School Board Meeting Highlights



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All motions were approved.


Budget Presentations

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute brought representatives to the Board meeting to present their 2016-17 Budget Proposals. The School Board will be asked to vote on them next week.

LCCC Budget

CLIU Budget

LCTI Budget

LCTI Budget Doc #2

Business Meeting

Sandi Gackenbach and Cheryll Kosar from the Parkland Education Association and Parkland Education Support Professionals Association made a presentation that honored Parkland School District for winning the Morning Call's Top Workplace Award and Richard Sniscak for winning the Top Leader Award. View the video here:

The Board approved the Parkland Summer Library Program, in the following elementary schools, to be continued for the summer of 2016. The program will run from June 21 through August 4, 2016. The schedule of library hours is as follows:

Cetronia, Wednesday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fogelsville, Wednesday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ironton, Tuesday

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Jaindl, Wednesday

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Kernsville, Tuesday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kratzer, Thursday

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Parkway Manor, Wednesday

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Schnecksville, Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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The Board congratulated Rich and the District on the Top Workplace and Leadership Awards. David Kennedy was present at the Awards Ceremony and said it was a proud moment for Parkland. He sent the staff a message of congratulations via email this week.

Lisa Roth mentioned that she loved reading at Cetronia for Read Across America this year which the NEA started in 1998 to create something that rallied kids around the subject of reading.

The Board commented about the current Budget Crisis. While state lawmakers play politics, our children and education continue to fall to the wayside. They expressed that they were disheartened that the impasses has gone on this long. Rich remarked that there are three entities being hurt by the impasse: districts, students and local taxpayers. In the longrun, we all suffer because the uncertainty is leading school districts and boards to raise taxes as high as possible in order to ensure that districts will be solvent in the future. He noted that the burden is put on School Boards, who don't collect a paycheck, and it is very frustrating. He also noted that Parkland is fortunate in that we have not had to curtail programs to survive the impasses. Parkland gets a small portion of funding from the state compared to many other districts in the Commonwealth.

Dave Kennedy thanked the entities for their budgets and for keeping the taxpayers in mind when they put it together.

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Next meeting: March 22, 2016 at 7 PM.