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Norris tapped to fill vacancy on Kennett School Board

05/10/2016 12:00PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Bob Norris was unanimously selected to fill a vacancy on the Kennett School Board on Monday night.

Norris, who previously served the New Garden Township community as a supervisor, will serve in the new position until the school board reorganizes on the first Monday of December in 2017. He is representing Region A.

School board member Michael Finnegan said that district officials previously had the opportunity to work with Norris when the district's Bancroft Elementary School project was moving through the land-development process in New Garden Township. Finnegan said that Norris was able to fairly balance what was in the best interests of the township and what was in the best interests of the school district.

“He will really be a great addition to the board,” Finnegan said.

School board member Dominic Perigo, Jr. agreed, saying that he was looking forward to working with Norris as he and the other school board members welcomed their new colleague.

Norris said that he is looking forward to working with the other school board members to set policies and to handle important responsibilities like approving an annual budget. He also said that he was looking forward to learning about and working with the district's administrators and teachers.

The vacancy on the board was created in April when Doug Stirling resigned because he is moving outside the school district's boundaries.

In other business at the meeting, the school board approved the appointment of John R. Merrick to serve as the solicitor of the district for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

The school board accepted the retirements or resignations of three people—high school special education teacher Mary Carroll, high school special education teacher Scott Green, and Greenwood ElementarySchool second grade teacher Jeanne Nornhold. Carroll is retiring after 12 years and Nornhold is retiring after 26 years with the district.

The school district has set the cafeteria prices for 2016-2017. The board approved the breakfast price of $1.50 for all students and a lunch price of $2.75 for elementary students and $3 for middle and high school students.

The school board is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13. The meeting will be held at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.