Wrestlers of high academic achievement introduced at school board meeting

Milford. Also at the meeting, school board president Jack Fisher said there would be no vote on the high school library. “We do not ban books,” he said.

| 23 Mar 2022 | 06:31

Three outstanding wrestlers of high academic achievement were introduced at Delaware Valley’s March 17 school board meeting.

Landon Machado, Zac Jacaruso, and Aiden Black attended the meeting with their coach, Lou DeLauro.

● Landon Machado was a fourth-place finisher at 106 pounds for PIAA District II as well as the PIAA AAA Northeast Regional. Landon’s GPA is 2.9.

● Zac Jacaruso, a junior, earned the title of PIAA Wrestling State Champion in the 113-pound weight class Saturday, March 12, at Hershey’s Giant Center. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 in the nation. Zac’s GPA is 3.6.

● Aiden Black, a heavyweight wrestler, was a second-place finisher for the PIAA District II and a third-place finisher at the PIAA AAA Northeast Regional. Aiden’s GPA is 3.8.

Coach DeLauro said Aiden and Zac are being courted by colleges. He gets calls from colleges who want to recruit these outstanding wrestlers. Aiden is also being recruited for football.

Also at the meeting, the school board shortened the Covid quarantine time for close contacts to five days.

The school board president also said there would be no vote on the high school library (see sidebar).

School board president Jack Fisher said there would be no vote on the high school library. “We do not ban books,” he said.
Superintendent Dr. John Bell told the Courier that the high school library had not had a librarian for approximately three to four years.
At a recent meeting, Chris Lordi, director of human resources, said a special education teacher was needed, so no librarian was hired to replace the one who had retired.
Following the meeting, Dr. Brian Blaum, director of secondary education, told the Courier in an email:
“In 2018-2019, we made the decision to reimagine our traditional library into a learning space more similar to what we have seen on college campuses across the country. We began calling this space the Learning Commons. This included creating space for flexible furniture, an area to eat or have beverages, areas with erasable tabletops, new computers, and access to Wi-Fi. When our longtime librarian retired in 2020, we began looking for a replacement with the skills to match our vision for the new area, as well as manage our book collection. This did not necessitate finding someone with a teaching certificate. Today, our space is accessed by students before, during, and after school and more teachers are using the area with their classes than ever before. The Learning Commons is currently managed by a full-time employee who has tremendous interpersonal skills and has created a welcoming environment for everyone who enters. She is doing a great job and we have had no issues with the facilitation of space or distribution of the literary collection.”