Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, August 19, 2008



District Report




As of August 19 the sixth grade elementary position will be filled by a substitute and the senior high mathematics position will be filled by Mr. Brambley until another candidate is hired.


Bus Driver and Contractor In-Service


This year the annual meeting with the contractors will be expanded to include drivers. Mrs. Hendershot, Mr. Shade, and Mrs. Younker will also participate to discuss driver concerns and bus discipline.


In-Service Activities


A full slate of activities are planned for the three days of faculty in-service. The agenda includes presentations by TIU 11 personnel about Reading in the Content Areas, new special education paperwork revisions, and PSSA data. Mr. Bob Shinskie will also present the data to the Board at its September meeting.




High School Report



Nothing to report.




Elementary Report




The new officers for the 08-09 school year are:

            President – Tiffany Schooley

            Vice-President – Dariel Pelton

            Secretary – Sherri Plessinger

            Treasurer – Gillian Clark


The next PTA meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2008 at 6:30.

The refrigerator in the elementary faculty room needs replaced and the PTA will be replacing that.




Twenty-five students are enrolled for Pre-K. Fifteen 4-year old students are enrolled for the morning session and 10 are enrolled for the afternoon session (9 - 3-year olds and 1 4-year old). For the morning session which will run from 8-10:55, the school district will provide transportation on a regular school bus to school – parents will be responsible for picking the students up at 10:55. For the afternoon session that will run from 12 – 3:00 p.m., the district will pick students up in a mini-van and mini-bus and transport them to school – parents will be responsible for picking them up at 3:00.


  • Amber Galson and I will be attending a session in Harrisburg tomorrow regarding all the requirements that must be followed for the Pre-K grant. 
  • Orientation for Pre-K is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m.
  • School for Pre-K will not start until Tuesday, September 2.




Orientation for kindergarten students will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.


Accountability Block Grant


I have been notified that our Accountability Block Grant has been reduced by 1.3% which means that we have lost $2,297.00 from our original amount. The amount that we will now receive is $174,404.00.


Musical Keyboards


Mr. Meredith has everything set up and ready to go for elementary music this year. I am really excited about the possibilities that students will have.


Environmental Education


I have scheduled two weeks out of each nine-week marking period for Mr. Brambley to take students outside on the nature trail, explore the wetlands, etc. Due to the grant, we ordered approximately $4,000.00 in books for students relating to environmental education. I still have not heard anything regarding the other DEP grant that we have applied for. I hope to hear something within the next month.



Teacher Workshops


Elementary teachers were involved in a full day training session for the new reading series which took place on Wednesday, August 13.


Some high school and elementary teachers spent Thursday, August 14, analyzing PSSA scores, writing a school improvement plan, and integrating science anchors into other content areas – which is a requirement of the current DEP grant.


Fulton County Youth Ag Expo Day – September 24


I have been involved with the planning of this day in collaboration with the Fulton County Conservation District. In the past, sixth-grade students went to the Fulton County Fair Grounds. This year, I thought that it is important for the activities planned to correlate with science assessment anchors. Therefore, 6th-grade students will be spending the day at Reed Englert’s farm in Fulton County. 


Upcoming Events



21                6:00 p.m. Pre-K Orientation; 7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Orientation

25                6:00 p.m. Open House for grades 1-6

26                School begins; Book fair begins



1                    No School – Labor Day

2                    PTA Fundraiser begins

5                    Grandparent Luncheon

8                    6:30 PTA meeting

17                Constitution Day

18                School Pictures

24                Bible Release starts;

6th-graders to Reed Englert’s farm in Fulton County



Federal Programs Report


We will be monitored this year for Federal Programs.








Facilities Manager Report




I would like to thank my cleaning crews at the high school and elementary for the great job they did this summer.  School is in good shape for opening.


Next month I will report on all the new improvements that were done over the summer.




Business Manager Report




Summer is coming to an end and we have worked really hard to get ready for the new school year.    I am confident that we will be ready for the first day.


We will be meeting with the bus contractors and drivers tomorrow for an in-service at 1:00 p.m. in the elementary library.



Technology Specialist Report


Classrooms for the Future Grant (CFF)


We have been awarded $74,691 for the Classrooms for the Future Grant.  This money will be used for classrooms at the high school for those that teach English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The money is to be used for equipment such as electronic whiteboards, projectors, multimedia teacher computers and student laptops.  As this is half of what we requested in the grant, I’ll be working with Mrs. Hendershot and the appropriate teachers to revise the grant to best use these funds.


In addition, the grant provides for the following:


  • $30,000 towards a part-time CFF coach.  We intend to contract with the IU for this service
  • $6,000 for infrastructure costs (e.g., network and/or power related equipment)
  • Professional Development for the CFF coach, administrative team and teachers involved with this project


The deadline for submitting our equipment revisions is August 29, 2008.  We expect a December installation date so that we can have everything in place when students return from the holiday break.