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DV school board adjusting to change

Former board president Bill Greenlaw’s surprise September 12 resignation did not provide enough time to update then vice-president Pam Lutfy’s name plate, so black tape had to suffice to identify her new position on September 19.
TRR photo by David Hulse

By David Hulse
October 2, 2013

DINGMAN, PA — The Delaware Valley School District Board of Education meeting was considerably shorter than usual last Thursday.

While that may have been solely a matter of chance, the board discussion also appeared to be a bit tentative as members adjusted to the change in leadership prompted by the recent surprise resignation of their president Bill Greenlaw.

Greenlaw, who ended the board’s September 12 work session with the announcement of his immediate resignation, said he was moving his home out of the district, to New Jersey.

Last Thursday the board decided to formally accept his resignation “with regret.”

Pam Lutfy, who moved from vice-president to president with Greenlaw’s departure, said Greenlaw was “a wonderful friend and cohort.

“We spent many days campaigning together in the heat, rain and snow. I saw the other side of Bill, his concern for others and education. I believe we’ll see his name on a ballot in Sparta,” she said.

The board met at 7 p.m. on September 26 at the Westfall Administration Building to interview candidates.

The agenda highlight of last Thursday’s meeting was Superintendent John Bell’s presentation of highlights of his 2012-13 annual report.

Bell said 50 people each provided two years of statistics in compiling the activities about all the district departments and programs.

Bell said the comprehensive document would be a tool to allow officials “to make more informed decisions.”

His data included school population: approximately 5,000 in seven schools; staff of 642, down from 680; and 126 AP Scholars. “I read in one of the New Jersey newspapers lauding of a local district which had nine AP scholars named,” he reported.

The full 128-page document was described as “not pleasure reading,” but “everything anyone would want to know about DV.” The report is available online on the home page of the district website at dvsd.schoolwires.net.