The Central Bucks Board Note
June 2019 ~ Vol. 1, No. 9
Congratulations CBSD Science Researchers!
The board recognized the students who participated in the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center program. This partnership between the center and Central Bucks School District enabled the students participate in an intership program at the center, engaging in real-world science research with mentors and researchers.
Each day, fifteen students (five from each CBSD high school) were transported to the center where they took AP chemistry on site and engaged in an internship that lasted several months. Student participants then entered individual research projects into STEM competitions, where they performed remarkably well. Read more about these amazing projects and their success in the presentation shown at the meeting.
Under the direction of at least a dozen teachers representing science, mathematics, and technology education departments, some of these student researchers started work as early as May 2018, devoting months of time and energy to answering questions, solving problems, and investigating natural phenomena.
Each recognized student's name, research, and recognition is listed in the presentation.
The board also acknowledged Walker Anderson, a senior STEM research club member at CB West, who was named a Top 300 Scholar in the nationwide Regeneron Talent Search Competition, earning $2,000 for himself and $2,000 for club.
Picured above, left to right, Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki, Board President Glen Schloeffel, CB West Science Department Coordinator and STEM Research Club Advisor Mark Hayden, and Walker Anderson.
Walker was one of only four students in Pennsylvania to earn this honor. Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki described Walker's amazing accomplishments, "This was a fitting end to a very successful high school career for Walker. In his senior year alone, his accomplishments include acceptance into MIT, first place in the under 18 category and sixth place overall at the World Puzzle Championship in Prague while competing with the U.S. team, the Reuben Shaw Memorial Award: Delaware Valley Science Council, top five award at the Research Science Institute Program; and an invitation to attend and present at the 33rd Bellairs Winter Workshop on Computational Geometry in Barbados, as well as the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana."
Honoring Those Who Serve
The board and Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki presented certificates of recognition to the Central Bucks high school students who are or will be serving in the United States military following graduation. The students represented all branches of the armed forces, and were accompanied by military recruiters and representatives of local veterans' organizations who took time to attend the meeting.
"Along with their families, these young men and women have made an enormous commitment to our nation, and it is our pleasure to welcome them here tonight and present them with a certificate as a small token of our gratitude and respect," Dr. Kopicki said, "Your teachers, your school board, your principals, your families, and the entire Central Bucks community – we are all incredibly proud of you."
The names of students who were recognized are listed below along with their specific branch, program, or commission.
CB South Students
- Brandon James Beaudet, Combat Engineer/Marines
- Jonathan M. Boone, Army/National Guard
- Elizabeth Durr, Combat Medic/Army/National Guard
- Charles Richard Curtis III, Carpentry and Masonry/ Army/National Guard
- Spencer Kauffman, Nuclear/Navy
- Ryan William Kelly, Combat Engineer/Marines
- Tiffany Kroliczak, Army
- Michael John Lasalle, Army
- Lauren Kelly Lassin, Army ROTC LaSalle University/Army
- Reilly William Leonard, Signal Support Specialist/Army
- Dennis Loverdi, Air Force Cadet/Norwich College Vermont/Criminal Justice Major
- Joseph John MacClay Jr., Merchant Marine Academy
- Riley Joseph Marquart, Air Force
- Shane Conner Norris, Army
- Michael Robert Tscheschlog, Marines
- Ivan Villa-Jacobo, Army
CB East Students
- Anna Bound, Army ROTC at Univ. of CA Santa Barbara
- Joe Cohen, Marines
- Jacob Jackson, Navy
- Robert Kerns, Air Force
- Sean Lahetta, Navy
- Faith Iris MacIlvaine, Air Force
- William Rossman, Navy
- Logan Rott, ROTC at Elon University
- Jacob Schaeffer, Air Force
- David Schmidt, Navy
- Jarrett Bowman, Air Force ROTC at Bloomsburg University
- Peter Simon, Army ROTC at Moravian College
CB West Students
- Devin Crowley, US Military Academy
- Sean Cotton, US Merchant Marine Academy
- Tyler Dalzell, US Air Force Academy
- Connor Garrison, Army ROTC at Susquehanna University
- Maya Malik, Navy
- Michael Romesburg, Army
Final 2019-2020 Budget Approved with No Tax Increase
Balanced at $342,248,613 without a need to increase the real estate millage rate; the board approved the 2019-2020 general fund budget on June 11. The budget supports the district's goals and objectives relative to technology, capital planning, staff development, and most importantly, a continued commitment to educational excellence - meeting every Central Bucks student's educational, social, and emotional needs.
The board approved three resolutions, including adoption of the final general fund budget, approval of a homestead/farmstead property tax relief resolution, and adoption of the tax levy resolution.
Contractual salary increases, benefits, and an investment in the new elementary math resource, Math in Focus, are significant contributing factors in the 1.7% increase in expenditures over 2018-2019. These expenses have been partially offset by declining principal and interest payments on the district's debt as a result of the $30 million debt defeasance approved by the board.
This represents the fifth straight year (and the sixth out of the last seven) that the board approved a balanced budget with no property tax increase.
Review documentation and budget presentations on the district's website here.
CBSD Administrative Team Members Welcome New Faces, Embrace New Roles
Two new adminstrators were welcomed while two current Central Bucks administrators will take on new roles following action by the board in June.
Allison Kuchler, who has served as a member of the district's special education leadership team since 2016 will begin service as the district's director of special education on July 1.
As a supervisor of special education, Ms. Kuchler oversaw K-12 life skills support, K-12 regional learning support, and 7-12 autistic support for students who take the PSSA/Keystone Exams. In January 2019, Allison became the building-wide supervisor of special education for Lenape Middle School and CB West High School.
"I am humbled and honored to have been chosen as the next director of special education in Central Bucks School District," Ms. Kuchler said, "I look forward to working with a great team and continuing my service in the field of special education on such a large scale."
Rachel Murray joins the district's team as a supervisor of special education. Ms. Murray comes to Central Bucks from Centennial School District, where she has served as a supervisor of special education. Her prior experience includes work at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, where she served as a teacher and program coordinator for children with autism.
Pictured above, left to right, Allison Kuchler and Rachel Murray.
Bridget Pustay will transition to a new role as principal of Titus Elementary School on July 1, following the departure of Dr. Steve Cashman. Ms. Pustay has served the students of Central Bucks since 2004, having served as a teacher, and most recently, assistant principal of CB South, a role she has held since 2015.
Justin Rubenstein will assume the role of assistant principal at CB West High School. Mr. Rubenstein comes to Central Bucks from the Bensalem Township District, where he serves as a school psychologist.
Pictured above, left to right, Bridget Pustay and Justin Rubenstein.
Pennies Add Up!
Funds will go to support research and help ensure patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers can access lifesaving treatments.
Pictured above, left to right: Titus Principal Dr. Steve Cashman, Mill Creek Principal Shawn Ortman, Hanna Reagan, School Board Vice President Karen Smith, and Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki.
- Amanda Wood, Aramark's food services director at Central Bucks, presented a food services department update including information on new menu offerings, wellness programs, and other innovations in district kitchens and cafeterias.
- The board approved the engagement of an architect to design an addition to Barclay Elementary School.
- The board approved a proposal from Musco Sports Lighting for lighting upgrades in Patriot Stadium at CB East High School.
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