School Board Notes
Meetings in Review
The Board of School Directors recognized 23 retirees who have given a combined 542 years of service to the students, staff and community of the Methacton School District. It is with tremendous gratitude that we give thanks to these important contributors to the Pride of Methacton: Lori Andrews, Mary Ellen Barbuto, Chris Boyle, Gail Brown, Francis Buno, Patricia Gavanus, Bernadette Grib, Carl "Butch" Langheim, Nancy Leneweaver, Mary Mandia, Dianne Maylen, Patricia McGinnis, Robert McNally, Ralph Murgia, Jill Nickerson, Kathleen O'Connell, Linda Phipps, Diane Seeberger, Michele Sinnott, Janice Stickley, Barbara Vallerio, Bruce Vogel, and Linda Wilkinson. We wish everyone the very best as they embark on new chapters of their lives.
Dr. Jamie Gravinese was appointed to serve as Methacton High School principal after serving in a number of roles during her 16 years with Methacton School District. She has previously served as a supervisor of secondary special education, high school assistant principal and, most recently, as interim High School principal.
The Board approved the employment contracts and compensation plans for the Teamsters, Confidential/Exempt employees and the Act 93 employees. These plans cover custodians, maintenance, technology and administrative employees with average salary increases of 2.5%, changes in employee contribution to benefits, and several language changes.
Other items listed in the May 25, 2021 agenda were approved.
Class of 2021 "M" Awards
Award of Excellence
Methacton’s Award of Excellence honorees for May 2021 represent Aramark and First Student. They are: Vera Uhrich, Arrowhead Cafeteria Manager; Tina Cusamano, Woodland Cafeteria Manager; Maria Szam, Food Service Worker; James Prendergrast, Bus Driver; Steve Arnawoodian, Driver Trainer & Bus Driver; and Art Dorri, AM Dispatcher.
All of these outstanding staff members provide support for students, staff, and our community. They are valuable team members and we are pleased to share with everyone how much we appreciate their commitment to the students of the Methacton School District.
Full Day Kindergarten
Dr. Zerbe stated that he will be placing on the June agenda for the Board of School Directors' consideration the establishment of a full day kindergarten program with the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Dr. Deb Euker provided a summary update for the Board at the working session that outlines the journey taken towards a final decision, the value propositions for various stakeholder groups, the instructional schedule, associated finances and timeline.
On a monthly basis, we will be providing updates on the construction project for the new Arrowhead Elementary School on the district’s website: www.methacton.org/ArrowheadConstruction.