DASD community invited to attend a virtual focus group on January 24

The Downingtown Area School District (DASD) is in the process of reviewing their communication initiatives and is seeking input from school personnel, parents and the community through a series of focus groups. Focus group participants will share their perceptions about the district as well as its communications strategy. Parents, staff and students have been invited to attend focus groups via the...

DASD Superintendent wins statewide recognition

Superintendent Emilie Lonardi, Ph.D. receives the PASA Award for Service to the Profession (Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jay Burkhart, PASA President; Steven Delisle, Sponsor: Horace Mann; Emilie M. Lonardi, Ph.D., Superintendent of Downingtown Area School District; Josh Winter, Sponsor: Horace Mann) DOWNINGTOWN — Not only does Downingtown Area School District have award-winning schools and award-winning...

DASD is visited by the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Merrill Reese

Philadelphia Eagles radio star, Merrill Reese, talks about mental health and diversity with DASD teachers and staff. DOWNINGTOWN — On November 2, Downingtown Area School District (DASD) was visited by famous Philadelphian, Merrill Reese, during its annual Learning Summit. Merrill Reese is the play-by-play radio host who has announced for the Philadelphia Eagles on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP-FM since 1977....

DASD Recognizes Indian Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Month this November

South Asian families provided lunch, complimentary henna tattoos and information about their culture to staff at Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center in celebration of Indian Heritage Month and Diwali. Downingtown Area School District (DASD), its Cultural Equity Task Force team and the school community at large continue to make a concerted effort to celebrate many of our nation’s month-long observances....

DASD Recognizes LGBT History Month and National Bullying Prevention Month

DOWNINGTOWN — Downingtown Area School District (DASD), its Cultural Equity Task Force team and the school community-at-large continue to make a concerted effort to celebrate many of our nation’s month-long observances. Once again, DASD is looking forward to the upcoming, district-wide programs and celebrations that are in store this year. This October, we highlight the celebration of LGBT History...

Rage machine wants to use ‘CRT’ to whitewash local, national history

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the Downingtown Area School District was a bit different than usual — the Fox News-driven Critical Race Theory (CRT) had parents with varying positions expressing their opinion deep into the evening. The problem is this: in Downingtown and every other school district in Chester County, not one teacher...

Chesco school districts poised to resume in-person classes

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Some Chester County school districts moved this week to bring students and teachers back into county classrooms as early as October — with one school district formally approving a plan this week to reopen school buildings next month. Meanwhile, school districts around the county approved a return to interscholastic sports practices this week and games...