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Barrington gives preliminary OK to school choice program

The Barrington Board of Education this week approved the district’s application to the state to participate in the public school choice program.

Avon School The board also recognized Woodland School’s students of the month, accepted the resignation of the district music teacher, approved a 10-cent increase in the price of school lunch for next year and discussed the curriculum for the family and consumer science class at Woodland School.

School Choice

Under the nonbinding school choice application, only enough new students would be accepted per grade level to reach a 20-1 ratio of students to teachers at Avon School and 25-1 ratio at Woodland School. Some grades (grades 3-5 in 2014-2015) are expected to have space for zero additional students, while other grades might have space for as many as 12 additional students (8th grade in 2014-2015).

These incoming students would pay to attend Barrington schools without requiring the addition of any teachers, leading the district to conclude the  program would have a positive fiscal impact, according to the application.

Students are expected to be drawn from Runnemede, Lawnside, Glendora, Camden, Berlin, Clementon, Collingswood, Gloucester Township, Gloucester City and other surrounding districts, according to the application.

During the April board meeting, Superintendent Anthony Arcodia assured the board the district has the right to choose precisely how many students it wants to accept per year per grade and to change that number on an annual basis depending on local enrollment to ensure there would not be any need to increase the number of sections in a given grade level.

Arcodia also noted the application — which had to be submitted in order to take part in the program for the 2014-2015 school year — can be withdrawn if needed.

Top students

During the meeting, Woodland School Principal David Zucker also took a moment to recognize the top students in the school:

5th Grade: Angela Griffith, Tyler Bowker, Mia Breining
6th Grade: Molly Barr, Dakota Trailies
7th Grade: Hannah Lieber, Kristen Slater
8th Grade: Michelle Nutt, Rachael Quigley

Personnel

In addition to approving family leave for Guidance Counselor Kristin Flowers for Sept. 3 through Jan. 2, the board also accepted the resignation of district music teacher Renee Pestritto, effective June 30.

School lunch

Following use of a tool that maps out costs for school lunch based on the number and types of lunches sold during a set period from the previous year, the district OK’d an increase in the cost of a regular school lunch to $2.55 from $2.45.

The cost ensures the district will break even on the program. There is no increase in the price for a reduced-cost school lunch or the regular or reduced-cost school breakfast — 40 cents, $1.25 and 25 cents, respectively.

Curriculum

A parent came to the board Monday evening to discuss the types of topics taught during the family and consumer science class at Woodland School. The parent focused on aspects of the curriculum she thought were of little use to a sixth-grade student, such as turn-by-turn instructions to get to Center City Philadelphia, the best shampoo to use, how to make friendship bracelets, how to fold a map, how to swaddle a baby and more.

The board and administrators noted efforts are underway to improve the curriculum in this class — as well as efforts to upgrade the technology curriculum — at Woodland School, with the efforts dating back to last year.

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The author of the Barrington Bulletin, Mark Correa, is also a member of the Barrington School District Board of Education as of Jan. 6, 2013. Please be aware that I do not speak for the board in any way. The thoughts, views and opinions contained within the posts on this site are mine and mine alone. And the comments after any given posts are the thoughts, views and opinions of the author of the comment.

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One comment on “Barrington gives preliminary OK to school choice program

  1. Pingback: New hires, after-school club, attendance/discipline rules, curriculum on the agenda for school board tonight | Barrington Bulletin

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