School Board Notes

February 2021

Meetings in Review

Students in Grades 7-12 Return for 4 Days In Person

The Board voted to provide a blended 4-day in person and 1-day virtual (Friday) option in addition to the all online option for students in grades 7-12 beginning March 15, 2021. Parents/Guardians are reminded that this is the final determination for the remainder of the school year for students in grades 7-12. We encourage families to log into Power School Parent Portal and complete the selection form before noon on February 28, 2021.

Eagleville Elementary School Renovation

The Board of School Directors approved façade, HVAC and front entrance renovations/construction on Eagleville Elementary School in the amount of $6,697,000. This approval results from a more than 5 year challenge with water and insect issues, humidity control, and visitor control challenges. The matter was approved 8-1 in favor of the proposed project components. Work is scheduled to begin in March/April with completions scheduled for January of 2022.

Fact Finder/Agreement Overview Presentation

Mr. Regina, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Mr. Bricker, Director of Business Services, delivered a joint presentation during the February 23, 2021 regular meeting that provided an overview of the fact finder agreement between the district and the Methacton Education Association. The full fact finder report can be reviewed HERE. The Board voted 9-0 to accept the fact finding report at a Special Meeting of the Board on February 3, 3021.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

The Methacton Board of School Directors approved the 2021-2022 school calendar. The calendar has the first student day beginning August 30, 2021 and the last student day as June 10, 2021.

Award of Excellence

Methacton’s Award of Excellence honorees for February 2021 represent Arrowhead Elementary School. They are: Pam Kennedy, 1st Grade Teacher; Sue Basalik, Music Teacher; Katie Young, 4th Grade Teacher; Sandy Civitello, Personal Care Assistant; Irene Dobbs, English Language Development (ELD) Instructional Assistant; and Adriana Rundle, Office Assistant.

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.

Jr. Board Representatives

A very special thank you to Eira Shrivastava and Luke Slavin for representing Arrowhead Elementary School as Junior Board Representatives for February 2021.

Arrowhead Construction

On a monthly basis, we will be providing updates on the construction project for the new Arrowhead Elementary School on the district’s website:

All other items listed in the February 23, 2021 agenda were approved.

Methacton Education Foundation

The Methacton Education Foundation has announced the commitment of $220,000 for two STEM Innovation Labs at Methacton High School.

  • Hydroponic Farm Lab: Farming in a Shipping Crate will differentiate Methacton’s Environmental Science and Biology programs with a vertical hydroponic farm inside an insulated, custom-built shipping container. Methacton will be the first school in Pennsylvania with this state of the art greenery farming system.
  • Forensics and Biochemistry Lab: Methacton CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) will offer students a “Who Done It” case to solve using forensic tools and methods such as: DNA Electrophoresis, Fingerprint & Handwriting analysis, Fiber & Hair analysis, Trace & Residue Analysis, and a FTIR Spectrometer to analyze counterfeit printing.

These experimental labs will supplement Methacton High School’s core science curriculum and allow for advanced application of the content in ways not typically provided to high school students. The Foundation will raise the funds through partnerships with corporate and community partners who share a mission to inspire innovative education.

February 23, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

February 23, 2021 - Regular Meeting of the Board

February 16, 2021 Work Session Board Meeting

February 16, 2021 Work Session Meeting of the Board of School Directors
Methacton School District - Special Meeting of the Board February 3, 2021

Board Notes

The Methacton School District's Board of School Directors meets each month. School board work session meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month, followed by the regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday (except during the month of December). Regular Board and work session meetings typically take place in the MHS LGI, and all residents are invited to attend. Committee meetings may take place in the Board Room at the Farina Center, or the MHS LGI. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held virtually. Meeting agendas are posted to agenda manager, and start times and locations are posted on the District's website. Please confirm meeting time and location before attending. Download the meeting calendar here. Watch the meeting video online.