School board approves personnel matters

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board met for six minutes in a rare July meeting and approved various district personnel matters including hiring eleven new teachers.

Superintendent John Sanville explained the reason for having a meeting in July.

“July school board meetings are not a normal happening,” he said. “However, we have been hard at work selecting new teachers to replace eleven teachers who retired effective at the end of this past school year. We requested a special board meeting to approve these personnel actions to quickly complete the hiring process. Some of the teachers are coming from other school districts and we want to accommodate these folks with firm commitments as soon as possible.”

While the July school board meeting included the complete structure of board meetings held during the course of the school year, none of the five board members present had any on the record remarks or comments.

In closing, Sanville thanked the board members who were present.

“I am thankful we had a board quorum to conduct business.”

District Business Manager Robert Cochran jokingly commented: “It took me longer to tie my necktie than this board meeting lasted.  In fact this is the shortest board meeting in my memory.”

Only one person had a very brief public comment.

Lucy McClure, of Chadds Ford Township, thanked the district for hosting the The American Cancer Society Relay for Life held June 17 – 18.  Kennett Square residents also participated in this fundraiser.   This event supported research and patient services with its Grow a Cure for Cancer fundraiser and celebration theme.

In accordance with sunshine law mandates, UCFSD’s Web site provides copies of the documents discussed at the July 16 meeting.  See

The next Unionville Chadds Ford School District public work session is scheduled for Sept. 10. Work sessions begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month and are held in the District Office Public Meeting Room.

About Jim Phreaner

After 41 years of auditing large NYSE global corporations, former IRS Agent Jim Phreaner was looking for a project in retirement with fewer regulations and more people. He joined the staff at Chadds Ford Live more than a year ago. James Edward “Jim” Phreaner, 64, died suddenly in his Birmingham Township home on Dec.17, 2012. Jim was a devoted husband, son, father, friend, and neighbor.



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