School Board Notes

May 2023

Best Communities for Music Recognition

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Mr. Tom Kelly, Zeswitz Representative, presented Methacton School District with the NAMM Foundation 2023 Best Communities for Music Education award. This is the seventh year in a row that Methacton has earned the designation. More than 8,000 school districts across the nation completed the extensive application process, however, only 821 were selected to receive the commendation. Members of the Methacton music department, led by department coordinator Ms. Sue Basalik, were also in attendance to accept the award.

Retiree Recognition

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The Board of School Directors recognized 19 retirees that have a collective total of 384 years of service to the students, staff and community of the Methacton School District.

It is a tremendous opportunity to give thanks to these important contributors to the Pride of Methacton: Rhonda Asher, Deborah Bennett, Annette Cramer, Rebecca Gallagher, Philip Gravinese, Beth Hall, Kelley Harmer, Cynthia Hartson, Gary Horn, Robert Jones, Stephen Martin, Allison Miller, Steven Rice, Joan Roth, Elizabeth Sanna, Barry Shade, Kimberly Shade, Lori Shaw, and Carolyn Yakonick.

We wish everyone the very best.

Award of Excellence

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Congratulations to Methacton’s Award of Excellence honorees for May 2023. Michele Terranova, Food Service Worker; Lynn Consolo, Food Service Worker; and Carla Evans, Lead Cook represent Aramark. Chris Rubendall, Mechanic; Taj Davis, Routing Coordinator; Patricia Batzel, Bus Driver represent First Student.

All of these outstanding individuals 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.

Ceremonial Signing of the Diplomas

As part of the ceremonial signing of the first diplomas, members of the Board, Dr. Zerbe and MHS Principal Dr. Jamie Gravinese, signed the diplomas of the following students:

  • Student Board Representative Sameeksha Panda,
  • Jack Winters, the son of Mr. Winters,
  • Jack Cleary, the son of Ms. Cleary, and;
  • Joshua Cancro, the son of Ms. Cancro.

Many of these students are also among the 150 members of the Class of 2023 who have earned "M" Awards for Academic Excellence by attaining a 93% or greater grade point average for the 2022-2023 school year. Following graduation, our Methacton graduates will attend various higher education institutions such as Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Drexel and Temple --- or plan to serve our country in the military. Congratulations to these M Award recipients and to the entire class of 2023!

Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2023, beginning at 4PM at the Methacton High School stadium.

Student Board Representatives

A very special thank you to MHS seniors Sameeksha Panda and Joseph Shaw for serving as student board representatives for the 2022-2023 school year. We wish them all the best as they embark on their post-secondary endeavors.

Meetings in Review

Audubon Elementary School Property Update

Dr. Zerbe provided an update on the former Audubon Elementary School property. The Board approved the building's leveling in November 2022, and Dr. Zerbe was tasked with recommending a future educational use for the property by July 2023. However, due to uncertainty regarding obtaining a required County NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, the timeline has been adjusted. Instead of issuing bids in June 2023 for a July 2023 demolition, bids will now be requested in December 2023. As a result, the demolition is now targeted to occur in February or March of 2024. This delay will enable bidders to provide more specific bids and result in a single mobilization of equipment, which will likely reduce costs.

Arrowhead Construction Updates

Fidevia provided the Board with a progress report on the new Arrowhead Elementary School. Click here to read the report. You can also keep up with the latest on the Arrowhead construction project by visiting:

All other items listed in the May 23, 2023 agenda were approved.

May 23, 2023 Regular Meeting of the Board

May 17, 2023 Special Meeting & Work Session Meeting of the Board

May 17, 2023 Work Session Meeting of the Board & Proposed Final Budget

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 Arcola Auditorium, and all residents are invited to attend. Committee meetings take place in the MHS LGI. 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.