Administrative Reports

 
 

 


Southern Fulton School District Work Session

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

 

 

District Report

 

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 Southern Fulton school board. Dr. Gilliland, Mrs. Trail, and  I were the administrators who attended.

 

Act 1

 

Act 1 tax relief has been set at $176 per eligible homestead in the district.

 

Dual-Enrollment

 

 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 using Southern Fulton teachers as instructors, claiming this must be bargained. It has been reported to the superintendent that ACM is working with 27 Pennsylvania school districts, and none of those districts are paying the teachers additional money for teaching dual-enrollment classes during the school day. Any money sent to the district by ACM would be used for supplies for the classroom or to lower tuition for the dually-enrolled students, if possible. Courses scheduled for next year are English and speech. For 2009-2010, English and history are scheduled. For 2010-2011, English and psychology are scheduled.

 

Students always have the option, schedule permitting, of attending classes at the Everett campus or taking summer classes. However, it is much more advantageous to our students if they can take the classes here at Southern Fulton as part of their school day. As a member of the Bedford County Education Board, I recently heard a report detailing how a student at Rockwood H.S. had earned 60 college credits before graduating from high school, thus saving tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs. This student matriculated into Clarion University as a junior. He also testified recently before the state Senate Education Committee as to the value of community colleges and dual-enrollment.

 

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.

 

 

High School Report

 

 

Success Stories

 

2 diplomas to be granted for Drop out Recovery – Marlin Glen Wertz (class of SFHS 1974); Judith Kay (Pancake) Linscott (class of Jefferson High School, Lafayette Indiana 1962).

 

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 Hershey Park on June 3.  This was approved in August.

 

Band  requesting to go to Hershey Park on June 5 as budgeted and approved.

 

Mrs. Layton is requesting to take the Spanish Club to Mexico on June 18-24. This was budgeted and approved in August.

 

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.

 

Programs

 

The prom had 177 total people at the prom this year counting chaperones and students. 

 

Sports Report

 

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!

 

Reports

 

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.

 

 

Elementary Report

 

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.

 

PSSA’s

 

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 director for Fulton County, as well as two state police officers, Shawn Flaherty and Jim Loopy, were present for the meeting. We hope to meet again during the summer to finalize some issues before the beginning of next school year.

 

Author

 

A local author from Gettysburg, Harriet Cameron, read to all students in grades K-3 on May 12.

 

Career Day

 

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.

 

Metz

 

Michelle Marker, Wellness Coordinator, from Metz presented information to all second and third-graders on May 19 regarding healthy snacks.

 

“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.

 

Free Assembly

 

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.

 

Environmental Meeting

 

The next environmental meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 3:00 in my office.

 

June 12

 

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 Flight Center

 

Several teachers will be visiting the Goddard Space and Flight Center on Tuesday, June 2. Goddard has a variety of resources that the district can dip into; however, we need to become familiar with what is available to us. During the first visit, teachers will take a tour of the facility as well as share what they perceive as weaknesses concerning science in our district. 

 

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.

 

Connected Mathematics

 

Southern Fulton Elementary School has been assigned to the control group for Connected Mathematics. Therefore, over the next two years, SFES will continue to use our existing curriculum for 6th-grade mathematics. Teachers will be asked to take a brief survey and during the 2009-2010 school year, we will be asked to host a couple of site visits.

 

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.

 

Upcoming Events

 

May

19                Physics Day – 6th grade

20                Character Education Assembly

21                3:00 Environmental Meeting

22                Ice Cream/Scholastic Day

26                No School – Memorial Day

27                Citizenship Trip to Lakemont Park

28                Rain date for Citizenship Trip to Lakemont Park

 

June

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

            Dismissal

 

 

Federal Programs Report

 

 Mrs. Ifert and I will begin working on the Federal Grant during the week of May 26.

 

 

 

Facilities Manager Report

 

Update

 

The parking lot lighting has been completed by Tonoloway Enterprises.

 

 

 

Business Manager Report

 

Updates

 

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.

 

 

 

Technology Specialist Report

 

eRate

 

Our eRate for the 2008-2009 school year has been approved for $13,000.

 

eMail Archiving

 

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.

 

Virtualization

 

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.