Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the March edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.
During last Tuesday's Work Session of the Board of School Directors, the LMTSD Administration presented recommendations to retain Murray Avenue School, and not demolish it as part of the original planning announced in 2019. In addition, a recommended adjustment to the planned grade realignment was also shared. Both recommendations are intended to address current enrollment and capacity concerns, future proof the district for continued enrollment growth, create appropriate age-level bands, and allow for future flexibility inside district buildings. Please click here to view a recording of the Board presentation and here to view the presentation document.
Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Please join LMTSD as we celebrate Women’s History Month.
For those of you who have begun summer planning, the 2023-2024 academic calendar has been approved.
Have a great month and enjoy the arrival of spring!
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
Locally elected Tax Collectors are the backbone for collections of local real estate taxes for both school districts and municipalities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In Lower Moreland Township, we have had the same tax collector for over 15 years and her name is Mrs. Jane Ann Saile. Mrs. Saile has collected hundreds of millions of dollars between the Lower Moreland Township School District and the Township of Lower Moreland. Tax bills are usually sent out in the first week of July for the school district and tax bills for the Township usually come out around the beginning of March. For the school district. Mrs. Saile collects taxes in the discount, face, and finally the penalty phase for the school district. The District reconciles these collections each month and Mrs. Saile is obligated to send over monthly collection reports. These reconciliations go on through the entire 6 month period between July and December and any unpaid taxes are then turned over to the District’s delinquent tax collection agency, Portnoff Law Associates. Lastly, Mrs. Saile is required to confirm the amount of taxes collected for the District by our local auditing firm and these amounts are verified to what the District has on the books for collection of taxes.
Mrs. Saile has done an exemplary job for the District every year and does so in a pleasant and
informative way. A link to Mrs. Saile hours can be found here.
This page will be updated once the new year information is known. Lower Moreland Township School District is very appreciative of the work Mrs. Saile has done for many, many years.
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
The GIANT Company donated $8,000 to support food security initiatives through their Feeding School Kids program.
The High School held a multi-cultural event to celebrate different cultures
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Summer Maintenance Jobs for Students
Lower Moreland Township School District has summer maintenance job opportunities for students. Information for these positions and a link to apply are available here.
Annual Diversity in Education Recruitment Fair
The district is proud to once again participate in the Montgomery County Annual Diversity in Education Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown. Current teachers, college students majoring in education, and other educational professionals are invited to speak with school district representatives about professional opportunities with Montgomery County school districts. Register online at www.mciu.org/diversityfair.
Technology (Jason Hilt, Ed.D., Director of Technology)
The Technology Department supports information technology systems and instructional technology programs and practices in the district. Each month, we highlight how our students and teachers engage in 21st Century learning activities. We also share updates on new initiatives and tips and tricks related to devices and technology tools used in the district.
This month we are featuring innovative learning activities at Murray Avenue. Sixth grade students in Ms. Shields’ class learned about artist Matea Sinkovec, who uses bright colors and bold patterns to create a whimsical feel centered around an animal. Students used the online tool Google Drawings to create a work of art inspired by Matea's work. They learned how to use tools such as the polyline and curve tool to develop an outline, refine the design, and then cut their patterns into fun shapes that will fit in their animal outline!
These technology tools help students express their creativity in a new and open-ended way. Students enhanced their experience by using Origami paper to create more options of colors and sounds.
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
The Office of Student Services would like to remind all parents to please update your School Nurse on any changes to your child’s medical condition, overall health information, changes in mental health status, and any injuries your child may have recently sustained. Most importantly, make sure to update the nurse on any changes to your child’s medication, including prescriptions that are administered while in school or at home. All of this information is important for the school nurse to have in order to ensure the safety for students and to allow any appropriate accommodations to be provided. If you have any questions as to how to contact the School Nurse, please reach out to the main office at your child’s school.
Lower Moreland Township School District