Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, August 18, 2009



District Report


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.


Grant Opportunity


Southern Fulton has an opportunity to partner with two other districts for a science grant. The grant will focus on what is called “STEMS”; i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula. The grant has the potential of more than $1,000,000 in funding for the three districts.




The state budget is still in limbo. If any version of SB850 is passed, the district will face a “hole” of almost $600,000 in the school year 2011-2012.


News Conference


Representatives from Southern Fulton have been invited to attend Gov. Rendell’s news conference on Wednesday, August 19, at which he will announce that Pennsylvania is the only state which made significant gains in student achievement in every year from 2002 to 2008. Southern Fulton was invited as one of the top 50 districts in the state to show improvement. Mrs. Trail, Mr. Don Whiteside, and I will be in attendance.




Teacher and staff in-services are set for Thursday, Friday, and Monday; August 20, 21, and 24. Topics include curriculum work, suicide intervention, CPR training, anti-bullying training, crisis intervention, and other topics.




The beginning of another school year is both a challenge and an opportunity. This past summer the administrators and our office and maintenance staffs have once again done superlative work in preparing for the 2009-2010 year, and I thank them for everything they have done for our students and teachers.




High School Report


7th Grade/New Student Orientation


August 18 there will be 7th grade/new student orientation at the high school from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  All 7th graders and new students have been invited to attend the orientation.  Activities during this time include:  building tour, locker procedures and cafeteria scan. 


Open House


Open House is scheduled for August 27, 2009 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  We will follow a mock schedule of the day.  Refreshments will be provided. 


Dual Enrollment Grant/Program – Education Foundation


Allegany College of Maryland will be offering Psychology and History this year at Southern Fulton High school.  The teacher is scheduled to be Todd Hoffner.  However, due to the budget issues, currently the Dual Enrollment Program has been eliminated from the state budget.  Therefore, there is no money in the grant system as of Monday, August 17, 2009. 


The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation has previously received donations through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.  Businesses contribute through this state program and instead of paying taxes directly to Harrisburg, they are able to divert the taxes to educational programs.  The Foundation has used these donations to fund Early College tuition in the past.  However, this is also a program which may be cut from the state budget.  Therefore, without knowing if donations will be received, the Foundation just made a decision to utilize monies remaining in our Early College account for the Fall 2009 semester.  This means that each Early College student will receive a tuition assistance award in the amount of $35.00 per credit for the first three credits taken during the Fall 2009 semester.  The Foundation has approximately 375 early College students they support in numerous school districts.   The Foundation realizes that this amount of funding is less than semesters past but can only provide money that is on hand to students. 


If the state cuts the part of the Educational Improvement Program that our Foundation can received funding from, then there will likely be no foundation support in the Spring 2010. 


Basically, students will need to pay $75/credit, plus books and fees. 


Not good news!!!!


Safe and Drug Free School Grant & Classroom for the Future Grant


Currently, OUT of the state budget!  Not good news!!!!


In-House College Advisor – Keystone College Advising Corps


Mark Lund will be here 3 days a week!  This IS good news!


Fall Sports & Musical


Practice started on Monday, August 17, 2009


Building Usage


The following requests for permission to use school facilities have been received:


WAYS Soccer has requested to use any available fields from August 14-October 1 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  This was approved in July.


Current Enrollment for the 09-10 School Year


7                    68

8                    71

9                    89

10                70

11                56

12                58


Total         412     


Total at end of 08-09 school year was 439



Elementary Report




There have been some withdrawals from the PreK program; however, I have been able to fill the slots. At this time there are two three-year olds that will be attending the program.


The Bedford/Fulton Head Start Site is unsure what direction they will be taking because the state budget has not been passed. BFHS may limit services to only two or three days a week.


Pennsylvania Conservation Corp Grant


I have received word that we will receive the grant. YEAH!!! Paul Wilt is in the process of hiring a crew leader.




Trainings for the new science/health series have been scheduled. Teachers will be trained on how to use the technology components of the programs.


End-of-Marking Period Assessments


Bob Shinskie and Tracy Hinish from IU 11 will be partnering with Southern Fulton on creating end-of-marking period assessments that will provide additional data on student achievement. Mr. Shinskie and Ms. Hinish will be at SF on September 3.


Upcoming Events



20                6-7:00 Orientation for Pre-K students

7-8:00 Orientation for Kindergarten students


24                6-7:30 Open House for students in Grades 1-6

25                School Begins



4                    Grandparent Luncheon

7                    No School – Labor Day

8                    PTA Fundraiser Kick off

15        Picture Day; Kendra to CAC meeting at IU

17                Constitution Day

23        Bible Release begins for grades 3-6



Federal Programs Report


Nothing to report at this time.




Facilities Manager Report




Tremco finished the high school roof restoration project last week.




Business Manager Report




We will be monitoring the cash flow of the general fund very closely on a monthly basis until the state budget is finalized and approved.


If it becomes necessary to apply for a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note, the school board will be advised.





Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.