Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board
By Katie Crawford
Dr. Lisa Palmer took her seat as the new superintendent of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District at the July 18th meeting of the school board, which provided less than the so-called “fifteen minutes of fame.” Despite the brevity of the meeting, there was enough time for Palmer to again thank the school board for the opportunity and privilege of serving the Wallingford-Swarthmore community.
The board also welcomed Dr. Palmer’s successor as business manager: Martha Kew, previously of the Annville Cleona School District, a small, public school district located in Lebanon County, Pa. Ms. Kew is also the former business manager/board secretary at Weatherly area school district in Weatherly, Pa. She is currently enrolled in law school as well as working as an instructor in the master of science in school business leadership program at Wilkes University. Finally, the board made time to approve the hiring of six new district teachers.
In other news, Dr. Palmer updated the board on the state’s recent passage of a full budget and noted that the district’s projections regarding revenues from state funds appear to be in line with the final state numbers.
The state’s final budget, however, still does not reflect $100 million in additional possible revenue which would come from a gaming expansion bill that proposes to legalize online gambling and add up to 20 new slot machine facilities. The specifics of this bill are expected to be resolved this fall.
Often asked whether she works in the summer, Dr. Palmer affirmed a “yes” answer, and noted the abundance of energy and ongoing projects found across district offices throughout the summer months. These include preparing and refreshing buildings, delivery of new school buses, and ongoing curriculum development, as well as an active human resources department busy processing the new hires.
New Teachers, Some With Familiar Faces
Board member Mr. Paul Schregel commented on how pleased he was to see that many of the six new teachers hired by the district had prior experience working in district schools as short and/or long-term substitutes, thus they are individuals “with whom we have had experience.”
Of these new teachers, Swarthmore-Rutledge School will be getting a new 4th grade teacher, Jonathan Blake, who will be replacing retired teacher Irene Buechler. Mr. Blake attended Penn State; his prior experience includes working as a long-term substitute in 1st and 3rd grade in the Wilson Area School District in Easton, Pa.
Five new teachers will greet students this September at the Nether Providence Elementary School, including Aubrey Beiswenger, who will be teaching 4th grade. Ms. Beiswenger also attended Penn State and worked as both a kindergarten teacher and a 4th grade advanced academic program teacher at Westgate Elementary school in Westgate Elementary in Falls Church, Va.
In addition to Ms. Beiswenger, NPE will welcome three new 1st grade teachers. Kimberly Pandow attended Texas A&M University and has prior teaching experience as a kindergarten teacher in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Florida. Joining Ms. Pandow in the 1st grade will be Christina Geraghty, who graduated from West Chester University and was a long-term substitute at NPE, and Jennifer Clay, who also graduated from West Chester University and was also a long-term substitute at NPE.
Finally, Lillian ReDavid will split her time as a kindergarten teacher between Wallingford Elementary School and NPE. Ms. ReDavid attended Penn State and worked as a long-term substitute at SRS and WES.