March, 2014..................................Volume 1, No. 8
The Meeting in Review
Commencement exercises for the MHS Class of 2014 are planned for June 12th with a rain date of June 13th. A location has not yet been determined, but combined results of a survey conducted of both the seniors and their families were in favor of an outdoor commencement at North Penn High School. A determination on the location for commencement will be forthcoming. Dr. Zerbe recommended that the Board pause on the awarding of bids for the fields project in order to allow for further detailed analysis. This recommendation will affect the construction timeline, and the previously estimated groundbreaking date of April 15.
In discussing his recommendation, Dr. Zerbe explained that the renovation of the high school fields remains a priority, but must be done right in order to accomplish goals related to safety, playability, and security while respecting the district's fiscal responsibilities.
Contingent upon review of the agreement by the district's solicitor, the Board approved a contract with The NCS Group Ltd. of Camp Hill, Pa. The NCS Group will act as a consultant to the district as it embarks upon a capital campaign in the coming months.
Interim Director of Pupil Services, Dr. Michael Murphy, made a brief presentation to the Board outlining the district's Special Education Comprehensive Plan. The plan spans the time period between July of 2014 through June of 2017; it is available for review on the website.
Other items of note on the agenda include the approval of the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year and the tentative agreement with MESPA. Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel, Robert Harney, presented an overview of the MESPA agreement during the work session meeting.
All other items on the March 25th agenda were approved, with the exception of items 9.7 - Bid Award-Field Project and 9.8 - Construction/Owner's Representative.
Also during the work session meeting, Director of Business Services, Stuart Whiteleather, presented the Board with an overview of 2014-2015 budget with updated revenues.
During the March 4 special meeting, the Board authorized the issuance of the Methacton School District's General Obligation Note, Series of 2014 in the principal amount of $5,500,000 for the purpose of funding various capital projects, including improvements to the school district's athletic facilities. Dr. Zerbe and Project Architect David Horn presented the Board with a broad overview of the bid alternate options.
Action items on the March 4 agenda, including the retroactive approval for the boys track and field team trip to Penn State University for the state track championships, were approved.