School Board Meeting Highlights
For a complete agenda, please visit us at:http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/Public
All motions were approved.
State Softball Champions!
State Softball Team Champions Recognition
The board recognized the award winning state softball team who won under the leadership of Coach Barry Search. The team includes:
Head Coach: Barry Search
Asst. Coaches: Barry Williams, Blake Morgan, Brittney Frederick ,Eric Kutteroff, Ed Stinner and Kate Morgan
Kasey Kocher: Manager
Where's My Bus Application Presentation
Peter Balestrini, Senior Program Manager, Computer Aid, Inc. And Mr. Tony Naradko, Assistant Director of School Services for Transportation and Safety made a presentation about a new application that Computer Aid has developed which includes a real-time tracking capability so that our transportation office will know the exact location, route and speed and stops of all Parkland buses at any time. It is a hosted web application that is accessible 24x7 from any device. A parent app is in development and will inform parents how many minutes away their child's bus is from their stop. If the bus goes off route, it will send an alert to the district. The app will alert parents when bus is 5 minutes from the stop.
Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Re-Elected
Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent, and Rodney R. Troutman, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, were re-elected in their positions for a term of five years commencing on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. To read the press release, click here.
Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Parkland Education Support Professionals Association
A one-year extension of the original term was approved making the term pot the amended agreement July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017. To read the press release, click here.
Pennsylvania School Boards Association Presentation
Mr. Nathan Mains, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association Presentation, talked about a new grant review system and Career Gateway which allows people to search for jobs in PA Schools. They have noticed that all 50 states are using the system and the majority of school districts are using it to post positions. He also spoke about early conference registration and what people can expect to see at the fall conference. He thanked Parkland for Master School Board Director/Board President's Roberta Marcus's contributions to the organization as a contributing writer, and chairing several committees as well as serving as a Past President. They will be launching a campaign that promotes the benefits of public education in January. Access to learning modules on the web site allows board members to participate in professional development anywhere at anytime.
Roundtable and Reports
Foundation Report - The Foundation is launching a donor wall plaque that will allow gifts made of $500 or more to be recognized in the new turf soccer/track/field hockey/lacrosse stadium behind PHS. To learn more, click here.
The Board wished everyone good luck for the start of another wonderful school year. They congratulated Rich and Rod and expressed their appreciation for their leadership and for putting forth so much heart and effort into this District. Roberta Marcus stated that there are not two finer gentlemen who could run this District any better.
Rich thanked everyone for their support and noted that he and Rod started working at Parkland together 21 years ago. He looks forward to the next six with the same enthusiasm and passion as the last 21. Rod echoed these sentiments noting that this is a terrific district with a great board, staff, students and community.