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Chester UFSD School Reopening Committee

Purpose of Committee

The purpose of the Chester UFSD Reopening Committee is to provide guidance and assistance to the school district as administration develops plans for the safe return of students and staff to school and work when it is determined by state and local health and educational authorities that schools may reopen following the forced closure of schools due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.


Meeting Dates 

June 19, 2020

June 5, 2020

May 15, 2020


Meeting Summaries

June 19, 2020 (CLICK HERE)

June 5, 2020 (Coming Soon)

May 15, 2020 (CLICK HERE)


Committee Membership

Member                              Group  

Denis Petrilak                    Chester UFSD Superintendent of Schools

Frank Sambets                  President of CUFSD Board of Education

Sandra Nagler                    Board of Education, Vice President

Rolando Aguilar                Chester Academy Assistant Principal & Athletics Director

Elise Boyle-Biagini            Chester Elementary School Teacher

Erin Brennan                      Chester UFSD Business Official

Bridget Kaseta                   Chester Elementary School PTA President

Lisa Edwards                      Chester Academy High School Teacher

Caroline Farrell                  Chester Academy High School Student  

John Flanagan                    Chester Academy Principal

James Frees                       Chester UFSD Director of Facilities

Patricia Goodrich             Chester Academy Guidance Department Assistant

Julie Miller-Cruz                Chester Academy PTSA President

Rachel Loftus                     Chester UFSD Director of Student Services

Mary Mulvihill                   Chester Academy School Nurse

Catherine O’Hara             Chester Elementary School Principal

Edward Spence                 Chester UFSD Director of Curriculum and Technology

Michele Thompson         Chester Academy Teacher

Joanne Valastro                Chester UFSD Assistant to the Superintendent

Hank Werte                        Principal of Chester Satellite (OU BOCES)



Sub Committees

  • Medical, Health, & Safety
  • Social & Emotional Well-Being
  • Educational Programs (including Special Education, and ENL)
  • Extracurricular
  • Operations
  • Technology