Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, May 16, 2006



    District Report


Budget Committee Meeting


The board met as a committee to review the preliminary budget on April 6, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.


PANA Wellness Committee


The next meeting of the Wellness Committee will be held on May 30 at 6:45 p.m. All board members are encouraged to attend.


The Wellness Committee met on April 25. The committee members worked in groups to select provisions of a policy to recommend to the board.


TIU 11 Directors’ Convention


On April 26 the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 hosted a convention for school board members and administrators within the IU. Mr. Don Whiteside, and Mr. Bill Whiteside represented the Southern Fulton school board. I also attended.


SB 39


SB 39 has been voted down by the House of Representatives. Any action on tax reform will take place in June at the earliest.




At its April 20 meeting the JOC voted to eliminate a ½ time building construction instructor’s position due to declining enrollment. As a result Southern Fulton students will be transported to Central Fulton for instruction in this program. The JOC action was taken with the intent that the district with the lowest student enrollment in the program would transport its students.




The Tuscarora Blended Learning Charter School budget was adopted on May 3. The charter is not due for renewal at this time, as originally thought.

High School Report



Student of the Month


The junior high student selected is Arielle Black.  Brian Palmer is the senior high student of the month for May.  Each will be presented a plaque and certificate at the May 16, 2006 meeting.


Building Usage


The Shooting Stars used the cafeteria on May 7 for Basket Bingo from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. 


The Senior Class and Faculty have requested the use of the gymnasium and cafeteria for a faculty/student game on May 19 starting at 7:30.  The proceeds will support the Semper Fi Memorial.


The FFA have requested the Cafeteria and Auditorium on May 26, 2006 for the FFA Chapter Banquet and Awards program from 3:00 – 10:00 including set up and tear down time.  


The Southern Fulton Athletic Association have requested the use of the building on June 2, 2006 for the Sports banquet for track, baseball and softball.  They have requested use from 3:00 – 10:00 including set up and tear down time.  


Field Trip Report


Mr. Hoffner took the Seniors to H.B. Mellott’s Estate Inc. for the annual interview fair.  This was held May 3, 2006 from 8:10-11:45 a.m.  Big success as usual.  Thanks to the Mellotts and Mr. Hoffner.


Mr. Hollenshead took the Environmental Club to the Land Judging Competition in McConnellsburg on May 3, 2006.


Mr. Kuhne and Mr. Hollenshead took the 7-9 grade Eco Meet Teams

to Raystown Lake for the Annual Eco Meet Competition on 5/05/06 as budgeted and in the past. 


Ms. Bickel took the FFA on the farm and Industry tour on May 10, 2006.

Mrs. Schriver took the Physics class to Hershey Park for the annual Physics Day on May 11, 2006.


The Environmental students winning the Environthon will be going to states in Mont Alto on May 22 and 23.


The seniors are going to Washington D.C. May 25, 2006.  This is with the Semper Fi Memorial Fund.  The students will be going to Arlington, the memorials and Tyson’s.


On May 26, 2006 the Physics classes will be going to the elementary school to discuss science and play scientific games.


Grades 7 & 8 request to go to Idlewild Park on June 8, 2006.  This is for the Stars program.  It was originally scheduled for Antietum.


The 8th grade is going to NYC on June 9-12 as approved by the board.


Conference Request Report


None this Month.




There will be an assembly on Friday, May 19, 2006 from 8:30 – 10:30 called the HEADS UP Program.  It will be a presentation by the Philadelphia police.  This was rescheduled from April.


Upcoming Dates


May 19 Student/Faculty Basketball Game 7:30 in Gym

May 20 Sr. High Spring Chorus Concert.

May 22  Cheerleading try-outs week of 22

May 22  Votech Awards 6:00 Forbes Road School

May 25 FFA and Sr. Trip to Arlington Semper Fi Trip
May 26 Physics club to elementary school

May 26  FFA Banquet in HS Cafeteria

May 29 OFF Memorial Day

May 30, 31, June 1 Finals for the HS

June 6 Baccalaureate

June 7 Graduation 7:00 in HS Auditorium


Elementary Report




Suzanne Elbin will be attending a conference entitled, “Sailing the Seas of AAC Dynavox Technology” on May 16, 2006.  Mrs. Elbin needs to attend this conference regarding a communication device for a student.





Building Use


The Mercersburg Youth Football League has requested the use of the lobby on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. to hold football registration.


W.A.Y.S. has requested the use of the cafeteria/gym on May 31, 2006, from 5-8 p.m. for an awards banquet.



Field Trip


Miss Baker’s sixth-grade class is requesting permission to go to the Gettysburg Battlefield on June 4, 2006, from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Costs will be paid by the parents.


Spring Concert


The Spring Concert was held on Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.  The students did a wonderful job in band and choral selections.




The 06-07 schedule is completed for next year.  The teachers have a copy.



Federal Programs Report


I am still waiting on the written report from the state department of education.


Upcoming Events


May 19            Sixth-grade transition meeting

May 24            Citizenship Trip to Lakemont

June 1              Field Day

June 2              Scholastic Day

June 5              7:30 a.m. Principal’s Reception; 6:00 p.m. Sixth-grade graduation

June 7              Teacher in-service day

June 8              8:45 Kindergarten Graduation; 11:45 Awards Assembly; 1:00 Early Dismissal



Facilities Manager Report




Tremco and Heidler roofing is to start the repairs on the elementary roof on May 22. The restoration process will start after school lets out.


On May 13 the Needmore Fire Company burned down an old garage that was on the school property.



Business Manager Report


CD’s Coming Due


The CD’s that we have set aside for debt service are going to be coming due starting June 23.  I have been in touch with Bill Kruck at PLGIT and the current rates are 5.25 for 365 days.  We can give him the authorization to use this rate as a bench mark and go out and look for CD’s that would be that rate or above. The 5.25% rate has been holding steady for the past couple of weeks.



Technology Specialist Report


Donated Computers


The Social Security Office in Harrisburg has donated twenty-four computers and fifteen surge protectors.  The specifications are:


CPU:                Intel Pentium III  933Mhz

Memory:          256MB

            Disk Drive:       20GB


These will be used to replace older computers in classrooms and the two nurses’ computers.


Server Problem


For a few days we had a problem with the main server at the high school whereby it would lockup, usually overnight.  I removed a couple memory modules and the problem seems to have gone away.  I’ll replace what I believe to be failed memory modules sometime this week to see if the server still runs properly.


If it were to fail again with the new memory that would mean some of the memory slots of the server are bad.  In that case, I’d remove the new memory and just run the server with reduced memory which should be fine.  This server is five years old and I have in my budget for next year to replace it.





Open Source Software


As you are aware, we currently pay for the software we use.  This can be operating systems like Windows to programs such as Microsoft Office and anti-virus software.  Although we receive a very good discount from vendors such as Microsoft, it still represents a cost to the district.


There is a group of software called open source.  This term describes software that people create and is either free or very inexpensive.  The source code (actual instructions that create the program) is available as well for other people to make enhancements.  Two examples of open source programs are OpenOffice and StarOffice which have similar functions to Microsoft Office and are available as free downloads via the Internet. 


I am continually researching and evaluating such software to see if it can fit our needs.  The purpose would be to have the same or better functionality as is available with fee-based software but at a free or significantly reduced cost to the district.


On a related note, I currently use a program from Microsoft called FrontPage to update our web site.  Microsoft is discontinuing this product this year.  As a result of this, I will be investigating open source options to convert our web site to so that we do not have to pay for their replacement product or some other fee-based product.