Fairless to have new elementary reading program

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Fairless Board of Education

March 21 meeting

KEY ACTION: The board entered into an agreement with the 95 Group for new phonics curriculum at an approximate cost of $33,000.

DISCUSSION: District Curriculum Director Julie Weyandt explained the updated reading program for elementary students.

In another matter, several people approached the board about transportation to extracurricular events with a shortage of bus drivers. Superintendent Broc Bidlack said the district is encouraging coaches and individuals to get a commercial driver's license so they can drive a van or bus for extracurriculars.

“We wanted to explain to those attending the meeting what we wanted to accomplish so the students had transportation,” Bidlack said.


  • Approved administrative contracts effective Aug. 1 to the following; Jamie Askren, two-year, special education director; Cynthia Class, three-year, middle school principal; Tamara Bixler-Zalesinsky, three-year high school assistant principal; Valerie Wiles, three-year, transportation and facilities director.

  • Approved Laura Johnson to serve as middle school/high school summer school director at a rate of $3,500.

  • Approved contracts with Vasco Asphalt Company to install two catch basins at the two entrances to Fairless Middle School at a cost of $15,977, fill and seal cracks in the parking lots at Fairless Middle School at a cost of $15,357 and fill and seal cracks at Fairless Elementary at a cost of $26,387.

  • Agreed to proceed with the proposed settlement of the multi-district JULL litigation. The district will receive funds from the settlement. At this time no amount for the funds have been issued.


The last day for students will be May 19. The date was moved up a week so teachers and administrators can move items into the new 9-12 school building.

UP NEXT: Meets at 6:15 p.m. April 18 at 11885 Navarre Road, Brewster.

Barb Limbacher

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Fairless updating elementary reading program, discusses bus drivers