Board pays trib­ute to Pa­tri­cia Lyons

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­cella Peyre-Ferry For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

PENN >> Near the close of their Sept. 22 meet­ing, the Avon Grove School Board mem­bers passed a res­o­lu­tion of trib­ute to the re­cently de­ceased board mem­ber Pa­tri­cia Lyons.

Lyons passed away on Sept. 2 at the age of 64. A long­time res­i­dent of the area, she was a grad­u­ate of the Avon Grove school dis­trict, and served on the school board for more than 18 years.

“It’s just a real tragedy that we lost her at such a young age,” board Pres­i­dent Bon­nie Wolff said.

The board has 30 days to fill a va­cancy, and so will be hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 to in­ter­view can­di­dates for the po­si­tion and prob­a­bly se­lect a re­place­ment for Lyons. Four ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived for the job.

The board also voted the in­tent to re­new the con­tract of Christo­pher Marcese for an ad­di­tional three to five years sub­ject to reach­ing terms of a new em­ploy­ment con­tract. “I am very ex­cited to con­tinue to serve the dis­trict,” March­ese said.

Un­der fa­cil­i­ties, the board voted to switch from oil heat to nat­u­ral gas for the Avon Grove el­e­men­tary schools cam­pus. The dis­trict ex­pects to see a sav­ings of ap­prox­i­mately $60,000 an­nu­ally, roughly a one-third re­duc­tion in heat­ing costs by mak­ing the change. There will be no upfront charge to the dis­trict for hav­ing the gas line in­stalled for ser­vice, but there will be a cost to con­vert the heat­ing sys­tem to gas. The dis­trict ex­pects to see that cost re­couped within two to three years.

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