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With the Kennett Consolidated School District School Board meeting on the night of Veteran’s Day, it was only appropriate for former veteran and current board member Rudy Alfonso to say a few words.
“It’s time for reflection and a time to honor those who have served our country and defended it with their lives,” Alfonso said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude and respect for all they have done to secure our safety and freedom.”
At the conclusion, Alfonso turned to his colleagues and asked them to consider starting a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program at Kennett High School.
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“The JROTC program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of the rights, responsibilities and privileges as American citizens,” Alfonso said. “it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities which benefit the students, the community and the nation.”
The program is taught by retired officers from different branches of the military. Classroom instructions are augmented throughout the year with community service activities with drills, competitions and field service, said Alfonso.
“Uniforms, text books, training aids and instructional salaries are provided by the military,” he said. “They are taught as elected courses in more than 3,000 high schools nationwide.”
It’s something the board will look into for the January meeting and will speak with both Superintendent Barry Tomasetti and high school principal Michael Barber.
The board also approved the first reading of Section 206. Section 206 deals with assignments of children to certain schools in the district. It gives the board permission to periodically determine the attendance at schools and assign children to a school which will fulfill the educational needs and abilities of the student best.
The Superintendent may make recommendations to the board and be backed by “considerations of safe student transportation and travel, convenience of access to schools, financial and administrative efficiency, facility instructional capacity, and appropriateness of the instructional program.”
In addition, parents of twins or children or higher multiples in the same grade level at the same school will have the ability to request their children be placed in the same or separate classrooms. The request must be made no later than 10 days after the first day of each year or 10 days after the first day of the children’s attendance.
And, every October, the Chester County Health Department makes its way around to all the schools in the country for a sanitation inspection. They not only inspect the basic cleanliness of the building, but also check the hot water temperature. They checked the sinks in every bathroom to make sure the temperature was between 95 to 100 degrees. Only four sinks in the entire district failed to fall within the range. A sum total of only six comments were made, each the concerning sinks to be worked on and not a single comment was made concerning cleanliness. There were no violations at the time of inspection and three of the schools scored perfect.
This was the final meeting for George Drake, Jr. as a member of the Kennett Consolidated School District School Board after serving for the last eight years.
As a thank you for everything he has done in that time, Tomasetti presented Drake with a special gift.
“It’s been a pleasure and an honor,” said fellow board member Heather Schaen. “We are so fortunate to have had [Drake] on the board for the last eight years. [He’s] been such a key member.”
Some of his achievements while on the board include overseeing a multi-million dollar renovation to the high school, the building and opening of Bancroft Elementary School and the implementation of the STEM program.