School Board Meeting Highlights
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All motions were approved.
CLIU #21 Work Based Learning Program Presentation
Angie Patterson, Secondary Special Education Coordinator and Melissa Johnson and Traci Kinney from the Carbon Lehigh County Intermediate Unit outlined a Work Based Learning Program that students with special needs participate in. Last year, they worked with 150 Businesses and 180 students who were engaged in work environments that allowed students to practice job skills and build confidence for future employment and help build independence. The Board heard from several students who had unique job experiences. All three stated that they are confident to work and realize that the program has helped them prepare for the future. A parent also expressed thanks for the program which helped her son’s confidence soar.
School Performance Profile (SPP) Scores
Marge Evans, Coordinator of Data Assessment and Federal Programs, gave an overview of the Parkland Schools’ School Performance Profile Scores which were issued by the PA Department of Education and include state test score results aggregated with growth information and other factors such as attendance rates, graduation rates, SAT scores, and more. Her presentation can be found here.
2015-16 Budget Presentation
John Vignone, Director of Business Administration, gave a 2015-16 Budget Presentation update which included a timeline for the planning process and can be found here.
Jamie Giaquinto, Principal of Cetronia Elementary, opened the meeting by talking about what the vision statement, Educating for Success, Inspiring Excellence means to him which included a list of ingredients for helping to inspire our youngest students to be the best they can be.
Student Recognition - National Merit® Scholarship Program
The following ten Parkland High School students were recognized as Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program: Saagar Asnani, Alexandra Botzum, Aubrey Gavin, Faye Ko, Christopher Lo, Jennifer Ondrey, Liam Power, Meghna Rajaboina, Akshaj Venugopal, and Daniel Wang. These scholastically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, offered next spring.
Eighteen Parkland students were named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Anthony Coates, James Franke, Aditya Govande, Sonali Govande, Matthew Kiser, Matthew Latshaw, Benjamin Martin, Aleia Mouchref, Ryan Muller, Michael Nicholls, Meehan Rahman, Claire Reitz, Jessica Rocchino, Amal Saeed, Christopher Tarantino, Jacob Wilkinson, Benjamin Zager, and David Zahn. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Approval of Artificial Turf for the Soccer/Track Stadium
The Board approved the administration to proceed with all steps necessary for the installation of an artificial surface for the soccer/sports field located at the high school including but not limited to preparing documents, soliciting bids and contracting for construction management, engineering, design and other professional services as needed. The plan is for turf to be installed during summer 2015 and it will be lined for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer. Click here for key points highlighting the Administration's decision to recommend the turf installation project.
The School Board thanked the evening's presenters for their workshop reports. Everyone congratulated the National Merit winners who were recognized. They also wished the staff, students and residents a Happy Thanksgiving.
School Board members commented on the TAKE A STAND rally for bully prevention that was held at PHS for the middle schoolers across the district. They were proud of the level of respect between students, teachers, the guest speaker, and the band that day as almost 2,500 people filled the gym. They also commented on the Children's Show, Aladdin Jr., which was performed last weekend citing that it was an impressive production and enjoyed by many families. Congratulations were sent out to the girls' volleyball team who won the State Championship on Saturday. A Streak Challenge for a Parkland family battling both breast cancer and pancreatic cancer was held on Tuesday night and many commented on the enthusiastic community support that make people proud to live here. President Roberta Marcus reminded everyone that this week is American Education Week, which is celebrating 93 years of public education and honors teachers, parents and community members who help students succeed. Finally, the Board thanked Jaindl Elementary for putting on a wonderful Veterans Day Program that honored more than 100 local veterans. Mr. Sniscak commented that we were able to see and hear from the least able and most able students during the board meeting presentations noting that it serves as a reminder that we strive to have every student reach their fullest potential.