Chadds Ford Elementary has a new principal

Photo by Candice Monhollan Shawn Dutkiewicz was unanimously approved by the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board to become the new principal at Chadds Ford Elementary starting at the end of June.

POCOPSON – A new face will be wandering the halls of Chadds Ford Elementary School next year as the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board approved Shawn Dutkiewicz as the new principal.

“Sean Dutkiewicz comes to us with a superior record of experience and leadership and he is clearly the right person at the right time,” said Superintendent John Sanville. “I’m just really looking forward to working with him.”

Dutkiewicz will step into his new role beginning June 27 after serving as principal at Pennell Elementary (Aston, Pennsylvania) in the Penn-Delco School District for the last seven years.

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“I wanted to express my extraordinary excitement,” he said. “It is my hope and my ambition that the board will learn that this decision today was the right one.”

New board member

With former board member Eileen Bushelow’s seat now vacant, the battle for the spot has been between Bennett Baird, Arnie Klingenberg, Robert Sage and Hsinte Yen.

Klingenberg withdrew from the race, leaving the other three up for a vote by the board at the meeting, but after three rounds, the new addition could not be agreed upon.

Five votes or more was needed for a candidate to win the spot. In the first round, Yen and Sage had three votes each while Baird had two. In the second and third rounds, Yen and Sage each had four.

Due to the ties, the vote is now postponed to the following board meeting on July 14.

School lunch

The board approved the withdrawal of the Unionville High School cafeteria from the National School Lunch Program and will instead be guided by the UCFSD Wellness Policy. This change will only take place at the high school. All other schools in the district will remain under the national program.

The high school will also see an increase in lunch prices of 25 cents.

School trips

The board approved four school trips for the 2014-15 year at Unionville High and Patton Middle schools.

The seventh and eighth grade French students at Patton will embark on a trip to Quebec City in Canada to immerse themselves in the culture from February 12 through 16, which also falls on the city’s Winter Carnival celebration.

The Unionville girls’ lacrosse team will once again take a Spring Break trip to Florida, but this time instead of going to Disney World, they will be attending the American Lacrosse Camp in St. Petersburg.

The Spanish exchange trip has run into a bump in the road as the original dates planned for Unionville students to head overseas coincided with the exchange school’s Spring Break, giving students just two days in the classroom. To help offset the problem, the board approved a four-day extension to the trip, going from 10 days to 14, to now give students five days in a Spanish classroom. It will cause Unionville students to miss five school days of their own here, which they will have to make up, but the administration and board were fine with the change.

The high school’s International Club Trip to India over the summer of 2015 is met with mixed emotions from many concerned about the safety of the children. Although the trip is seen as a very enriching experience, there is concern there will not be many students signing up for the trip. In that case, the Club plans to come back in August with an alternate trip over the same dates.

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Candice Monhollan

Candice Monhollan is a 2012 Temple University graduate. She loves to cover sports, especially hockey. She enjoys marching with the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps and has a love of U.S. military history, which includes reenacting. Reach the author at cmonhollan@dailylocal.com .