Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, December 8, 2009



District Report




The Joint Operating Committee of the Fulton County AVTS will meet at Southern Fulton at 7:00 p.m. on December 10.


Keystone Awards


At the December TIU 11 Superintendents’ Advisory Council meeting scheduled for this Thursday, a representative from PDE will present the state’s Keystone Awards to the individual schools which had made AYP for two years in a row. Southern Fulton will receive two awards, one for each building. The elementary school and the high school each will have earned six awards for a total of twelve, which means each building has earned the award every year since the program’s inception. This is a remarkable achievement and is a tribute to our faculty, students, and staff. Also, the support of the parents and the Board has been invaluable to the District’s success.


Each building will put its latest Keystone Award on display in its main entrance lobby.




We have had none to date.


Students were given an informational letter for their parents to explain the calls they will receive via AlertNow. In addition to the calling system, the District will continue its practice of notifying the media of any cancellations, delays, or unscheduled early dismissals.


Policy Updates/Job Descriptions


The administration will continue to propose and present policy updates/revisions to the Board in an effort to have the policy handbooks completely up-to-date and “clean” before June 29. The several remaining job descriptions will also be completed and in electronic format.




Meetings with New Board Members


New Board members are asked to schedule orientation meetings with the Administration.




High School Report




Hannah Williams will be attending the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference to represent Southern Fulton High School.  SFEA will be paying for her to attend the conference.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences


Semper Fi Fundraising Efforts


On November 7, Angie Booth worked alongside the Center and Clear Ridge United Methodist Churches in the Forbes Road school district for a dinner fundraiser for the Semper Fi Memorial fund.  Their efforts raised $1,633.00 that evening with an additional $220.00 donated recently.  This will allow the Forbes Road students to participate in the trip this year.  Angie is in the process of working with a local sorority to coordinate a fundraiser for the students of Southern Fulton.  Also, there is a combined effort occurring with all three county high schools to put on a 5K race in April.  Angie’s goal is to raise enough money to have each county school go to Arlington this year.  She plans to continue fundraising so the students of Fulton County can reap the rewards of the Semper Fi trip in future years.  


National Honor Society


National Honor Society has been busy with several activities for the months of November and December.  One of their goals this year is to establish positive student relationships throughout Southern Fulton, therefore, many of the activities reflect this goal.  On November 13, there was a Teacher Kidnap Day.  Students donated money to have a teacher kidnapped each period of the school day.  Teachers were locked in an office and required to sit back and relax for the period while their class enjoyed a free period. They raised $596. 87 and all the proceeds from the day will go to fund a Homecoming dance in January.  

On November 23, they hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner for the Life Skills class.  NHS helped the Life Skills students make a holiday craft and then shared a Thanksgiving meal with them.  In December, they are planning an activity with the kindergarten classes called Letters to Santa.  The kindergarteners will write letters to Santa and they will be delivered to NHS members to reply to the student.  NHS will go into the kindergarten classes dressed as elves to deliver and help the students read their letters from Santa.  They also treat them to some Christmas carols and a small Christmas gift.

Building Usage Requests


January 23 – Homecoming Dance; HS Cafeteria


Parent Teacher Conferences


On Tuesday, November 24 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 25 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. we had Parent Teacher Conferences at the Southern Fulton High School.  We had a total of 33 conferences scheduled, most of which occurred in Grades 7th & 8th.  Teachers were receptive of the timeframes and indicated they would like to continue this in the future. 




·         December 15 – NJHS to Senior Center 10:30 – 12:30

·         December 18 – Safety Committee Meeting 8:00 a.m.

·         December 22 – Grade 8 Vision Screenings

·         December 23 – a.m. Schoolwide Activity p.m. Act 80 Day

·         December 24-January 3 – No School

·         January 18 – No school; possible make-up day

·         January 20 – Financial Aid Presentation @ 2:00 p.m.

·         January 23 – Homecoming

·         January 27-30 – PMEA District Chorus @ SFHS

·         February 12 – No School; possible make-up day

·         February 15 – No School




Elementary Report




Tom Knox and Kathy Cutchall attended a free workshop at the IU on Friday, December 4, 2009, entitled, “Assisting Struggling Students with Reading and Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice”.


Building Usage


Lori Hansroth, County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Coordinator, has requested the use of a classroom on Tuesday, December 22, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of a 4-H meeting.

Activity Run


A shuttle service will be provided for the Christmas concerts on December 14 and 15. Parents, family, and friends may park at the high school and then catch a shuttle to the high school to help reduce parking issues at the elementary school.


Pre-Practicum Student


Elaina Buterbaugh will serve as a pre-practicum student in second-grade with Mrs. Terry Shade. This will take place one day per week from January 25 through April 30, 2010. Miss Buterbaugh is a student at Wilson College.


Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant


Larry Knutson, owner of Penntrails, held a training for our crew members as well as the PCC crew at Greencastle School District on December 1 – 4. They were trained on how to correctly cut a trail. The PCC paid for the entire training.


Work is continuing on the kiosk and the amphitheatre.


Parent Teacher Conferences


Approximately 300 parent/teacher conferences were held at the elementary school.


Parent Luncheon


A parent luncheon was held on November 20 – once again, the luncheon was well attended.


Accountability Block Grant


I will be working on completing a mid-year report that is due very soon.


Upcoming Events



14                7:00 p.m. Christmas Concert for grades K-3

15                7:00 p.m. Christmas Concert for grades 4-6

16                7:00 p.m. Make-up date for grades K-3

17                7:00 p.m. Make-up date for graded 4-6

24-31   No School



Federal Programs Report


Reports for the ARRA (stimulus funding) are due very soon.


Facilities Manager Report




There is a meeting scheduled with Miller Flooring concerning the HS gym floor on Wednesday, December 9.


I will be attending a maintenance supervisor’s meeting at the IU on Friday, December 11.




Business Manager Report




I have contacted Gordon Walker and am in the process of setting up a meeting to go over and review our finances.





Technology Specialist Report




I’m working on our eRate application for the 09-10 school year.  This application allows us to receive rebates for certain services we pay for.  Normally, this includes the following:


  • Basic telephone service
  • Long distance telephone service
  • Cell phone service for certain individuals

We also receive a discount on our telecommunications (fiber line connecting the ES and HS) and Internet (wireless connection) via TIU#11.


I will be researching the approved services list to see if there is anything else we may qualify for.




The annual Pennsylvania Technology Inventory is due shortly.  I will complete the technology phase of this which is due in January.  After that, faculty will complete a technology survey as well.  This is required by the state.