Quaker Valley School District officials prepare to welcome students back

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Quaker Valley School District officials are preparing for the return of students and will welcome at least two new administrators this year.

The first day of school for K-9 students is August 24. Classes for grades 10-12 start the next day.

Current enrollment is 1,831 with 413 students at Edgeworth Elementary, 396 at Osborne Elementary, 396 in middle school, 586 in high school, and 10 in alternate placements.

There are approximately 150 teachers in the district.

“It’s great to be back for another school year, and we’re excited to welcome our students and staff back to our buildings,” Superintendent Tammy Andreyko said. “As always, the health and safety of our students and teachers is a top priority. I joined our principals and teachers to greet our kindergarten students on the playgrounds on August 3, and we began to build positive relationships between students, families, teachers, and administrators.

“Our teachers work collaboratively to determine their needs in the classroom and how best to support them and their students. As a district, we look forward to providing the best possible educational experiences for all students and are enthusiastically continuing the programs and initiatives that are already in action. »

New administrators this school year include Osborne Elementary Principal Ben Canan and High School Vice Principal Dawn Hardman.

Canan, a former Fox Chapel Area Elementary Principal, also brings experience as the acting principal of the Mt. Lebanon School District, where he served as director of summer programs. He began his teaching career as a classroom teacher in the Moon Area School District.

Osborne Elementary School‘s outgoing principal, Aaron Rea, will become the Quaker Valley Curriculum Coordinator.

Hardman is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of North Allegheny High School and a standout football player at Washington and Jefferson College.

She was an AP US history teacher, student councilor, and MTSS coordinator at Waynesboro Area High School before coming to Quaker Valley.

“I am excited to join the Quaker Valley School District administrative team and work closely with faculty, staff, and students to achieve various academic goals and initiatives,” Hardman said. “I’m especially excited to learn about extracurricular activities and opportunities here at Quaker Valley.”

Vice-Principal Abigail Bator will become Quaker Valley High School’s new academic specialist.

In addition to the administrative changes, the cost of meals will return to pre-pandemic prices.

“Because the federal program providing free meals to all students during the pandemic has ended, we are returning to the same meal prices as previous years,” said Carla Escribano, district director of food and nutrition services. . “Breakfast is $1.50 and lunch is $3.05 for a standard meal or $3.75 for a premium meal.”

All families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced meals.

Families may also find that they are eligible for reduced costs for university testing and application fees. Families can apply at schoolcafe.com and will need to enter their students’ lunch PIN in the Student ID field.

District officials continue to work on a high school project in Leet. They offered site tours earlier this month.

“We are working on sharing schematic drawings of the new high school, which have been developed through many community conversations,” Andreyko said. “It’s exciting to watch the project grow as we work together to reimagine the future of Quaker Valley High School.”

District officials hoped the new school would be built and ready for students by the 2025-26 school year.

Those dreams have since been changed to have construction begin in 2025 and the doors to open in the fall of 2027.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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