Haverford Happenings

October 1, 2021

School Lunch Hero

Karen Ramplin may look familiar to you, for 23 years, she has worked in Haverford's Food Services Department. She's one of our Food Service heroes who prepared meals every week during virtual learning. Karen is married to retired Transportation Director, George Ramplin. Karen, George, and their two sons are all proud alumni of the School District of Haverford Township and they still reside here today. We mean it when we say working in the District is a family affair!

How did you decide to work at Haverford?

A: When my children were in school I was looking for a position that would provide me the flexibility to be home before and after school well as the opportunity to attend their school activities and sporting events.

What do you like most about working for Haverford?

A: I enjoy interacting with the students and providing lunches for them. It has allowed me to work with many kind people and to build new friendships.

What’s the best part of your workday?

A: Seeing the students in the morning. We provide breakfast and lunch for the children in the District every day, ensuring that they have access to nutritious meals. I am proud that we are helping our students build balanced, healthy eating habits to support their learning.

Why would someone want to work in Food Services?

A: It provides a flexible work schedule and the opportunity to work with a variety of people. You make a difference in the life of a child every day.

Transportation Update

The nationwide bus driver shortage is impacting schools across the country.

As you may know, some of our surrounding school districts have experienced delays transporting students to/from school in recent weeks. If this occurs in Haverford, we will notify parents as early as possible to make alternate arrangements for these unexpected delays.

If you can transport your child to/from their school, please email our Transportation Department and notify them of the update.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a bus driver, please apply on our Human Resources website.

National Merit Scholarship Program

An elite group of students nationwide are honored each year as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist or Commended students. Out of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT® tests, about 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers receive Letters of Commendation, and about 16,000 (of the 50K) qualified as Semi-Finalists across the country. We are very proud of our scholars!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wolfe, Caleb Schmitt*, Joy Hyun, Owen Lieberman, Emma Taylor*, Ryan Shindler*, Owen Kelly, Audrey Bucah, Zachary Scullin*, Elizabeth Shagena*, Anna Lozano, Shannon Horning, and Jose Luis Policarpio.

*Demotes Semi-Finalist

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Haverford High School Welcomes New Athletic Director and Assistant Principal

The School District of Haverford Township warmly welcomes Greg Decina as the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Haverford High School. Mr. Decina is a five-year veteran of the District. He's taught AP Psychology and World Cultures and has been the Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach since 2015. In his leadership roles at the high school he served as a Technology Teaching Mentor and a Curriculum Implementation Mentor. He is a member of the Haverford High School Curriculum Planning Committee, the Equity Committee, and the Haverford School District Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Decina has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University.

“Aside from family, sports have played the greatest role in my growth, the relationships I have developed, my work ethic, and my character," said Mr. Decina. "I am excited about the opportunity to facilitate that type of transformative experience for the students and athletes in the School District of Haverford Township."

Honoring Retired School District Staff

Representatives of the Haverford Township School District (HTSD) Education Foundation delivered books honoring recent HTSD retirees to each school library in the district on September 24.

The Legacy Books program, created and funded by the Education Foundation, recognizes the contribution of HTSD retiring staff members by inviting them to select a book that they would for the HTSD library of their choice. Bookplates are inscribed with the retiree’s name.

This year 17 retiring staff members selected titles, including “Sweety” (donated in honor of retired transportation director George Ramplin) and “Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You” By Sonia Sotomayor (donated in honor of retired teacher Nancy L. Ryan), which were presented to Manoa School Librarian Maria Hernandez by HTSDEF past president and board member Kathy Kerns and board member Ellen Kranick. For more information on the HTSD Education Foundation please visit haverfordedfoundation.org.

School Board Information

The School District of Haverford Township utilizes BoardDocs, an online, paperless resource for all school board meetings. Here you can find the agenda, meeting minutes, video replay, and board policies. The meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 7th: Regular Board Meeting
    • Welcome new employees
    • Student Representatives
  • October 21st: Regular School Board Meeting
    • Enrollment Projections and Update
    • HHS Fall Play Preview

Past Meetings:

All presentations and videos can be found on BoardDocs.

About Us

The mission of the School District of Haverford Township is to educate and to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become well-rounded global citizens.