Upper Dublin In Review

Legislative Briefs - February 2021

Upper Dublin Board of School Directors

Dr. Darlene Davis, President, Mr. Jeffrey Wallack, Vice President,

Ms. Amy Francek, Mr. Michael Henderson, Ms. Jennifer Iannitti, Dr. Art Levinowitz,

Mr. Stan Ropski, Ms. Titia Scherpbier, Mr. Mark Sirota

Call to Order - Dr. Darlene Davis, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.


President's Welcome - Dr. Darlene Davis welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Student Government Report - Student Board Representative Daniel Caplan shared his report to the Board. Click here to read Daniel's full report.


Superintendent's Report - Dr. Yanni provided a report to the Board. Click here to read Dr. Yanni's full report.


Community Input - The following topics were addressed during the first community input:

  • Return to five day in-person learning
  • Hybrid schedules
  • Cardinal Academy
  • Student mental health
  • Guidance counseling
  • Remembering a long-time Board member
  • Academics and screen time
  • Surveys to families regarding return to in-person learning
  • In-person Board meetings


Minutes - The following minutes were included in the agenda:

  • The Board approved the minutes from the January 25, 2021 Legislative meeting.
  • The Board affirmed the minutes from the January committee meetings.

Education Committee/Curriculum Recommendations - The Board reviewed and approved the following:

  • February 2021 Enrollment Report
  • Purchase of two asynchronous online Catlin Tucker courses for K-12 teaching staff
  • Annual purchase of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) for gifted screening
  • Conference attendance


Education Committee/Student Services Recommendations - The Board approved the following:

  • An educational agreement
  • COVID-19 Compensatory Services (CCS) and Extended School Year (ESY) Programs


Finance Committee Recommendations - The Board approved the following:

  • Parking lot paving bid to Schiefer Contractors
  • Transportation Feasibility Study bid to D'Huy Engineering
  • Demographic Study Agreement with Sundance Associates
  • Monthly financial reports and the list of bill payments
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit member services budget for SY 2021-2022
  • Settlement Stipulation for 1668 Susquehanna Road
  • Contract renewal with Securly (content filter for our campus network)
  • Contract with Allied Resources Medical Staffing for nurse substitutes


Personnel Report/Recommendations - The Board approved the following:

  • Personnel Report inclusive of appointments, resignations, retirements, terminations, leaves of absence, changes of status, mentor appointments, and extracurricular assignments.


Policy Committee Recommendations -

The Board approved the following second readings of policies:

  • 318 Attendance and Tardiness
  • 331 Job-Related Expenses
  • 332 Working Periods
  • 334 Sick Leave
  • 340 Responsibility for Student Welfare

The Board affirmed the following first readings of policies:

  • 907 School Visitors
  • 907.1 Classroom Observations
  • 910 Community Engagement


Liaison Committee Reports - The Board reviewed the following informational reports:

  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit - Darlene Davis
  • Montgomery County Legislative Committee - Amy Francek
  • EASTERN Center for Arts & Technology - Art Levinowitz
  • Equity and Empowerment Steering Committee - Jennifer Iannitti
  • Educational Advisory Committee - Titia Scherpbier
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association - Michael Henderson
  • Township - Mark Sirota and Stan Ropski
  • Upper Dublin Education Foundation - Jeffrey Wallack

Click here to read the full report.


Solicitor's Report

  • Mr. Diasio reported that the Board met in Executive Session prior to the meeting from 6:00 PM to 6:40 PM to discuss personnel matters, a litigation matter, and a confidential student matter.


Community Input - The following topics were addressed during the second community input:

  • School counseling for students
  • Return to five-day in-person learning timeline
  • Transportation facility and funding
  • D'Huy engineering award to conduct Feasibility Study for transportation facility
  • Referendum for UDHS project and audit for project
  • Township permits for UDHS project
  • Attestation to return to in-person learning


Comments from the Board and/or Superintendent - The following topics were addressed in response to community input:

  • Upcoming Touch Base Tuesday with communication regarding in-person learning on alternating Wednesdays beginning in March and timeline for return to five-day in-person learning
  • Attestation to return to in-person learning
  • District COVID-19 tracker and dashboard
  • Feasibility Study for Transportation Facility
  • Referendum for UDHS project
  • Township permits for UDHS project
  • Surveys to families regarding return to in-person learning
  • UDHS events for seniors (spring 2021)


Upcoming Meetings - The following meetings are scheduled for March 2021:

  • Education Committee - Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6:00 PM

  • Policy Committee - Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:15 PM or immediately following the Education Committee

  • Finance Committee - Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 PM

  • Legislative Meeting - Monday, March 22, 2021, 7:00 PM

Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 PM.