downingtown Area School District (DASD), its Cultural Equity Task Force team and the school community at large make a concerted effort to celebrate many of our nation’s month-long observances. February is Black History Month and DASD is excited to celebrate. Black History Month is the recognition and celebration of the successes and contributions of African Americans...

DASD community invited to attend a virtual focus group on January 24

The Downingtown Area School District (DASD) is in the process of reviewing their communication initiatives and is seeking input from school personnel, parents and the community through a series of focus groups. Focus group participants will share their perceptions about the district as well as its communications strategy. Parents, staff and students have been invited to attend focus groups via the...

DASD Superintendent wins statewide recognition

Superintendent Emilie Lonardi, Ph.D. receives the PASA Award for Service to the Profession (Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jay Burkhart, PASA President; Steven Delisle, Sponsor: Horace Mann; Emilie M. Lonardi, Ph.D., Superintendent of Downingtown Area School District; Josh Winter, Sponsor: Horace Mann) DOWNINGTOWN — Not only does Downingtown Area School District have award-winning schools and award-winning...