The Delaware Valley School District held their board meeting on Thursday August 15th in the Administrative Offices at the school. With school starting again the board shared their concern with their current elementary school. There are 487 students that are going to be starting school in the building.
The board members mentioned how the building has problems with its roof, concerning leaks, as well as limitations as far as their technology. Due to delays with getting permits, the construction of Delaware Valley School District's new elementary school is on hold.
"The Milford Township did have some late requirements, and we had decided that we are going to comply with the requirements, and give them what they have asked, even though it was a horrendously long time after they supposedly gave us the requirements, they came up with some other ones," expressed the board President Bill Greenlaw. "And they were very slow on even responding to us so we could even move forward with those, but we have moved forward with them so we're complying with what they asked, we hope the level of cooperation increases."
The board has decided to have a serious discussion outlining what are going to be issues with the next three years if they are going to have to keep using the current elementary school. This discussion may come back up during Delaware Valley School District's work session meeting on September 12th at 7 p.m. at the new Pike County Library. The board urges if anyone in the area knows of a suitable property for the new elementary school to bring it to their attention.
A presentation was given by Counselor, Wanda Holtzer, showing the graduation rate. The state has developed a new way of calculating the graduation rate with a method called Cohort. Cohort refers to students who have entered ninth grade in the same year at the same high school. The graduation rate will now be based on the percent of students who graduated during anticipated graduation year, within their cohort. The state felt that it would be a better way of getting a more precise number of when students are graduating, and graduating on time. The state has concluded that the graduation rate will be lower using this new method.
They also discussed how this year the school tried to make summer school class schedules more flexible for students, so students could still work during the summer, as well as go to summer school. The change has showed to be successful, with the number of students attending went from 17 students last year to 64 students this year.
[Classes resumed on Monday, August 26 at Delaware Valley School District.]