Brandywine School District Board Meeting Recap December 13, 2021

Brandywine School District's December 2021 School Board Meeting started with a seasonal greeting thanks to the Concord High School Madrigal Choir, who welcomed all attendees with beautiful music upon entering Brandywine High School. The Board Meeting also featured reports from student leaders, another visit from Governor John Carney, Education Support Professionals of the Year and Teachers of the Year celebrations, and other special presentations.

Elicia Garcia and Maya Reeves (pictured left) from Concord High School and Molly Mulvey and Katherine Farabaugh (pictured right) from Mount Pleasant High School all spoke publicly to share updates from their respective schools. School Board Members and meeting attendees truly appreciate hearing about all the wonderful things happening at our high schools directly from our student leaders at the meetings.

The tradition also continues of celebrating the 2022 Building Educator Support Professional and Teacher of the Year winners for each of our district buildings. On Monday, Lindsey Russo was celebrated as Carrcroft Elementary School's Educator Support Professional of the Year (Lindsey is pictured left with Principal Mark Overly). Reading Specialist Tasha Moore was celebrated as Carrcroft's Teacher of the Year (Tasha is pictured right with Principal Mark Overly).

Additionally, Kathleen Pie was recognized as Mount Pleasant High School's Educator Support Professional of the Year (Kathleen is pictured left with Principal Curi Calderon-Lacy). Finally, Caroline Phillips was recognized as Mount Pleasant High School's Teacher of the Year (Caroline is pictured right with Principal Curi Calderon-Lacy). Congratulations to all of the educator support professionals and teachers honored on Monday!

Governor John Carney and Chief Equity Officer for the Delaware Department of Education James Simmons (also a former BSD administrator) also returned for a second School Board Meeting visit. Gov. Carney thanked the Board and community for their engagement in the Wilmington Learning Collaborative proposal. Gov. Carney also shared updates about recent meetings that have been held with educators from Wilmington city schools and shared details about upcoming community information sessions to discuss the Wilmington Learning Collaborative proposal. There will be a community and parent information session taking place at Harlan Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Click here for more details about that event.

Superintendent Lincoln Hohler presented his monthly update during the meeting. The first item on the report was sharing information about the recent trend of online threats and Brandywine School District's swift and thorough response. Like many other districts across the state and country, Brandywine School District experienced what can best be described as a series of rumors and online chatter alluding to violence. During Monday's meeting, it was made clear this type of behavior, no matter the intent, will not be tolerated. A formal communication will be shared with all families about this type of behavior and the expectations for all BSD students.

Superintendent Hohler also reviewed current COVID trends in our state, our communities, and our school buildings. As expected, across the state and country we're seeing a spike in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday. As part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, another resource that is now available to our BSD families is the new Test to Stay (TTS) program. The program launched on Monday at all BSD schools with the goal of reducing school absences through daily testing. This program is open to students who meet certain criteria that are considered close contacts of a positive case. The video below provides an overview of the program and how the process works.

Another important resource now available to families is vaccinations. Several community partners have already hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics for our BSD students ages 5 and older. Click here to see images from one of the recent clinics hosted by Albertsons Pharmacy at Springer Middle School.

Finally, a new highlight video was shown to showcase another month of innovative and exciting things happening at our schools. Make sure to watch the video below.

If you'd like to view the Superintendent's Report from the December 2021 meeting, click here. The next Brandywine School District Board Meeting will take place on Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m. at Brandywine High School in the auditorium.

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