Parents demand Southeast Delco School District address fights, lockdowns and staffing issues at Academy Park High School

FOLCROFT, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A special board meeting was held Monday night in Sharon Hill, Delaware County to address recent staffing issues, struggles and suspensions at Academy Park High School.

“I have a senior and a sophomore at school. They both come home every day and talk about all the fights that are happening all the time,” said parent Courtney Rowan. “This is now our third special meeting for the Board of Directors here at (Southeast Delco). (I’m) excited for something to happen.”

“I don’t know what it takes. Is it going to take a dead student on your property for you all to actually make a move?” said another parent, Francesca Barley.

The parents say that the countless meetings are not getting them anywhere as they are demanding action from the board.

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“I think this was a meeting for another meeting where we’re going to have another meeting to have another meeting,” said Sharon Hill’s Michele McGowan. “I think they understand our passion, but we said this stuff at each of the emergency meetings. Now is the time to act.”

The district says they plan to hire two assistant principals to help with discipline and administrative presence. The district says it will also fix broken cameras and doors around the high school and hire a full-time security officer.

“I want you to know that there is someone who will take care of your children. We’re not all the same,” said board member Cynthia Woodfolk. “I’m afraid for your children. I’m afraid for the staff. I don’t want someone to come to our school and shoot them.”

Board members will raise additional concerns and discuss how to resolve them during a regularly scheduled board meeting Thursday at 8:00 p.m

Board members voted to move the meeting to Academy Park High School to provide more space for parents, teachers and staff.

“Tonight was needed and they said some things that made me feel a little better, which is that they have more security, but that’s just a small band-aid to the main issue. We’re understaffed, overwhelmed and our kids are underserved,” McGowan said.

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