School Board Notes

August 2016

The Meetings in Review

Transportation Improvement Planning Update

During the August 16 work session meeting of the Board, district transportation consultant Robert Schoch presented an update to his transportation improvement plan.

Mr. Schoch reported that he has met with the transportation committee comprised of staff, administrators, First Student representatives, and parents. He commented that the committee’s input has been valuable and is part of why we are making good progress. While he shared that there remains much work ahead in preparing for the start of school, many senior First Student drivers have come forward to help test routes and offer input as well.

The voting meeting on August 23, 2016 witnessed the Board approving bus stops for the coming school year along with a parameters resolution. It was shared that there have been many bus route, bus number, and pick up time changes for the 2016-2017 school term, made with an eye on efficiency and rider experience. These changes will result in an average reduction in overall drive time for students of approximately 20%. Dr. Zerbe thanked First Student and the drivers for their assistance and cooperation.

Staffing Update

The August 23 regular meeting agenda notes a number of teacher movements and reassignments, as the district moves toward becoming fully staffed for the new school year. During the work session meeting, Dr. Katona spoke to the addition of seven instructional aides who will provide targeted support in math and English language arts instruction at Arcola, Woodland, and Eagleville. An increase of $223,400 in Federal Title 1 Funds received by the district provided a perfect opportunity for Methacton to leverage the additional instructional aides to best support students and teachers at schools that qualify to receive funding through the Federal Title 1 program.

Opening Day

Dr. Zerbe recognized all the hard work of the support and administrative staff this summer while also recognizing that many teachers have been in throughout the summer working on curriculum and other preparatory matters for the start of school on September 6, 2016. He mentioned that he will be welcoming all district staff back at the in-service scheduled for August 30. Dr. Zerbe also stated that he looks forward to the start of the 2016-2017 school year as he brings our teachers, staff, administration, and the community together to support the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of our students.

All items listed on the August 23 agenda were approved. Of particular note, the 2016-2017 school handbooks were approved by the board and will be added to the district's website for parent and student review.

August 16 Board Work Session Meeting

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August 23 Regular School Board Meeting


Board Notes

The Methacton School District's Board of School Directors meets each month. School board work session meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month, followed by the regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday (except during the month of December). Regular Board and work session meetings typically take place in the MHS LGI, and all residents are invited to attend. Committee meetings may take place in the Board Room at the Farina Center, or the MHS LGI. Meeting agendas are posted to agenda manager, and start times and locations are posted on the District's website. Please confirm meeting time and location before attending. Download the meeting calendar here. Watch the meeting video online.