Chester County School Board help its last meeting of 2018 on Thursday, Dec. 20. The board celebrated the announcement of the 2019 Teachers of the Year.
In the last few school years, Chester County Schools have received state-level recognition for specific Teachers of the Year who have progressed through the competitive process as Regional winners, Grand Division winners and one State winner. The following teachers have been recognized by their peers at their respective schools to serve as the 2019 Teachers of the Year:
Chester County High School and District Level (ninth through 12th grade) winner – Teresa Crouse, biology;
Chester County Junior High School Winner – Lindley Carpenter, English/Language Arts;
Chester County Middle School Winner (fifth grade) – Lindsey Anthony, SPED;
Chester County Middle School Winner (fourth grade) – Misty Thomas, math and science;
East Chester Elementary School Winner – Melinda Carroll, librarian;
Jacks Creek Elementary School Winner – Carrie Cherry, Kindergarten; and
West Chester Elementary School Winner – Janice Whitman, second grade.
The next step in the process will be the selections of the district winners from this pool of winners for grade spans of Pre-K through fourth grade and fifth grade through eighth grade. Finalists for the region-level teacher of the year will be announced by Feb. 8, 2019, and the regional winner will be announced in April.
The board also approved dress code revisions.
Superintendent Troy Kilzer II stated, “During the spring of last school year, I was invited by Dr. Catlett to visit with high school student representatives for the purpose of discussing the possibilities of adjustments to the current student dress code for grades four through 12. After that meeting, a high school representative provided me a document of the proposed recommendations from the high school students to be shared with the Board for request to approve. I sought the opinions of administrators at the three schools impacted by our current student dress code. I received feedback regarding the document from Mr. Tommie Kirk, Mr. Clay Murley, Mr. Todd Lewis, Mr. Wes McPeake, Dr. Belinda Anderson, and Dr. Ricky Catlett.
“Of the recommendations for revision made by the students, the only portion that had support of some of the administrators was the allowance of the following.”
The new dress code changes the requirements for jackets and outerwear.
Currently, lightweight jackets must be solid color, without hoods, and may have an appropriate sized logo (approximately the size of a business card). The revised dress code states that “two-toned lightweight jackets are permitted as long as the design of the jacket remains clear and abides by the logo rules established in the dress code.”
Of the other recommendations for revision, the consensus among the administrators was to keep the current dress code current. Kilzer added that he recommended that the one supported revision be approved and effective for the start of the second portion of this current school year, beginning in January 2019.
The board also approved the 2019-2020 school calendar and discussed the public release of state report card access. The results are available online at https://reportcard.tnk12.gov/. Next week, the Chester County Independent will feature an interview with Superintendent Kilzer regarding Chester County’s scores and progress in the changing face of assessment.