School Board Meeting Highlights
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All motions were approved.
Rendering of New Elementary School Main Entrance
Preliminary Design Work for New Elementary School
Mike Kelly, Principal Architect at KCBA, reviewed progress on the new elementary school. Last week, principals and elementary school teachers from all buildings were invited to design feedback meetings for the architects to gain insight into how maker spaces and literacy spaces are being used across the district along with STEM, technology, TV Studio space, and the arts. They reported that the staff was glad to be asked to give input and shared many ideas for the new building plan. It was also reported that sewer, water, gas, electrical plans and a traffic study have begun. Bi-weekly design meetings are underway and two public feedback meetings are scheduled for May 24 at Jaindl School and May 25 at Fogelsville School (both at 7 PM).
A KCBA architect team showcased some new ideas for the exterior of the building. The focal point of the school is the main entrance/STEM/Creative Commons area which can be seen from the front of the building and the interior courtyard at the rear. The goal is to hIghlight literacy right at the front door as an open concept spills into a creative STEM area and literacy/media center.
The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit gave an overview of Project MAX, a program that maximizes access and learning for students with complex instructional needs. Dr. Elaine E. Eib, CLIU Executive Director, Deborah Popson, CLIU Director, Special Programs & Services, AJ Kise, CLIU Supervisor, Special Education, Natalie Krebs, CLIU Educational Consultant, Jennifer Penn, Parent and Coby Penn, Student made the presentation which can be viewed here:
These teachers were recognized for using technology in their classrooms to enhance instruction. One teacher in every building wins this award annually.
Jarrod Neff -Parkland High School
Tracy Hartenstine -Orefield Middle School
Erica Lutri -Springhouse Middle School
Emily Hamm - Cetronia
Samantha Edwards - Fogelsville
Luke Boltz - Jaindl
Kasey Celona - Ironton
Angela Little - Kernsville
Derrick Green - Kratzer
Lee Moyer - Parkway Manor
Sara Marsh - Schnecksville
The Board stated that they enjoyed hearing about the ways that technology is enhancing instruction at all of the schools tonight and thanked JR Renna for his presentation. They also thanked JR for putting on the Teach Tech Conference at the end of April which attracted 130 educators from around the Valley.
Everyone congratulated PHS for a successful Prom and Post Prom Party last weekend.
Don't forget that the Festival of the Arts runs this weekend from May 18-20, 2017. More info here.