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Special Ed Specialist May Return To ‘Grove

POTTSTOWN PA – Dr. Sylvia Sanfillipo-Cohn, who was hired by the Pottsgrove School District as its interim director of pupil services during a portion of 2014 while the administration searched for a full-time successor in that position, apparently has been asked to work as an non-employee specialist contractor to the district’s Special Education Gifted Services program.

Approval of an independent contractor agreement for Sanfillipo-Cohn is on the agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016) workshop meeting of the Board of School Directors. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public, and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the district offices on Kauffman Road.

A copy of the agenda is available for download from the district website, here.

Two years ago, Sanfillipo-Cohn stepped in to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of long-time Pupil Services Director Ann Myers. Sanfillipo-Cohn supervised Pottsgrove’s special education program for about two months, until current Director Dr. Maura Roberts was appointed to the job.

Tonight’s agenda identifies the district “gifted plan” as the only item under the report of Superintendent Shellie Feola that requires immediate action. A similar item, labeled “Gifted Concerns and Recommendations,” appeared on the board’s Feb. 17 meeting agenda but was postponed. Details of the gifted concerns and how, if at all, retaining Sanfillipo-Cohn as a contractor might apply to them appears to be a topic for board discussion.

The contractor agreement would pay Sanfillipo-Cohn up to $22,000 over an unspecified time period, according to the agenda.

A 2014 Pottsgrove press release described her as the former principal in a private special needs school, assistant pupil services director at Lower Merion School District, and director of pupil services and special education at the Springfield Township School District until her retirement in 2012. She also worked in the Upper Merion School District as its interim director of pupil services.

Also, according to the agenda, the board is scheduled to:

  • Review the 2016-2017 district calendar;
  • Hear an update on the high school renovation progress; and
  • Conduct an executive session following its meeting regarding labor negotiations.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Feb. 23 meeting):

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