Upper Dublin In Review

Legislative Briefs - March 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 7:01 PM.


President's Welcome - Dr. Darlene Davis welcomed everyone to the meeting. Dr. Davis also thanked the Board members who participated in PSBA's Advocacy Day.


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 at SRMS and UDHS
  • Health and Safety Plan
  • Blended Learning
  • Cardinal Academy for SY 2021-2022


Minutes - The following minutes were included in the agenda:

  • The Board approved the minutes from the February 22, 2021, Legislative meeting.
  • The Board affirmed the minutes from the February committee meetings.

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

  • March 2021 Enrollment Report
  • Purchase of LEGO Education Essential Hybrid Learning Classroom starter pack for elementary STEM activities
  • Professional development conferences

Finance Committee Recommendations - The Board approved the following:

  • Disposal of excess, obsolete. and non-repairable equipment
  • Bus purchase bid certification
  • Payment of bills, monthly Treasurer's reports, and budget transfers
  • PlanCon-K General Obligation Bonds 2021AA for bond refinancing
  • Settlement Stipulation for 1531 Fulton Drive
  • Agreement with Valbridge Property Advisors for District-initiated assessment appeals
  • Renewal of Symantec Endpoint Protection & Support
  • Agreement with Wisler Pearlstine for Solicitor Services for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Agreement with Sweet, Stevens, Katz, and Williams for Special Education and Technology Pool Counsel legal services


Personnel Report/Recommendations - The Board approved the following:

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


Policy Committee Recommendations -

The Board approved the following second readings of policies:

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

The Board affirmed the following first readings of policies:

  • 908 Relations with Parents/Guardians
  • 909 Municipal Relations
  • 912 Relations with Educational Institutions
  • 914 Relations with the Intermediate Unit
  • Repeal of policies 518, 432, 532, 440, and 540


Other Business - The Board nominated Darlene Davis for a seat on the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) Board of Directors with a term beginning July 1, 2021.


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


Solicitor's Report - Mr. Diasio reported that the Board met in Executive Session prior to the meeting 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to discuss personnel matters, staffing for next school year, and a special education litigation matter.


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

  • Health and Safety Plan vote
  • Student mental health
  • High school and middle schools sports


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

  • Upcoming Touch Base Tuesday communication and District newsletter
  • Health and Safety Plan vote clarification - non-substantive changes


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

  • Education Committee - Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:00 PM

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

  • Finance Committee - Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00 PM

  • Legislative Meeting - Monday, April 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM.