At their monthly meeting on November 21, the Colonial Board of School Directors accepted the local audit report for the 2018-2019 school year compiled by local independent auditor BBD, LLC. The report had no issues with the District's accounting and found Colonial to be on solid financial footing. Click here to view a .pdf version of the audit report. Click here to view a .pdf version of the District's Annual Financial Report.
The Board also approved a motion to pay Advanced Placement test fees for students beyond the first exam taken. : The action is retroactive to the beginning of the current fiscal year, which started on July 1, 2019. Parents who have already paid for more than one exam this school year will be eligible for a refund. Next year, Board members may look to expand the practice to all exams taken.
Additionally, Board members approved two out of state conference requests, including the attendance of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation Department Head Jim Muscarella at the E4USA Winter Professional Development Conference at Arizona State University in December. The conference continues national engineering curriculum work Muscarella began this summer at the University of Maryland. (Click here to read a story.) PWHS is one of only eight high schools nationally piloting this program. The school was recently named one of the nation's top STEM High Schools by Newsweek. (Click here to read a story.)
The November meeting was also the final meeting for three outgoing Board members. Recognized for their service were Board President Felix Raimondo, Vice President Leslie Finegold and Mel Brodsky. Between them the members had more than 20 years combined experience serving the Colonial community. They were presented with clocks to commemorate their time spend on the Board.