School board honors retiring principal Harvey

PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

Harvey, who has been in education for the past 41 years, will be leaving the district effective Jan. 4.

“I respect and admire him for his leadership, dedication, and love of kids,” Superintendent Christopher Marchese said. “You really cultivated a family here.”

A commemorative clock was given to Harvey as a retirement gift.

“It’s been a privilege to work here,” Harvey told the board, advising them to follow their district motto “Make that ‘Children First’ be something you live.”

Assistant Principal Jeffrey Detweiler will move to the post of principal at Avon Grove Intermediate. Michael Garvin was appointed as the new Assistant Principal.

“We’re excited to have Jeff lead Avon Grove into the future,” Marchese said.

Removed from the agenda was action on the collective bargaining agreement with the district teachers. Board President Brian Gaerity indicated that the delay in approving the contract was only because the details of the document had taken longer to prepare and distribute to the Board than had been expected.

“We will call a special session before the end of the year to keep that process moving as fast as possible,” he said.

The agreement between the district and teachers covers the period from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017.

In other items, Avon Grove Business Manager Daniel Carsley was appointed tax collector, treasurer and right to know officer for the district.

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