Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, October 16, 2007



District Report


In-Service Day


Six high school teachers will participate grant writing training on Oct. 19. Dr. Gilliland will conduct the training. The remainder of our faculty participated in other alternative activities approved by the administration as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


PSBA Conference


The PSBA conference of Oct. 2-Oct. 5 was well attended. This superintendent attended from Oct. 3-Oct. 5. A copy of the materials from the Legal Update Session has been placed at each board member’s seat. Board members are encouraged to attend next fall’s conference.


Veterans’ Day


The principals are currently coordinating activities for Veterans’ Day. It is this administration’s intent to salute in a more formal way those who have served our country.


Meeting with Sen. Eichelberger


In August Dr. Gilliland represented Southern Fulton at the Fulton County LEAD meeting with Sen. Eichelberger The next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Central Fulton HS. Southern Fulton will be represented.


Writing In-Service Time


On Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9-10, the superintendent in-serviced the new faculty in the Power Writing program used in the District.


Leadership Seminar


The principals and superintendent will attend an educational leadership seminar on Thursday evening at their own expense. The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Leadership Development Council.



Fuel Adjustment Formula


At the September 27 board meeting the administration was directed to devise a formula to provide equivalency in terms of prices of diesel fuel and gasoline. The details of the proposed formula are as follows:


On Oct. 2 the price of fuel without tax was confirmed at Deshong's Store. This price was used as the base price to determine the equivalent prices of diesel fuel and gasoline. Diesel was $2.532/gal. and regular gasoline was $2.402/gal.

Dividing the price of gasoline by the price of diesel provides a baseline multiplier or percentage to use in comparing gasoline prices to diesel prices-- .949, or 94.9%.


Using the pre-tax adjustment trigger price of $2.50/gal. for diesel fuel, as the board had approved, that number is multiplied by .949 to yield an equivalent trigger price for gasoline. This pre-tax trigger amount is $2.373/gal. for gasoline.


Diploma Recovery Program


Dr. Gilliland has secured teachers willing to volunteer their time to serve as teachers for an on-line diploma recovery program for adult residents of Southern Fulton School District who have not earned a high school diploma. Dr. Gilliland is in the planning stages of the program and the administration expects in November to ask for formal Board approval for implementation.




High School Report



Student of the Month


I would like to honor the cast and crew of “OKLAHOMA!”  The students were chosen last year and everyone that tried out had some part in it.  The students and advisors gave up summer time to practice hard for the October play.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST AND CREW FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!




The play was a success.  The 40 member cast received standing ovations both nights.  The auditorium was SOLD OUT both nights.  There are 526 seats in the house and all but were sold on Friday and extra were sold for Saturday.  I thanked the cast, crew and any person involved.  Mrs. Mottern, Mr. Meredith and Mr. Sholes should be proud.  They did a great job.




The students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 17.  They will report to the assigned room immediately following homeroom.  Students will be finished with testing by the end of 4th period and return to class at the beginning of 5th period.  Mrs. Dickerhoff and Mrs. Griest’s classes will report to study hall.  We have 49 students taking it.


Parent/Teacher Conferences


The High School is currently working on preparations for the Parent/Teacher Conference Day on Monday, November 12.  Information on how to schedule the conferences will be sent home to parents next week.


PSSA Practice


We have begun the “word and math problem of the week” at the High school.  Each Monday the teachers are given a PSSA word and math problem.  The teachers can use that as extra-credit on a homework, quiz or test.  The students are also working on Study Island computer program to assist in raising scores.


12th Grade PSSA Retakes


The retakes for math, reading and writing for 12th graders will be on October 23,  24 and 25.


October 19th In-Service Day


The staff will receive training in grant writing.  I have 6 people going to attend this workshop.


End of 1st Marking Period


The 45th day is October 31.  Report cards will go out to those requesting them on November 5.





The SATs will be given here on Saturday, November 3.


The SF Athletic Association is requesting the usage of the cafeteria on November 10, 2007 for the annual sportsman dinner raffle.


Dave Smith/IU is requesting usage of a room on November 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 6-9:30 p.m. for school bus training.  This is being given by the IU.




The High School Band will be participating in several parades over the next couple of weeks.  They are as follows:

October 20 – McConnellsburg 

October 24-Hancock Parade

October 27-Hagerstown Parade

November 17 – Gcastle, Waynesboro, and Chambersburg


National FFA Convention


Mrs. Mosemann will be taking nine students to Indianapolis from October 23 through October 27.  All busing and housing arrangements were made by the votech.


Other Trips


Volleyball team is requesting to go to a clinic on November 16, 2007.  Mrs. Dickerhoff will take 6 chaperones and 34 students.  This has been approved and budgeted by the volleyball club.


Mrs. Solomon and the votech is requesting to take students in grades 11 and 12 to Allegany College of Maryland on November 15, 2007.  This trip will be paid for by the votech.




  • October 22nd - HCC to be presenting at 9:00
  • Oct 23-28th FFA national convention in IN
  • Nov 1st Grade 11 vision screenings
  • Nov 1st teacher/student dodgeball game Junior Fundraiser
  • Nov 4th Daylight Saving Time Ends(set clocks back one hour)
  • Nov 5th -8th period 3 Drug and alcohol speaker Ron Boose for 11th graders
  • Nov 7th  Report Cards go home
  • Nov 8th Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • Nov 8th Grade 10 vision screenings
  • November 9th fourth annual Fall Band Festival which is sponsored by FFCMEA (Franklin-Fulton County Music Educators Association) concert at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 12th  Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students)
  • Nov 15th Grade 9 vision screenings



Elementary Report




A PTA meeting was held on Monday, October 15, 2007.


The first PTA fundraiser is officially over. The timeline for delivery of those items is November 6 with the Mega Event happening on that date as well.




A few teachers from Bedford Elementary will be visiting the elementary school on Monday, October 22, to observe a Title I lesson. The Bedford teachers will then meet with me in regards to the reading meetings that are held five times per year.


PSSA Scores


Bob Shinskie and Tracy Hinish will be meeting with me and several teachers all day on Wednesday, October 17. Mr. Shinskie and Ms. Hinish want to know what strategies the teachers are using in the classroom to raise student achievement.




I received word that we have received a $3,000.00 grant to develop a wetland by the elementary school. Greg Reineke from the Fulton County Conservation District informed me of this grant. Herb Brambley has been pivotal in getting this grant. Wetlands is an area of the curriculum that we are to be teaching. This will give our students hands-on opportunities. The grant is from the Environmental Concern Wetland Learning Center in St. Michaels, MD, and it involves removing 6 inches of soil (20 x 30 feet area), then putting in granulated clay so the water will not drain as quickly. The last step is planting plants.


Mr. Reineke also has informed me of another $15,000.00 grant that we can apply for as well. Up to 50% of this grant can be used for materials for the nature trail. A nature trail committee meeting will be held on October 25, to discuss what we would like to see in 5-10 years. I would like at least one board member to be a part of the nature trail committee.


Red Ribbon Week


The elementary will be observing Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 22 – 26. Each day the students will receive a small item to remind them of saying no to drugs.


PVAAS (Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System)


A PVAAS training will be held at the IU on October 23. Pennsylvania Department of Education would like to have this model approved by the US Department of Education – at this time it has not been approved. PVAAS is a system where administrators can view data to see if each student is making a year’s worth of progress in a school year.


Veteran’s Assembly


A Veteran’s Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, November 8 at 9:40 a.m. A brief overview of events include: the boy scouts carrying the colors, three high school students will each be singing a solo, Mr. Alton Hoopengardner will be the speaker, and Noah Hykes, an elementary student, will be playing a patriotic song on the piano as well as reciting the Gettysburg Address. Please feel free to attend.


Upcoming Events



26                Fall Parties

31                End of first marking period



6                    PTA fund raising items delivered; Mega Event

7                    Report cards go home

8                    Veteran’s Day Assembly @ 9:40 a.m.

9                    Third-grade field trip to Washington, DC

12                Parent/Teacher Conferences (12-8:00 p.m.)

16                Parent Luncheon

21        Reading Meetings



Federal Programs Report


Our federal money was over $500,000.00 for the 06-07 school year. When federal money goes over this amount, an audit must take place. I have not heard from the auditor at this time.




Facilities Manager Report




Bettwy Sound and Communication upgraded the components of the intercom system (input and output devices, amplifier, receiver and programming). State prices, budget approved upgrade.


Repairs are taking place in the high school mechanical room.


I have purchased mercury vapor fixtures to replace damaged and non-functional units around the high school building.



Business Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Technology Specialist Report


TIU WAN Project


We are scheduled to cut over to the fiber between the two buildings on 11/1/07.  I will then also test the new Internet connection.  If everything goes according to plan, we should be on the new Internet connection by the beginning of January if not sooner.




PDE is mandating that we work on the PA Information Management System (PIMS).  Phase I is due November 9 so I’ll be working on retrieving the information they need and importing it into their system.  When completed, PIMS will allow us to look at various reports of student assessments.