School Board Notes

November 2017

The Meetings in Review

District Assessment Report - 2017

    Dr. Mary Katona, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; and Tara Ricci, Supervisor of Professional Learning and Continuous Improvement; provided the Board with a detailed review of 2017 Keystone and PSSA test scores. The report, available on the district's website, addresses areas of need and highlights areas of strength in the district's performance on these state assessments. While there are areas for growth, Methacton continues to perform among the top of the county districts.

    Strategic Plan Update

    Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe presented the Board with an update on revisions to the plan that were determined as a result of administrative discussions during the summer months, as well as during the early part of the 2017-2018 school year. He also outlined major tasks associated with the plan's strategic objectives, and the major areas of focus for the current school year.

    Dr. Zerbe also explained that the revised plan documents will be made available on the district's website, along with his presentation. Looking ahead, strategic planning committee members will be invited to participate in the plan's mid-point review and revision planned for fall of 2018.

    Contract Negotiations

    Dr. Zerbe provided the public with an update on contract negotiations sharing that the Board has met as recently as November 20, 2017 with the Teamsters and planned discussions are to continue. He shared that the Methacton Educational Support Personnel Association group has not met with the Board for over a month largely awaiting outcome on potential healthcare changes potentially tied to a future Methacton Education Association (MEA) agreement. The Board has not met with the MEA in over a month and there are non-binding arbitration dates scheduled in late January. Dr. Zerbe shared that he has suggested that the MEA and the Board consider meeting in the meantime to work to close the gap in our differences.

    School Board Director Recognition

    The Board recognized outgoing directors Scott Dorn (2 years of service), Brenda Hackett (4 years of service), Herb Rothe (9 years of service), and Jim Phillips (9 years of service) for their enormous contributions to school and community during their service to the Board. Proclamations were presented to each member, with thanks and best wishes.

    All other items listed on the November 28 meeting agenda were approved; with the exception of items 9, e: Plan Con J; and 10, f: Change of Status – Administrative; which were tabled.

    Thanks Given to Simon's Fund

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    Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe and members of the Board gave thanks and recognition to Simon's Fund CEO Darren Sudman, and others who advocated to bring the organization to the district, and volunteered at the event held on October 28. Worcester Home and School President Amy Smith; Coordinator of Nursing, Cheryl Peiffer; and MHS Assistant Principal for Athletics and Activities, Dr. Paul Spiewak were present along with other district nurses and volunteers who helped during the event.

    More than 200 Methacton students aged 12-19 were screened during the free event offered by Simon's Fund.

    Junior School Board Representatives

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    This month's Junior School Board Directors are Eagleville fourth grade students Abigail Drummond and Tristan Skinner. Tristan opened the meeting and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Abigail spoke about why she loves being a student at Eagleville Elementary School!

    Above, clockwise left to right - School Board President Chris Boardman, Tristan Skinner, Abigail Drummond, Eagleville Principal Dr. Zanthia Reddish, and Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe.

    Methacton Award of Excellence

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    Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe invited Eagleville Principal Dr. Zanthia Reddish to share a few words on behalf of the November Award of Excellence recipients. The “Methacton Award of Excellence” represents an important gesture of thanks for the district's dedicated employees – a point of Methacton Pride.

    Eagleville Elementary School nurse Annette Cramer and instructional assistant Jen Smith were recognized in the month of November. Read more about Ms. Cramer and Ms. Smith, and other recipients of this award, on the district's website.

    Pictured above, left to right: School Board President Chris Boardman, Eagleville Principal Dr. Zanthia Reddish, Annette Cramer, Jen Smith, and Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe.

    November 21 School Board Work Session Meeting

    November 28 School Board Meeting

    Board Notes

    The Methacton School District's Board of School Directors meets each month. School board work session meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month, followed by the regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday (except during the month of December). Regular Board and work session meetings typically take place in the MHS LGI, and all residents are invited to attend. Committee meetings may take place in the Board Room at the Farina Center, or the MHS LGI. Meeting agendas are posted to agenda manager, and start times and locations are posted on the District's website. Please confirm meeting time and location before attending. Download the meeting calendar here. Watch the meeting video online.