School Board Meeting Highlights
John Vignone, Director of Business Administration, gave a presentation on the proposed 2020-2021 Budget. Due to last month's resolution, taxes can not exceed 2.6%, the Act 1 Index, next year. At this time, expenditures are exceeding revenues by about $5.8M. He stressed that the delta should come down over the next few months as social security and PSERS reimbursements come in from the state and bond recalls may yield some savings. The next budget discussion will take place during the day-long Budget Seminar on May 1. You can view tonight's presentation here. Other important dates:
May 19, 2020 – Proposed General Fund Budget Adoption
June 23, 2020 – Final General Fund Budget Adoption
The LCCC, LCTI and CLIU budgets were approved for the 2020-2021 school year with unanimous roll call votes.
Marie Maritch gave an update on Community Advisory Council which was about School Safety this past month. She said that Tony Naradko gave an insightful update and told them that last year alone, we had 840 tips reported through the Safe2Say Something program here in Parkland. About 10% were life safety tips, meaning police had to visit the home. Veterans Memorial is being designed with new safety guidelines. There are some new parameters in place to help identify mental health issues. Vaping paraphernalia was passed around to participants at the CAC meeting to educate those in attendance about the devices and how easy it is to hide them. Dr. Naradko said PHS is considering the purchase of vape sensors around the school.
Marie reported from the IU. The director sent out a highlights report that included the fact that they are starting a school leader webinar series on bully prevention. She also reported that IU created service projects for students to participate in such as making blankets for people in shelters and a winter clothing drive. The IU reported that work-based learning at about 30 sites in Carbon and Lehigh Counties give students exposure to employment opportunities.
Carol Facchiano gave the PSD Education Foundation report:
Here are the inductees for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor:
- Peter Jonathan Denitz (deceased),1972, AICP, PP, Vice President and Senior Technical Principal, WSP USA
- Vikas H. Joshi, 1990, Joshi Hotel Group, Founder/Owner
- The Honorable Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks,1998, Judge, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
- Lieutenant Colonel John Trombetta, 2000, Fighter Aircraft Experimental Test Pilot, US Air Force
- Captain Erin (Anthony) Williams, 2007, US Army; Instructor of Systems Engineering at West Point
The Foundation is currently accepting Parkland Staff grant applications at this link: https://form.jotform.com/200013922493143! The deadline is March 31st.
Save the Date - Gala May 20th, 2020 Muhlenberg college-
Get your tickets on the Foundation website. www.parklandsd.org/foundation
The Board thanked John Vignone for his detailed report.
Special Ed and Charter School funding reform - President Lisa Roth asked people to do whatever they can to drop legislators a phone call or email to help advocate for charter school funding reform and Special Education funding which is an important part of what we do. She stressed that we are looking for help from the state and federal government in funding.
The Job Fair is this Thursday, Feb 27, all day at PHS.