Kennett School Board swears in new members
● By Steven Hoffman
The Kennett Consolidated School District Board of School Directors swore in its newly elected members at the annual reorganization meeting on Monday. Following the administration of their oaths, the sworn in members took their seats at the board table with the incumbents.
The biggest change in representation came from Region A, which includes Kennett Square Borough, where all new members were elected for their first term and replaced incumbents who were also running in the election last month.
The new members are Ryan Bowers, Ann Parry and Maribel Garcia. Parry and Garcia replaced Dominic Perigo, and Steve Ciprani, while Bowers ran unopposed for an unexpired seat.
It was reported by the Kennett Square Democrats Committee in October that Garcia had dropped out of the race. However, her name was already on the ballot at the time of the announcement, and, according to Chester County Voter Services Director Sandra Burke, she did not file an official document with the county board of elections to terminate her candidacy. When Election Day came, she won with the highest number of votes, 736, and was entitled to her seat.
In Region B, New Garden Township, Board President Joseph Meola was re-elected, while newcomer David Kronenberg won a seat on the board. They were unopposed.
From Region C, Kennett Township and Independent Number 1, incumbent Michael Finnegan was re-elected.
In the second part of the reorganization meeting, Meola was re-elected president, Vicki Gehrt was elected vice president and Finnegan continued in his role as treasurer.
The board set the second Monday of each month at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center as its regular meeting day.
Following the conclusion of the formal reorganization meeting, the board held its regular monthly meeting, which was abbreviated due to limited committee reports.
The board approved the first reading of a school wellness policy which dealt with state requirements for providing physical education and educating students about nutrition and lifelong physical activity.
They also approved the second reading of a school policy that dealt with providing students with healthy eating habits which incidentally urged strongly that parties in classes avoid unhealthy celebratory snack events.
Superintendent Barry Tomasetti reported good news that Kennett has been named as one of the best STEM schools in the nation. He also praised outstanding performances by the football, hockey, cross country and golf teams.
There were no public comments presented in either meeting.