School Board Meeting Highlights
Toy Adaptation Presentation by Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit
This program was made possible by a CLIU Teacher Venture Grant. The program involves students who use 3D printers and switches to make switches that allow students access to a typical toy that they would not normally have access to due to the use of assistive technology. Students create the solution when they are encountered with the challenge to help their peers. What typically costs more than $100 for the tool, students took apart toys and made switchers with wires for less than $4. People can plug the switch into the toy and play with it. For someone in a wheelchair or doesn't have gross motor movement, they can activate the toy with the large switch.
Redistricting Timeline for Opening of Veterans Memorial Elementary School
Rod Troutman, Assistant Superintendent, presented the timeline for the redistricting plan as follows:
October 15, 2019 – Introduce New Boundaries for Jaindl, Fogelsville, Parkway Manor, Cetronia and Veterans Elementary Schools
o Rebuild Fogelsville boundaries to alleviate crowding at Parkway Manor and Cetronia
o New boundaries for Parkway Manor and Cetronia
Town Hall Redistricting Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
o Fogelsville – 10/21/19
o Cetronia – 10/24/19
o Jaindl – 10/28/19
o Parkway Manor – 10/30/19
November 19, 2019 – Request Board Approval of New Boundaries for Jaindl, Fogelsville, Parkway Manor, Cetronia and Veterans Memorial Elementary Schools
November 20, 2019 – Send Teacher Transfer Surveys to K-6 Staff in all Buildings to be Completed by January 17, 2020
December 3, 2019 – Communicate to Redistricted Families Identifying the New Elementary School for the 2020-2021 School Year
March 18, 2020 – Assign Staff to New Buildings for the 2020-2021 School Year
Technology Integrators Recognition
The following staff members were recognized for using technology in innovative ways to help foster student learning during the 2018-19 school year.
David Whitby/Parkway Manor
The presentation includes examples of how they incorporated technology: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1U0H-y2I3XTCTJoOIIdYyxdVZFBwq_KJ-XB1_ubmKq3U/edit#slide=id.g21b8334801_0_154
Tech switch with toy pictured above
The Board voted for David Hein as Vice President from the 2019 slate of candidates for the PA School Boards Association. They also voted for Art Levinowitz from the Upper Dublin School District as President.
David Hein gave the LCTI report.
David Kennedy gave the LCCC report.
Rob Cohen expressed that he would not vote for cyber charter school payments.
Lisa Roth stated that she was glad to see the adaptive toy presentation this evening. David Hein and Carol Facchiano said they attended the Get Prepared Parkland event at PHS on Saturday for the public to see demonstrations and it was very well attended. It was nice to see so many people there to learn about resources. Everyone congratulated David for representing Parkland at the state level School Boards Association. Rich thanked Rod and the Board for the Redistricting Plan and for the Board's input on it at Committee meetings last week. It's an emotional topic for families and we thank them for all of the time and effort in the plan which includes lots of time and opportunities for public interaction once the new boundaries are rolled out on October 15th. Lisa mentioned that she was able to attend an event where students with special needs worked alongside Barry Dobil of Josh Early Candy to dip pretzels in chocolate and sell them at lunches at PHS. It was a wonderful experience for the students and she thanked Barry for his time and excellent interaction with the students as he taught them real-world business skills.