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WSSD Hires First-Ever Assistant Superintendent

At its Monday night meeting this week, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board authorized the hiring of Mary Figura as WSSD’s its first-ever assistant to the superintendent for management services. Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer said that compared to similar school districts, Wallingford-Swarthmore has had a “lean administrative team.” Figura is currently director of curriculum, instruction and technology in the Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) School District.

Play More, Sleep Right, Learn Better

The Wallingford-Swarthmore administration has extended an invitation for interested parents to join the task force that will explore the issue of adolescent sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation and the possibility of delaying school start times. Meanwhile, in a move likely to be celebrated by 3rd graders throughout the district, the School Board voted 8-0 at its September 9 meeting to eliminate loss of recess as a penalty for student misconduct.

New Year, New Links, New Schedules

After a hiatus caused by a July storm, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board reconvened on August 19 with a full slate, and a revamped agenda. Dr. Palmer emphasized that no decisions had been made regarding school start times, and invited the public to participate in the work of a task force and attend a regional panel discussion night.

Graduation? Again, Already?

Parents of Strath Haven High School’s Class of 2020 will get a say in whether graduation will be held at George L. King Field next year, instead of Neumann University or Villanova University, which between them have hosted Haven graduations since 2007. The plan, presented by SHHS Principal Dr. Kristopher Brown at Monday night’s Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board meeting, grew out of concerns that with growing class sizes, Neumann could become overcrowded. 

‘No,’ then ‘Maybe’ to DCCC Proposal

At its meeting on Monday night, June 10, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board did not come to a conclusive vote regarding a resolution of support for Delaware County Community College’s proposal to open a new campus at the Archbishop Prendergast High School building at 403 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill. Also, the Board announced the retirement of 12 teachers, four of whom were in the audience at the Strath Haven Middle School library that evening.

The Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board approved several contracts and agreements, significantly a contract with Dell Financial Services which will fund the leasing of notebook computers for the coming school year. These will be deployed in Strath Haven High School in the next phase of the district’s Chromebook initiative, which began in fall 2018 with the distribution of Dell Chromebooks to all 9th graders.

Pizza is Primo; French Class Is Toast

Business Administrator Martha Kew struck two positive notes for the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board at its meeting on Monday, March 25. She first noted that student participation in breakfasts and lunches was up 3% across the district this school year — an average increase of nine breakfasts and 104 lunches per day — coinciding with the beginning of WSSD’s contract with Nutrition Group, the district’s food service provider, whose contract is due for renewal. She takes this to signify student approval of the new food, and has additionally heard positive feedback from both students and staff. In particular, she has received “Numerous compliments regarding the [new] pizza.” 

As reported in last week’s Swarthmorean, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board meeting last Monday, February 11, was punctuated by an attempt by a resident named “Peter” to read into the record a victim’s impact statement by a WSSD female student who he says was raped by a male student. The latter is now involved in WSSD extracurricular activities, according to Peter. Neither Peter nor the school board divulged the names of the parties, and Peter was prevented from reading the impact statement into the record at the 2/11 meeting.