Tim Boyce, Delaware County Director of Homeland Security has been working with the School District in emergency preparedness. Administrators and building level teams have participated in table top exercises as part of our safe school plan.
This opportunity was extended to our transportation department as Tim provided professional learning to 65 bus drivers on the role of our transportation department in all hazards planning.
Board of School Directors Approves Two – Year Extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement
Posted by Amanda Larsen at 7/28/2014
The Board of Directors of the School District of Haverford Township approved the contract extension negotiated between the School District and the Haverford Township Education Association PSEA/NEA. The Board approval finalizes the extension of the collective bargaining agreement for two years beyond the current agreement, September 1, 2015-August 30, 2017.
The negotiated collective bargaining agreement includes salary adjustments, and increased employee contribution to medical premiums. The salary increase will be implemented over two years with a year one (2015-2016) increase of 2.42% and a year two increase (2016-2017) of 2.45%. The agreement also includes adjustments to stipend and extra duty pay categories.
In the final year of the agreement, premium contributions, depending on the selected medical plan, will vary from 7.5% to 11.5%. There is also additional language regarding health care coverage adjustments due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation. It contains language, permitting parties to open discussions and move to mediation if the Affordable Care Act presents unanticipated costs.
Board President, Mr. Denis Gray and Human Resources Director, Mr. Gregg Parker thanks the HTEA Leadership for their cooperation and responsiveness in this effort at extending the current agreement. Superintendent, Dr. William Keilbaugh said, "I am very pleased that the Board and teachers agreed on employment terms that enable us to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for the students of our community.
Coopertown Students Hear About Trains from Engineer
Posted by Blu Taylor at 7/21/2014
Ms. Janette Heil invited a special guest reader to her first and second grade LA class at Coopertown, her husband Chris! Chris Heil is a staff consultant for an engineering company, LTK, in Ambler. They consult across the country for passenger rail. He read the book "Shortcut" by Donald Crews. In it, a group of children take a shortcut along the train tracks even though they've been told not to but then a train comes and they don't have time to turn back. They have to jump into briars and water with snakes to avoid the train! Chris brought the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) he is required to wear when he's in the field and spoke about safety with trains. He showed my students his bump hat, safety glasses, and reflective vest. (Some states have color requirements, which is why he has two.) They were excited to get a chance to try some of it on!
This year, 32 of our top FBLA students represented Haverford at the annual FBLA State Leadership Conference. The students broke many HHS FBLA records. There were over 3500 students that attended the State Conference. Each Haverford student competed against upwards of 100 other students, so placing in the Top 10 was a huge accomplishment. The students listed below placed in the top 3 in the state, and have been invited to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, TN!
1st Place, Community Service Project -- Christine Chen, MaryKate Lindner, and Brandon Chang
2nd Place, Business Plan -- Edward Liu
3rd Place, Economics -- Matt Root
The students listed below were recognized on stage as placing the Top 10 in the state:
4th Place, Current Events -- Curtis Parker
4th Place, E-Business -- Jake Hartline
5th Place, Web Design -- Jill DiOrio
5th Place, Economics -- Ray Pomponio
7th Place, Desktop Publishing -- Brianna McFadden and Emily Bannan
9th Place, Global Business -- Aidan Barber and Willie Fineberg
9th Place, Business Law -- Ryan Kirby
9th Place, Electronic Career Portfolio -- Wilder Francone
Fourth grade students at Chestnutwold explored different careers at the annual Career Day this school year. With the help of their teachers, 4th grade students wrote letters to a person of their choosing, inviting them to attend the Career Day. This year's attendees included adults from various professions including coaching, law enforcement, homeland security, architecture, nursing, mechanic, housekeeping, college admissions and a professor to name a few.
In addition, two local celebrities also attended: Ms. Tracy Davidson, NBC 10 news anchor and Mr. John LeCLair, retired professional hockey player who played for the Philadelphia Flyers.