The first round of meetings with administrators and supervisors has concluded. Once the numbers are compiled, the administration will again review the budget requests to prioritize and adjust as necessary. A Budget Committee meeting date and time have to be set.
Act 1 PTA Presentation
The superintendent spoke to the PTA on April 9 about Act 1 and the upcoming ballot question regarding raising the Earned Income Tax rate to pay for tax reductions.
The charter for the TBLCS is due for renewal in July. This topic will be future discussion and action items.
NHS and NJHS Induction Ceremonies
The ceremonies held on April 13 went very well. Mrs. Judy Schriver and Mrs. Heather Hollenshead are the advisors and did an excellent job of organizing the ceremonies.
As approved in August, the
superintendent will attend the annual PARSS conference in
Two recent surveys were completed and submitted on time. One was for the Office of Civil Rights and the other was for PANA.
The prom is on May 12 from 5:00 to 10:30. Consider you and your spouse as invited, but please let Mr. Gilliland know if you plan to attend.
Damon Gordon is Junior High Student of the Month
I would like to recognize the Scholastic Scrimmage team next Board meeting (May). I would also like to show highlights from their two appearances on the TV show.
WAYS has requested to use the upper field and shot put area and inside of track from March 17- May 30th. They will use it when not in use by our track team.
The Needmore Fire Department has requested use of the gym on April 21 for Donkey Basketball. This was approved last month as done in the past.
The PTA will use the high school auditorium May 3, 2007 for the annual spelling bee from 6:30 – 9:30.
Field Trip Report
On March 29 the FFA went to their annual
Area Public Speaking Conference at
Mr. Hollenshead and Mr. Kuhne
are taking the grades 7-12 Environthon teams to Cowan’s
Ms. Bickle has requested to take the FFA to the PA Farm Show Complex in April 28, 2007 for the annual Rodeo.
The FFA has requested to go to the Wrightsville, evergreen farm on May 1, 2007, as approved in August. This is to review equine terminology, judging, tack, and oral reasoning in preparation for horse judging CDE.
The FBLA has requested to go to the State Leadership Conference on April 30-May 2. This was as done in the past and has been budgeted.
Mr. Hoffner has requested to take the Seniors to H.B. Mellott’s Estate Inc. for the annual interview fair. This will be held May 2, 2007, from 8:10-11:45 a.m.
Mr. Kuhne and Mr. Hollenshead requested taking the 7-9 grade Eco Meet Teams
Mr. Hollenshead has requested to take the Environmental Club to the Land Judging Competition in McConnellsburg on May 8, 2007.
The life skills will go to the Maryland Theatre from 11:00 – 2:30 on May 10. This is a play from Dr. Suess which has been studied in class. Money in budget for field trips and approved in August.
Mrs. Schriver has requested
to take the Physics class to
Conference Request Report
Jen Keebaugh will attend a training to participate in the Driver Education end-of-course skills test on May 8, 2007.
The honor Society Inductions went smoothly on Friday, April 13, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.
The Student Council is sponsoring a play by Saltworks play group on Bullying. This play will be presented on Friday April 27, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. The play deals with bullying and its causes. Funds are being used from the student council account.
Graduation historical report
College Course dual enrollment report
Top sellers for Wolfgang Candy will be receiving a limo ride to Pizza Hut on April 24, 2007.
The annual PTA Spelling Bee will be held on May 3, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The next PTA Meeting will be held on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Deanne Baker and
Sally Wilson will be attending an Access PA Meeting at TIU 11 on April 24, 2007.
The fourth-grade students will be taking the PSSA Science Field Test on April 26, 2007. The school district will not receive any scores from this particular field assessment.
Accountability Block Grant
The Accountability Block Grant is completed and submitted. Once the amount of money is finalized, I will let you know.
Mrs. Mottern informed me that an electric kiln has been donated to the elementary school by a student’s grandfather. I will be sending a thank you letter.
Mrs. Heather Hollenshead has helped to initiate a reading tutoring program for some first-grade students. National Junior Honor Society Students are tutoring first-grade students in reading after school for an hour a day for 9 days.
The student forum along with Mr. Sholes gave a 30-minute presentation to all fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students on the dangers of the internet on Tuesday, April 10. The responses from teachers were overwhelmingly positive.
Jump Rope for Heart
The students raised $3,401.25
for the American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for
Heart. Kudos to
trip to circus in
18 11:00 Luncheon to honor volunteers
3 Game 24 Competition for students in grade 3 and 4
4 Game 24 Competition for students in grades 5 and 6
10 Kindergarten field trip to MD Theatre
11 Fourth-grade field trip
Federal Programs Report
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
Business Manager Report
I have given you an updated expenditure report for the period ending 04-30-07. It shows that we have approximately 31% remaining.
We are in the process of working with Unifund to upgrade our accounting system to BudgetSense. The implementation period anticipated will begin with 07/01/07 for Accounting and Accounts Payable with Payroll October 1, 2007.
WAN Project Update
Sting communications did a site visit at both the high school and elementary school as part of the IU’s wide area network (WAN) communication project. This project will allow our school buildings to connect to the Internet at a bandwidth of 100Mbps (we currently connect at 1.5Mbps).
As part of this project, we are scheduled to have towers mounted to the roofs of our buildings. Since the towers will be owned by Sting Communications, they will be responsible for any damage that the towers may create from leaking, falling, etc. Sting Communications has installed equipment like this for several other intermediate units.
Internet Filter Status
I have a trial period until June 2007 for a separate server that performs both firewall and Internet filter functions. If this performs well and does all the functions we need, it will reduce our yearly Internet filter cost by about $1,500. Since it is a separate server and not just software, we may be eligible for eRate refunds for this which will cut our cost even further.
There was a problem with PowerSchool resulting from an upgrade which prevented outside access and also prevented some teachers from having their grades posted on the Internet. This lasted for approximately one day and has been resolved.