Kennett officials approve new hires, summer school agenda

Kennett Consolidated school directors approved the following:

Leave of Absence

Jennifer Braunstein, fifth-grade at Greenwood Elementary, leave for the 2017-18 school year for purpose of continuing her post-graduate education at West Chester University.

Kenny Pin, second-grade teacher at Bancroft Elementary, a maternity leave beginning March 27 and continuing through June 9, 2017.

Employment

Matthew Chestnut, special education teacher at Greenwood Elementary, beginning Feb. 21, 2017. He is a graduate of Downingtown West High School and Shippensburg University.

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Sarah Guido, elementary gifted coordinator, beginning Feb. 21, 2017. She is a graduate of Archmere Academy and Gettysburg College and West Chester University. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and political science.

Rachel Pearson, second-grade teacher at Bancroft Elementary, beginning March 22, 2017. She is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School and West Chester University.

Supplemental contracts

Greg Budd, assistant boys’ lacrosse coach at Kennett High, and Pam Ramagano, assistant track coach at Kennett High.

Student Club Proposal

The administration received two requests for student organizations. The purpose of the Finance Club is to promote financial literacy and to generate student interest in the world of investing. The Kennett Conservatives’ purpose is to provide an atmosphere for students who believe in conservative policies to express their views. The Student Organization Constitutions have been successfully completed and signed off by the student officers, club advisers and high school administration. The board approved the student clubs as extracurricular activities.

Student Trip

Kennett High School received permission to sponsor a student trip to Spain in the spring of 2018. Students will depart the afternoon of March 22 and return to school on March 29, missing one and one-half days of school.

Summer School – Elementary Schools

During STEM camp, rising sixth-graders will explore automation and design using a project-based format and rising seventh-graders will explore programming for 3-D printing. The program will run from July 10 to July 13 at Kennett Middle School, and cost of the camp is $150.

Summer School - Middle School

Remedial – The middle school remedial summer program offers instruction to students who fail one or two academic subjects during the school year and consists of a math course and a verbal/study skills course, Students are required to pass one of the summer courses in order to be assigned to the next grade for the 2017-18 school year. The Monday through Thursday program will run four hours a day from June 10 to Aug. 10, costing $300.

Summer School – High School

Make-up Credit – The high school summer school program will offer make-up courses to students who fail courses required for graduation in the four major content areas (English, science, social students and math) and health. The program will run for 20 days, three hours a day beginning June 26. It will cost $300 for resident students and $450 for non-residents.

Original credit – Original credit will be offered for English, science, math, social students and health courses that will be available on-line at a cost of $600 for resident students and $900 for non-residents. Students who take an original credit course will attend class for six hours a day.

Keystone Remediation – Algebra, biology, and literature remediation will be offered to any student who participated in a Keystone Assessment but has yet to attain a score of proficient or advanced. The program will run for 10 days, with each session lasting three to six hours per day beginning July 10. There is no cost for this program.

Parents will be responsible for providing transportation for all summer school programs. Financial assistance will be provided to those students demonstrating need.