Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, March 20, 2007



    District Report


School Delays/Closings


The cancellation of school on Friday, March 16, has necessitated extending the school year by another day. The final student day is tentatively Thursday, June 7, barring any further emergency closings. The final in-service day is now scheduled for June 6. April 5 and April 9 will be used as make-up days.




Mrs. Lori Bard is working on the latest district newsletter which will feature information about student achievement, Act 1, and school directors’ month. The newsletter is scheduled for April.


Retirements and Resignation


We will miss our retirees and thank them for their commitment to Southern Fulton School District and our children. Our retirees have over 198 years of teaching experience at Southern Fulton, and we are losing their experience, teaching skills, and commitment to our students as invaluable resources. We wish them well.


Preliminary Budget Review Process


Mrs. Keebaugh and the superintendent will be meeting with the principals and supervisors to pare the budget requests before forwarding them to the Board. The first meeting is on next Tuesday.


Ministerium Meeting


The next ministerium meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at 8:45 a.m. in the elementary.


Food Service


As requested at the February meeting, the superintendent is gathering information about the possibility of using a food service management company for Southern Fulton. Also, the District has proceeded with advertising for a replacement for Mrs. Fischer to keep open that option. Representatives from Metz & Associates, which is the company contracted by Central Fulton School District, met with the superintendent today and requested to make a presentation to the Board in April. The process for choosing a food service management company, should the Board choose that option, is to advertise for Request for Proposals (RFP’s). Permitting a company to present an overview of the scope of services provided by a food management company does not commit the Board to that or any other company.


Data Meeting


Mr. Robert Shinskie of TIU11 will meet with the administrators tomorrow to discuss the data services provided by the IU. Under No Child Left Behind, schools must make data-driven decisions for curriculum and teaching practices.



High School Report



Success Stories


FFA Updates


Members of the Warfordsburg FFA Chapter recently competed in the in the County FFA Public Speaking held at McConnellsburg High School on March 15.  Members competed in various categories of public speaking, Senior Prepared, Junior Prepared, Conservation, Extemporaneous, and Creed Speaking.  The top three places from each category will move on to compete at a three county event held in Martinsburg, Pa.


Three senior members presented prepared speeches that were 6-8 minutes in length.  Placing first was Keri Schriever, followed by Brittany Spade second, and Heather Pittman third.


Joshua Sipes placed second in the Conservation category with his speech outlining the concerns of Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer.


First year members recited the FFA creed.  Howard Poole placed second, followed by Justin Carbaugh placing third.


All six members will be moving on to the area competition being held on March 29 at Central High School in Martinsburg PA.


i-Safe Update

As a follow up to the board presentation and with shown interest, there will be a parent informational meeting on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The student forum will present internet safety to the elementary grades 4-6 on April 10.


Building Usage


WAYS will use the upper field and shot put area and inside of track from March 17- May 30 as approved in February.  They will use it when not in use by our track team. 


The FFA will use the high school cafeteria on April 13, 2007, as in the past for the FFA Dance from 4-11 p.m.


The Needmore Fire Department will use the gym on April 21 for Donkey Basketball.  This was approved last month as done in the past. 


Field Trip Report


Debbie Hixon took our cheerleaders to Williamsburg, VA for the regional competition. They were runner up for their division. 


The FFA will go to the SLLC Conference in Grantville PA on March 25-27.  They will participate in hands on learning activities.


On March 29 FFA will go to their annual Area Public Speaking Conference at Martinsburg, PA.  Monies from FFA


Because of snow Mrs. Mottern will take the Art Honor Society to the Franklin Science Museum & Art Institute of Philadelphia on 4/5/06 to view the King Tut exhibit.


The FFA officers will go to State FFA Officer school at Cumberland Valley HS on 4/11/07.  Monies from FFA


The FFA will attend the rodeo in Harisburg on April 28 as done in the past.  Monies from FFA.


The FBLA will go to the State Leadership Conference on April 30-May 2.  This was as done in the past and has been budgeted.


Conference Request Report


Matt Quigg will go to the AD conference on March 22 and 23.


Jen Keebaugh will go to Wilson Reading training on March 23, 29, 30 at the IU.  This is through the special ed grant.







Elementary Report


PTA News


The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.


Parents can pick up orders from Wolfgang Candy on Wednesday, March 28, from 3-6:00 p.m.


Building Usage


The Needmore Kids Craft Club will use the grounds (outside) for an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, 2007, from 1-3 p.m., as approved in February.




Herb Brambley, Denise Conley, Terry Shade, and Sandra Strait were scheduled to attend a conference on March 7; however, due to the inclement weather they will now be attending a conference entitled, “50 Ready-to Use Writing Mini Lessons” on April 27, 2007.


NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)


Our fourth-graders participated in this assessment in February; however, I was recently contacted by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education that Southern Fulton Elementary School is one of two schools in Pennsylvania selected to participate in the Geocoding Study as a continuation of the NAEP 2007 testing cycle.  Westat, the contractors for the US Department of Education will be contacting me and Andrew Rupert in regards to the information that we need to provide them.


PSSA Information


The students were scheduled to take the PSSA’s on March 13, 15, and 16; however, due to the inclement weather on March 16, the students will finish the assessments on March 20.  The tests were quite lengthy and lunch/recess schedules were adjusted as needed.  Overall I think the students worked hard.


In-coming Kindergarten Students


An information session will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. to inform parents of incoming kindergarten students about the expectations of kindergarten.







I will be meeting with the PANA Committee on Wednesday, March 21, to hopefully put the final touches on the Elementary PANA guidelines.  


Community Relations Meeting


A community relations meeting was held on Wednesday, March 14.  Some of the topics that were discussed are: PANA, PSSA’s, Act 1, Nature Trail, Finger Imaging System, Upcoming Events, etc.


Accountability Block Grant


I will be working on the ABG for the 07-08 school year during the next month.


Upcoming Events



            22        6:30 I-Safe Presentation for parents

27        Group Pictures

28        Wolfgang Candy is delivered

29        7:00 p.m. Parent Night for incoming kindergarten students



5                    School is in session

6                    No School

9                    School is in session

17                First-grade field trip to circus in Altoona

18                11:00 Luncheon to honor volunteers



Federal Programs Report


Nothing to report.



Facilities Manager Report




The MEI Company has been working on installing the CCTV systems in the elementary and the high school the past several weeks. This should be completed in the next week or two.


The required three year asbestos inspection has been done.


The yearly Chemical Right-to-Know inspection for the high school and elementary has been completed and new manuals are in each building and chemistry lab.


The office for Cindy Layton is complete at the high school.


Two LCD projectors have been ceiling mounted in the high school.


We are starting spring cleaning on the school grounds and also doing maintenance to the playground at the elementary.



Business Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.