School Board Notes

October 2021

Award of Excellence

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Methacton’s Award of Excellence honorees for October 2021 represent Arcola Intermediate School. They are: Kelly Ames, Health/PE Teacher; Tara Cantello, Science Teacher; Joni Cosgriff, School Nurse; Aimee Holtz, Instructional Assistant; Jennine McFate, Instructional Assistant; and, Aimee Stratton, Office Assistant.

All of these outstanding staff members provide support for students, staff, and our community. They are valuable team members and we are pleased to share with everyone how much we appreciate their commitment to the students of the Methacton School District.

M Awards

More than 250 Arcola Intermediate School students have earned "M" Awards for Academic Excellence for the 2020-2021 school year. These students have achieved a 93% or greater grade point average. Mr. Michael Bourdreau, Arcola Principal, made the announcement at the October 26, 2021 Meeting of the Board of School Directors. Click here to view the list of M Award recipients.

Jr. Board Representatives

A very special thank you to Ocean Yarn and Elias Oladunmoye for representing Arcola Intermediate School as Junior Board Representatives for October 2021. Ocean led the meeting by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Elias delivered a statement on what makes Arcola such a special school.

Meetings in Review

Substitute Update

Dr. Jason Sorgini, Director of Human Resources, presented a plan to address several long term and day-to-day substitute challenges within the district. He outlined the fact that Methacton, similar to most school districts in the Commonwealth, is challenged with finding qualified substitute teachers. The challenge has been trending for the last 6 to 8 years and is now exasperated due to labor shortages, certification shortages and general health concerns given fears of COVID-19.

It is of primary concern that the total number of teaching certifications issued annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education has fallen to approximately one-third of the certifications issued just 10 years ago. This limits the pool size of available candidates for substitute and permanent positions. In order to address the shortages, the district has been looking at a number options including the utilization of existing staff for coverages where appropriate, utilizing the Substitute Teacher Service (STS) to locate and assign substitutes, and instituting another round of Guest Teacher Program training.

Specifically, Dr. Sorgini presented that it currently takes 45 days for long-term substitutes to reach a $249.54 per day rate. This is the daily rate that takes into consideration all extra duties required of a long-term substitute including lesson planning, grading and parent communication. Dr. Sorgini believes that shortening the time to reach the top rate from 45 days to 4 days will help attract more certified professionals to Methacton.

Eagleville and Arrowhead Construction Updates

Fidevia provided the Board with an update on the construction projects at Arrowhead Elementary School and Eagleville Elementary School. Click here to read the October progress report for both projects. You can also keep up with the latest on the Arrowhead construction project by visiting and the Eagleville construction project by visiting

All other items listed in the October 26, 2021 agenda were approved.

October 26, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

October 26, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board

October 19, 2021 Work Session Meeting of the Board

October 19, 2021 Work Session of the Board

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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held virtually. 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.