Friday, March 9, 2018

A Sleepy Phoenixville School Board Meeting

It would be hard to characterize last night's Phoenixville Area School Board meetings as newsy.

Not only was it a work session, but the not-so-mighty-Quinn snowstorm that wasn't, caused the cancellation of the finance committee meeting which often considers some of the weightiest matters to parents and taxpayers.

There was a kerfuffle at the end of the meeting about School Board president Lisa Longo's apparent desire to make David Golberg, the newest member of the board, happy by shuffling committee assignments around to put him on one that suits his skills, but that's the kind of inside baseball that only one board member, Kevin Pattinson, took issue with.

Other than that, things were pretty routine.

Superintendent Alan Fegly said the district has about 80 more students than last year, but fewer kindergarten sign-ups than at this time last year.

Probably the most significant thing was Fegley reported on the first meeting of his "sleep committee" on Monday, which consists of about 40 students, parents and community members looking at the issue of school start times and if teens are getting enough sleep.

Phoenixville is going through a very deliberate process in deciding whether to change start times.

For those who want to know more, Dr. Wendy Troxel, a senior behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation will speak to students on Tuesday, March 13 about the matter.

There is a free public session for the community at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Here are the Tweets from the meeting.

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