School Board Meeting Highlights
Rob Avitabile, Project Manager, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. gave this update which includes many pictures and a financial slide that shows that the project is on budget. Rob reported that the project is slightly ahead of schedule and that open communication between the construction team and the District has been exceptionally strong.
The Morning Call recapped the presentation nicely here.
Social Emotional Learning Programs/MindUp Curriculum
Brenda DeRenzo, Director of Student Services, Parkland School District and Kelly Rosario, Director of Curriculum Instruction and Professional Development, Parkland School District gave this update.
WFMZ News recapped the presentation in an article here.
The Parkland School Board approved a resolution supporting Statewide Cyber Charter School Funding Reform urging its elected officials to correct the tuition for cyber charter schools so that it is based on the actual costs of educating students and relieves the financial burden currently placed on taxpayers. Read the full resolution.
The Board approved an update to the 2018-2019 district calendar. The last day of school for students and teachers will be June 14th. This day will be run as a normal shortened last day of school. Students and teachers will not report on Monday, June 17th (which was initially slated to be a weather make-up day).
Ga Young Lee gave the student representative report.
David Kennedy gave this LCCC report.
David Hein gave the LCTI JOC report.
Bob Bold was appointed the new Parkland School Board representative on the Parkland Library Board of Directors. He is taking over the tenure of Rob Cohen who resigned from the position.
Carol Facchiano reported that the Education Foundation Gala will take place on May 22 at Muhlenberg College. New this year, people will be able to bid on auction items online. A catalog will be available prior to the event. She reported that the auction prizes are already valued at over $32,000 with many "priceless" items such as student artwork, front row seats to a graduation ceremony of choice, and a year-long parking space at Parkland High School.
Linda Perlman- McKenna reported on the Community Advisory Council meeting which focused on the Family and Consumer Science Curriculum. There will be one more meeting in May to discuss topics for next school year.
Rob Cohen, Marie Maritch and Lisa Roth did not approved cyber charter school payments which are mandated by the state.
The School Board commented that Curtains, the PHS musical, was an amazing show this past week. Congrats to the cast, crew and pit orchestra. The Social Emotional Learning presentation this evening was very much appreciated and supported by the School Board. School Board members who attended the national conference in Philadelphia appreciated the opportunity. It was mentioned that the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education sent the District a nice letter for being recognized as a top school district for music education by the NAMM Foundation this month.