School Board Meeting Highlights
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All motions were approved.
OMS student Skylar Gadue led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Student and Staff Recognition
Band teacher Jim Tully spoke about the NAMM Award which Parkland High School received as a "Best Community For Music Education.". Parkland was one of only 388 school districts in the country to receive this designation this year.
Coach Erik Steiner introduced the Powerlifting Team who won 1st place at States: Anthony Mallia, Collin Watson, Tyler Dupre, Christian Blangger, Will Kroboth, Nick Palopoli, Liam Maxwell, Jake Puia, Mason Malozzi, James Gallagher, Alex Reede, Liam Gallagher, Matt Atiyeh, Zack Davies, Theo Evangelou, Alex Van Woert, Ben Geinosky, Nate Wieder, Jake Williams, Marios Delis, Zack Bauer, Amir Wallace, Jahan Worth, Andrew Parry, Andrew Bennett, Brody Boyer, Noel Brousse, and Patrick Ferry - Coaches are Erik Steiner, Paul Hagadus, Chris Kinane, Tim Moncman, Matt Hagelgans - Student Assistants are Steve Fehr and Dan Geinosky
OMS teacher Tiffany Houser recognized the Middle School K’Nex STEM Challenge students who won 2nd place at the State Final: Pierce Bell, Luke Gutman, Prathysha Kothare, and Blake Ziegler. The team showcased their award-winning project.
K'nex STEM Challenge Winning Project
Roundtable and Reports
Everyone congratulated Damian Goodman who was appointed Elementary Dean of Students after serving in the district as a teacher. Rich Sniscak and the School Board commented on all of the wonderful student recognitions that were enjoyed by all this evening.
Bob Bold gave a Foundation update as follows:
Kate Kareha has been hired as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Kate is a 2003 graduate of Parkland. She recently moved back to the area after spending much of her career in Philadelphia where she served as a Programs & Events Manager for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a Special Events Manager in the University of the Arts Development Office. She is a graduate of Duquesne University.
The Gala was a huge success garnering about $80,000 in net profits for the Foundation. A special thanks go out to the many sponsors who supported the event!
There is an online auction occurring NOW to benefit the Foundation. Items consists of a AAA $1000 gift certificate with luggage set, tickets to the Phillies and Pocono Raceway, gift cards, and more. Hurry – the auction closes this Friday, May 29th and can be viewed at www.32auctions.com/psd2015
Once again, the Foundation will be offering tribute cards that will allow parents to thank a staff member with a gift to the Foundation at the end of the school year.
David Kennedy gave a Safe and Drug Free Schools report. He stated that the Suicide Prevention Act will mandate all schools to be trained on Suicide Prevention materials. Several elementary schools will receive updates to their vestibules this summer to improve security measures. District-wide, all adults picking up students from schools will need to show identification starting at the start of next school year. Chris Heren provided an assembly to PHS about drug abuse that was very powerful. He was paid by a grant that PHS won in the fall for pledging to drive safely. New bus cameras will be installed on all school buses this summer and they will include audio. A new bus app is being developed that will allow parents to see within how many minutes the bus is from its stop.
Mrs. Marcus closed the meeting by thanking the entire community for their support and wished every success to the administrators and students for a great close to the school year.