Garnet Valley School District

Garnet Valley School District (GVSD) is a public school district based in Glen Mills, PA, within the Greater Philadelphia area. GVSD serves the town of Chester Heights, Bethel Township and Concord Township. Founded in 1959, it is one of the youngest school districts in Pennsylvania. Garnet Valley is one of the leading school districts, competing academically and athletically amongst the top decile schools in the state. The district is run by a school board consisting of nine elected, unpaid members. In addition to the School Board, the student body of Garnet Valley High School elects two student representatives for a one-year term that runs concurrent with the fiscal year. These representatives serve in a non-voting advisory capacity.

Garnet Valley School District
Address
80 Station Road
, Pennsylvania, 19342
United States
District information
TypePublic
MottoReady to learn. Go forth to serve.
GradesK-12
EstablishedJanuary 1959 (1959-01)
SuperintendentDr Marc S. Bertrando
Schools5
Students and staff
Enrollment4,821
Teachers413
Student-teacher ratio15:1
Athletic conferenceCentral Athletic League
ColoursGarnet & White         
Other information
Websitewww.garnetvalleyschools.com

Garnet Valley is a member of the Central Athletic League since 2008. Founded in 1967, the Central Athletic League aims to foster good sportsmanship for the Delaware Valley's most talented men and women student-athletes.

History

The Garnet Valley Joint School System was formally organized on March 30, 1959. From school year '59-'60 to school year '62-'63, Garnet Valley existed as a Junior High School housed in the Old Concord Elementary School building on Bethel Road for Grades 7 through 9. Students were then sent to Media High School for Grades 10 through 12. The last class sent to Media High School was the Class of 1965, and the first class to graduate from Garnet Valley High School was the Class of 1966.

In 2000, the Garnet Valley Middle School was selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education In both 1999 and 2001 Garnet Valley High School received the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

From 1993 through 2006, Garnet Valley was known as the fastest growing school district in the state of Pennsylvania. As a result, expansion for all of the schools was required.

Elementary Schools (District Offices)

In September 1997, Garnet Valley Elementary School opened. In September 1999, a classroom wing across the back of the building, the "Reader's Park" courtyard, and the Garnet Valley Education Center, where the district's offices are located, were also opened. In September 2002, Bethel Springs Elementary School opened. In September 2006, Concord Elementary School was rebuilt at a new location.

Garnet Valley Middle School

In September 1991, Garnet Valley Middle School opened. In September 2000, due to the exponential student growth throughout the school district, the middle school completed a renovation which included the expansion of the core facilities (art wing addition and cafeteria renovation, completed in September 1999, new gymnasium, completed in January 2000, and guidance / administrative offices, completed in August 2000), and the construction of 13 general education classrooms and 2 science labs, also completed in September 1999. In November 2005, due to a shortage of classrooms, they opened an addition that consists of 12 general education classrooms and 2 Science labs, and they renovated the nurse's office. In October 2016, the cafeteria was renovated for the second time, due to overcrowding in the old cafeteria, and the library was renovated to accommodate modern technology in the future.

Garnet Valley High School

The construction of the Garnet Valley High School began in May 1962, and the school was opened in September 1963. In January 2003, due to the same exponential student growth throughout the school district, the high school completed phase 1 of a major renovation which included the expansion of the core facilities (new art wing, completed in January 2001, new gymnasium and library, completed in September 2001, new cafeteria, faculty room, and staff planning areas, completed in September 2002, and performing arts center, nurse’s office, and guidance / administrative offices, completed in October 2002), and the construction of an additional general education wing, also completed in January 2001, that was designed to accept a second floor. In September 2006, the high school completed phase 2 which included the renovation of the Science, Health, and Business Technology wings along with the construction of the new general education wing's second floor, completed in February 2006, and the Morris (Moe) DeFrank Football Stadium. In August 2017, The new gymnasium's flooring was replaced, the cafeteria's serving areas were upgraded, and the library was renovated in order to be able to accommodate modern technology in the future. In November 2018, the Moe DeFrank stadium was upgraded and repaired due to significant wear and tear over the past several years.

Schools within the district

School Opened Grades Website Photo
Garnet Valley High School 1963 September 4 9–12 Website
Garnet Valley Middle School 1991 September 4 6–8 Website
Garnet Valley Elementary School 1997 September 3 3–5 Website
Bethel Springs Elementary School 2002 September 4 1–5 Website
Concord Elementary School 2006 September 6 K–2 Website

Former schools

School Opened Closed
Concord School 1949 2006
Francis Harvey Green School 1952 1991

Notes

Both Francis Harvey Green School and Concord Elementary School were leased to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for special education, in 1991 and 2006 respectively.

Concord Elementary School was relocated to a new building on Station Road, Glen Mills in September 2006 and the old school building, on Bethel Road, was renamed Pennington School.[1] Pennington School is currently leased by the district to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for the education of special-needs children.[2]

Francis Harvey Green School was demolished in November 2010.[3]

Leadership

School Board

The District is run by a nine-member school board of directors who are elected to four-year terms each. Elections are held every odd-numbered year. Four to five directors are generally elected at any one time. At an annual organization meeting held the first week of December, the School Board chooses a President and Vice President for the coming calendar year. A primary responsibility of the Board is to set district policy, which is then implemented by the administration. Another major responsibility is to approve the annual budget and set tax rates. The fiscal year covered by the budget runs from July 1 to June 30. In addition to the School Board, the student body of Garnet Valley High School elects two student representatives for a one-year term that runs concurrent with the fiscal year. These representatives serve in a non-voting advisory capacity.

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Current Member Name Role Current term began in Current term expires in
Place 1 Rosemary Fiumara President 2015 2019
Place 2 Tracy A Karwoski Vice-President 2015 2019
Place 3 Mary Kay Beirne Member 2015 2019
Place 4 Robert Hayes Member 2015 2019
Place 5 Greg Chestnut Member 2015 2019
Place 6 Maria Deysher Member 2017 2021
Place 7 Scott Mayer Member 2017 2021
Place 8 Robert Anderson Member 2017 2021
Place 9 Richard Jones Member 2017 2021

Superintendents

The school board works with a paid superintendent. From 1964–2018, GVSD has been led by seven superintendents as follows:

Superintendents of GVSD
Years Active Name
1964-1972 B.H. Davis (Bennett H. Davis)
1972-1980 H.F. Hofmann (Henry F. Hoffmann)
1980-1987 W.A. Byrd (William A. Byrd)
1987-1991 V.R. Wyland (Vemon R. Wyland)
1991-2010 A.V. Costello (Anthony V. Costello)
2010-2012 M.L. Christian (Michael L. Christian)
2012-2012 A.V. Costello (Anthony V. Costello) [Acting]
2012–present M.S. Bertrando (Marc Bertrando)

References

  1. "Concord Elementary School on Bethel Road to be Renamed Pennington School in Summer 2006". Garnet Valley School District. Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2006-01-27.
  2. "Garnet Valley School District General Fund Budget Summary - Fiscal Year: 06/07". Garnet Valley School District. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  3. Shomo, Eileen. "Portrait of Francis Harvey Green rests at Siloam Church". www.delconewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

Voices of the Valley: August/September 2000 October/November 2000 January/February 2001 August/September 2001 January 2002 June/July 2002 August/September 2002 January/February 2003 February 2005 September 2005 February 2006

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