Budget Committee Meeting
The board met as a committee to review the preliminary budget on May 13, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.
TIU 11 Directors’ Convention
On April 30 the Tuscarora
Intermediate Unit 11 hosted a convention for school board members and
administrators within the IU. Mr. Dwight Bard, Mr. John McKee, and Mr. Tim
Mellott represented the
Act 1 tax relief has been set at $176 per eligible homestead in the district.
In the face of unprecedented opposition from
Southern Fulton Education Association, the administration will be contacting
Allegheny College of Maryland officials to determine if the dual-enrollment
courses can be instructed by their personnel. The union leadership has opposed
Students always have the
option, schedule permitting, of attending classes at the
We have 29 students who want to take the dual-enrollment classes if offered. It is unfortunate that the SFEA is hindering the district’s efforts to provide this program which will save the parents and students thousands of dollars in college tuition costs.
2 diplomas to be granted for
Drop out Recovery – Marlin Glen Wertz (class of SFHS 1974); Judith Kay
(Pancake) Linscott (class of
Field Trip Report
Miss Miller has requested to take the life skills students to the Senior Citizen Center and Park on June 2 for a picnic. This has been budgeted and approved.
Mr. Sholes has requested to take the Drama Club to NYC to see plays on May 31, 2008. Expenses paid by participants.
The Junior High Team would
like to take their annual STARS Trip to
Band requesting to go to
Mrs. Layton is requesting to
take the Spanish Club to
Mrs. Mosemann has requested to take the FFA to PSU FFA Activities Week June 10-12. This was approved and budgeted.
Building Usage Report
The FFA has requested the usage of the cafeteria and auditorium on May 29 for their annual banquet.
The SF Athletic Association has requested the cafeteria and auditorium for June 2 for the Spring Awards Program.
WAYS have requested to use the upper field and shot put area and inside of track when not in use. They will use it when not in use by our track team (until June 10).
The Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church has requested the use of the old elementary school parking lot (as done in the past) for overflow of the concert that they are having on June 14.
Ms. Conley has requested usage of the gym for a volleyball camp as approved from June 23-June 25.
Conference Request Report
None at this time.
The prom had 177 total people at the prom this year counting chaperones and students.
The Girls Varsity Softball team earned the #4 seed for the District V Playoffs. They will host Meyersdale @ 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
The Boys Varsity Baseball team earned the #7 seed for the District V Playoffs. They will travel to Meyersdale on Thursday, May 22, 2008 with the game starting @ 4:30 p.m.
If you see Chelsey Hollenshead or Amy Bard please take time to congratulate them on their District V Championships in the 3200m (Chelsey) and 800m (Amy). Wish them luck as they compete in the PIAA State Championship Meet @ Shippensburg University this coming weekend!
Classroom for the Future Grant – We are applying for $ 173,189.00 to place laptop computer labs as well as equipment for the teachers. We have requested for all Math, English, Social Studies, and Science classrooms. The teachers involved and the principal will have to undertake 30+ hours for professional development on technology integration and differentiated teaching methods. This was sought to help with our PSSA scores and go in conjunction with our purchasing new curriculum for Mathematics.
Use of Building
Mrs. Denise Conley previously requested the use of the high school gymnasium for the dates of June 23-25; however, due to painting of the gym floor she is now requesting to use the elementary gymnasium instead.
The PSSA’s for science have been completed. Several questions were very difficult; however, I am looking forward to receiving the scores and analyzing them which will indicate our strengths and weaknesses.
Security/Safety Committee Meeting
A security/safety committee
meeting was held on Wednesday, April 30 at 3:05 p.m. Vincent Joyce, EMA
A local author from
Joyce Shull, Cooperative Educator Coordinator, organized and scheduled Career Day that was held on Friday, May 16. Some of the speakers that presented were farmers, welders, painters, newspaper reporter, medical professions, auto mechanic, etc.
Michelle Marker, Wellness Coordinator,
“Physics is Phun and Chemistry is Chool” Day
Judy Schriver has been organizing this day for our sixth-grade students for the past three years. It was held on Monday, May 19. High school students presented several large demonstrations for the students.
The Ned Show presented a 45 minute assembly to the students on Tuesday, May 20. The show’s theme is on character education; however, the presenter uses yo-yos as well. Students will be given an opportunity to purchase yo-yos if they so chose.
The next environmental meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 3:00 in my office.
According to the DEP grant that we received, forty teachers can participate in a workshop that will be held on June 12 and will involve the Bureau of Forestry, Game Commission, Fish Commission, and Soil Conservation.
Goddard Space and
Several teachers will be
visiting the Goddard Space and
Sixth-grade trip to High School
The sixth-grade students will visit SF Junior Senior High School on June 5, 2008, to help the students ease their anxieties about attending middle school.
Community Relations Meeting
A Community Relations Meeting was held May 13, 2008. Some of the topics that were discussed included: PSSA’s, progress of nature trail, security of school, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, etc.
19 Physics Day – 6th grade
20 Character Education Assembly
21 3:00 Environmental Meeting
22 Ice Cream/Scholastic Day
26 No School – Memorial Day
Rain date for
Citizenship Trip to
2 7:30 a.m. Principal’s Reception; 6:45 p.m. Sixth-grade graduation
3 Field Day
4 No School – Teacher in-service day
5 8:45 a.m. Kindergarten graduation; 11:45 Awards Assembly; 1:00 Early
Federal Programs Report
Mrs. Ifert and I will begin working on the Federal Grant during the week of May 26.
The parking lot lighting has been completed by Tonoloway Enterprises.
Business Manager Report
Bids for athletic supplies, custodial supplies, general and art supplies and paper for printers and copiers have been received and are in the process of being reviewed and tabulated. A list of the bids to be approved will be presented at the June board meeting.
Strickler Agency is in the process of finalizing an insurance renewal proposal for 2008-2009. I will be setting up a meeting with Charles French from Strickler to review the proposal and will present at the June meeting for your approval.
Our eRate for the 2008-2009 school year has been approved for $13,000.
As reported earlier, we are being mandated to archive all of our email messages. To comply with this, I have configured our email server to capture all incoming and outgoing email messages. My plan is to then, about once a month, copy these archived messages from the server. At the end of each school year, I will then put these copies onto one or more DVD discs for permanent storage.
There is a relatively new technology called virtualization that we may be able to take advantage of. In the past, I’ve had to have separate physical servers for various purposes (e.g., PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, Internet, etc.). With virtualization, a program can be installed onto a server such that a physical server can “appear” to be multiple separate physical servers. This could reduce costs as I would not need to have as many physical servers. I’ll be investigating how this could benefit us.