The Colonial Board of School Directors followed its annual reorganization meeting with a special meeting to make up for the November business session that was canceled because of snow. At the reorganization meeting, the Board re-elected Felix Raimondo and Leslie Finegold to their second one-year terms as president and vice president, respectively.
During the special meeting, the Board approved eight policies on a second-read basis. Notable among them is Policy 103 – Nondiscrimination in School and Classroom Practices. The basis of the policy is to maintain a safe and positive learning environment for all students. The remainder of the second-read policies included four updates and three new policies related to curriculum. All of the eight policies are now officially on the books after being approved by the Board for a second time.
The Board also passed an important new policy on a first-read basis. Policy #256 – Gender Expansive and Transgender Students aims to provide all students with an optimum environment to meet their full potential regardless of, among other factors, gender, gender identity and gender expression. The Board will consider the policy on a second-read basis in January.
In other action, the Board approved the District's 2019-2022 Comprehensive Plan and the 2017-2018 local audit report. The state mandated Comprehensive Plan is available for public review on the District's website. The audit report, which was clean without any findings, will also be on the website.
Near the beginning of the special meeting, the Board honored three Plymouth Whitemarsh High School seniors who were recognized by the College Board as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Members of the championship field hockey and girls' volleyball teams were also recognized.