School Board Meeting Highlights

4-16-14

Agenda:


For a complete agenda, please visit us at:http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/Public
All motions were approved.


Workshop Meeting

Technology and Blended Learning Update

An update on how teachers across the district are utilizing technology to develop individualized education plans for every student was given by Mrs. Tracy Smith, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations, Rob Thornburg, Director of Student Services, Tom Cierlitsky, Manager of Network Operations, Beth Breiner, Coordinator of Educational Technology, and Kelly Rosario, Director of Curriculum Instruction and Professional Development. A copy of their presentation can be viewed here:

http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/files/9J8QFR6653CB/$file/April%2016%20Board%20Workshop%20Presentation%20-%20modified%204-16-14.pptx

Business Meeting

Rich Sniscak, Superintendent, read the mission statement at the opening of the meeting, Educating for Success, Inspiring Excellence. He noted that staff strive to provide measurable goals for success, strive to inspire students to want to do something better and that excellence should lead our actions.



In noting Joanne Hartranfts retirement after 61 years of employment in the district, Rich Sniscak made remarks that Joanne is the consummate professional. A full press release can be found here and Joanne will be recognized publicly at the board meeting on April 22, 2014. http://www.parklandsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Joanne-Hartranft.pdf

A new girls’ tennis coach was named, Michael Hingston. A full release can be read here: http://www.parklandsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Michael-Hingston.pdf



Charter School Reform Resolution

The Board approved this resolution:

http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/files/9J2KH64FA5CA/$file/Resolution%20Senate%20Bill%201805%20Charter%20School%20Reform.pdf

Round Table

Michael Falco, student rep to the board, announced he will attend George Washington University and study political communications. Everyone congratulated Michael and the entire PHS Spring Musical cast, crew and pit of the Wizard of Oz for their participation in a great SOLD OUT performance (7,000+ tickets!). Rich thanked Kelly, Rob, Tracy, Beth and Tom for the workshop presentation. Many commented on Joanne’s retirement and wished her well.


Roberta Marcus read the press release regarding a 10-acre parcel of land that the District purchased in late March. The parcel sits just behind the OMS bus garage and football stadium To read the full release, click here.


John Vignone, Director of Business Administration, announced that the District’s Bond rating was reaffirmed this morning as AA by Standard and Poors, which will help save us dollars in the future. It was also noted that not many school districts have this strong rating and that we should be proud of this because it showcases our district as one that is fiscally responsible.


Next meeting: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7 PM.