Wolff and Gaerity to lead Avon Grove School Board in 2017
● By Steven Hoffman
Bonnie Wolff will continue to serve as president of the Avon Grove School Board for another year following a vote at the board’s reorganization meeting on Dec. 5.
Wolff was unanimously selected by her colleagues to continue to preside over their meetings. Board member Brian Gaerity nominated Wolff for the leadership post. There were no other nominations. Wolff has been a member of the school board for 14 years, and this will be her fourth year as president during that time. The board has a policy that limits a board member from serving as president for more than two consecutive years.
Board member Ed Farina nominated Gaerity to continue to serve as the board vice president. There were no other nominations, and Gaerity was unanimously selected.
The members of the Avon Grove School Board for 2017 are Wolff, Gaerity, Charles Beatty III, Jeff Billig, Herman Engle, Ed Farina, Tracy Lisi, Patrick Walker, and Bill Wood.
The experienced board will have a busy year ahead. Wolff said that the board will be working on finalizing a new teachers’ contract and moving forward with the Facilities Input Group, which is helping the district develop a long-range plan for its facilities. Avon Grove will be launching a full-day kindergarten program at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The school board has already formally notified superintendent Dr. Christopher Marchese that the intent is to extend his contract, and negotiations are progressing.
“We’re hoping to have something in place within the next few voting meetings,” Wolff said.
Overall, Wolff said, she thinks the school board members work well together, and the school board has provided the administration with good direction.
“I like the direction that we’re going in,” Wolff said. “There are a lot of good initiatives in progress.”