Conewago Valley residents will have the opportunity to meet with the district superintendent during coffee talks scheduled through May.
During the school board’s meeting on Monday evening, Superintendent Sharon Perry announced the dates of coffee talks she will hold to engage with the community. The events will be held in the district board room.
The talks are scheduled for 9 – 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8, March 10, April 27 and May 16. Perry said additional dates with evening availability will be scheduled in the future.
“Come one, come all,” Perry said. “It’s an opportunity for me to meet members of the community and for them to introduce themselves to me, ask any questions, (and) provide any feedback as we move forward with our comprehensive planning process.”
Perry also recognized each of the board members for their service. Those present received a certificate and she noted she would get certificates to the board members participating via Zoom.
“Thank you, board, for all the time and energy you commit to our school district and to our faculty, staff and students,” Perry said.
Board President Edward Groft said each board member serves for a “good reason.”
“We’re all here for the kids,” Groft said. “If we can keep that going and keep the school going the rest of the year, we’ll be happy.”
Perry told the board that it would need to complete a review of the district’s health and safety plan soon, as it is required to do every six months. After the board reviews it and makes any updates to it, the plan will be sent back to the state.
The superintendent also updated the board on the English language arts curriculum review being completed by a team.
“We’ve been now meeting as a collective group for several months, and the work that’s being provided and the thoughtfulness is only going to benefit our students as well as each and every principal and curriculum leader and teacher who’s participating in this research year, as it’s pulling us together and moving us forward with a vertically-articulated curriculum for approval coming up in May,” Perry said.
No one addressed the board during the time for public comment. Perry read one submission from an individual reminding the board that face coverings are still supposed to be used on buses. Another said changes to the district’s face covering policy should be posted on the district homepage, not solely communicated via email.
Two other submissions were technology questions, according to Perry.
The board held an executive session to discuss personnel before holding the open meeting.
The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in the district office.
Imari Scarbrough is a freelance journalist.