Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


District Report


Preliminary Budget Review Process


The administrative staff have meet for the first round of budget preparations to pare and prioritize the budget requests before forwarding them to the board. Once the preliminary numbers are entered into the system, the process will be repeated as necessary before the Board’s budget meeting is scheduled.


TIU 11 Board of Directors’ Convention


Any board member who plans to attend the annual directors’ convention held at TIU 11 should contact Mrs. Feagley for details. Mrs. Hendershot will drive the van if necessary. The convention is April 28.


Architect Interviews


The first round of interviews of firms interested in performing the feasibility study approved in February was held on March 10 and March 11. Of the eight firms who interviewed, four are being requested to return for a second interview. The interview schedule has not yet been determined.


Once the feasibility study is completed, the Board will then determine its next course of action in terms of accepting and implementing the recommendations contained within the study, rejecting the study’s recommendations, modifying the recommendations for implementation, or tabling the recommendations. The Board has committed to this point only to doing the study, which would include a needs assessment.




High School Report


Regional Chorus


SFHS chorus students Mariah Hill and William Taylor recently participated in the PMEA Region III Festival at Somerset High School. The festival choir was under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Chris Kiver of Penn State University. Mariah and William earned their positions in the choir as the result of auditions held at the District 4 Festival held at SFHS in January. At regionals, auditions were held for the All-State Chorus. While our students did not qualify for All-State, they achieved a very respectable 12th place for Mariah and 9th place for William in their respective sections. This is quite a laudable accomplishment given the caliber of competition at the regional level.  Most importantly, they had the opportunity to perform college level music with a world class conductor. This is a rare experience that they will cherish throughout their lives.


News from the Library


Recently approximately 50 books were donated to the Southern Fulton Jr./Sr. High School by an anonymous donor in memory of L. JoAann Mowen.  The books range from various historical topics to those in science.  While the person donating the books declined to give a name so a thank you note could be written it is hoped that word gets back to this person, via the community grapevine, how much the books are appreciated.

New or gently used books are always welcomed at the library and a customized memory or donated by label will be placed inside the books upon request.  Miss Adams is also a member of the Fulton County Library Board of Directors and will gladly accept donations for the Fulton County Public Library’s collection or its book sales.  Please contact Miss Adams at 717-294-3251 x206 or 814-735-4029 for additional information.


Fall Musical Scheduled


SFHS sets date and show selection for the 2010 Fall Musical.  Friday November 5 and Saturday November 6, 2010 are the tentative performance dates for the SFHS Fall Musical “The Wiz”.  Auditions will be held in late May for the students of SF who are interested in participating in this fun filled pop/rock version of The Wizard of Oz.  Popular songs from the show include “Ease on down the Road” and “Brand New Day” and the show is loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz, but was made popular in the 1970’s by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The stage version is different than the movie version and has been done in the recent past in Hanover, PA to rave reviews. 

The production will allow us to showcase dance and choreography as well as the outstanding voices of many of our students.  Once again, our students will be handling many of the prop and scenery aspects of the show and will have a large hand in all facets of the production.


Annual Art Festival Planned for April


The Southern Fulton School District Annual Student Art Festival will be taking place on Sunday April 18, 2010 from 12 noon – 3pm at the SF Elementary School on Great Cove Road.  As in the past, artwork from all of the students of SFES and many of the SFHS students will be on display for the public to see and enjoy. 


There will be a concession stand benefitting the SFHS Art Honor Society which will have baked goods, beverages and hot sandwiches on sale for folk who will be coming directly from morning activities and need a bite to eat.  There will also be face painting and various Kids art activities free and available to kids of all ages!  SFSD school spirit clothing will be on sale in the SFES main lobby and the entire gym space will be used to showcase the student art work.


Elementary Art Teacher Susan Leister will have many projects on display for grades pre K-grade 6 and HS Art Teacher Carolyn Mottern will have displays from HS Photography, Graphic Design, 3-D art and several Jr. High classes exhibited.


All are invited and encouraged to attend this free and fun event! 

artwork by Ellie Mundale gr. 12


Rural Electric Youth Tour


Morgan Mills will be the Southern Fulton teen sponsored by Valley Rural Electric Cooperative to attend the Rural Electric Youth Tour in the nation’s capital.  Morgan will join nearly 1,500 other juniors and seniors from electric cooperatives all over the country.  The tour consists of an all-expense paid trip packed with activities, including meetings with federal legislators and rural electric leaders, visits to historic monuments throughout Washington, and tours of the Smithsonian museums, Holocaust Museum, National Zoo and Arlington Cemetery.


Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

Inspiring, Educational, Compassionate, Energizing, Enthusiastic, Motivating, Transforming, Long-Lasting, and Life-Changing  These are some of the words that students, schools, parents, alumni, volunteers and supporters use to describe Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY).

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.  The Southern Fulton Education Association will once again sponsor a tenth grade student to attend the HOBY conference. 

As part of the selection process, Dakota Unger, the 2009 HOBY nominee, visited all of Mrs. Griest’s classes to discuss his experience with all tenth grade students.  The students were then given applications and Hannah Williams was selected as the 2010 HOBY nominee.  Hannah will attend the HOBY conference at Millersville University, May 20 through May 23.




Elementary Report


Fulton County Extension Office


Lori Hansroth coordinated a program for sixth-grade students entitled, “Friends Helping Friends”; however, there was no interest in the program.  Mrs. Hansroth also coordinated a program for students in grades 3-5 and their parents entitled, “Family Fitness Program”; however, there was only one participant that was interested and the program was canceled. 


Pennsylvania Conservation Corps Grant


Progress is continuing on the kiosk and amphitheater.


Alaska – Herb Brambley


We have been able to Skype with Mr. Brambley on three occasions. Kindergarten, third-grade and fourth-grade students have all had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Brambley. First-grade is scheduled to Skype with Mr. Brambley today.




 Fifty-six students registered for kindergarten for the 10-11 school year.


 Twenty-nine students registered for Pre-K for the 10-11 school year.


Weather Exercise


The elementary school will participate in The Fulton County Emergency Management emergency drill on Thursday, March 18.  The elementary school had a practice drill today in preparation.


Student Teacher


Elaina Buterbaugh will be student teaching with Mrs. Terry Shade in second-grade during the Fall 2010 semester.



Upcoming Events



17   Reading meetings will be held

24   Kindergarten field trip to MD Theatre


1                    Easter Egg Hunt (K- 12:45) Pre-K (10:00 and 1:45)

End of 3rd Marking Period; students take end-of-marking period assessments

2                    No School – Good Friday

5                    School is in session

8                    PSSA testing day for grades 3-6

13                PSSA testing day for grades 3-6

15          PSSA testing day for grades 3-6

18        Art Festival from 12 - 3

20        Kendra to CAC meeting at IU

21        Secretary’s Day; Bible Release ends; Move it Outside Day

22        Earth Day



Federal Programs Report


Mrs. Trail will be attending the Federal Programs Conference next week.

ARRA reports will be due sometime in April.





Facilities Manager Report


Nothing to report.






Business Manager Report




Work on the 2010-2011 budget continues.  Mr. Scott and I have met with Mrs. Trail, Mrs. Younker, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Leisher and Mrs. Hendershot.  Mrs. Trail attended all the meetings. 


On January 27, 2010, seven CD’s matured earning $15,046.00 and on 02/01/10, three new CD’s were purchased with rates ranging from 1.31% to 1.99%.  These CD’s are set to mature on 8/5/2011. 


On February 23, 2010, seven more CD’s matured earning $14,392.00 and on 02/24/10, three new CD’s were purchased with rates ranging from 1.00% to 1.10%.  Two of these CD’s will mature on 08/23/2011 and one will mature on 02/24/2011.


Placed at your seats are additional copies of February cafeteria reports that were sent to you with a Weekly Reader. These reports will be given to you at each monthly board meeting for the previous month.





Technology Specialist Report


Iditarod and Skype


As you know, Mr. Herb Brambley is in Alaska helping with the annual Iditarod.  Via a free program called Skype, we were able to have a video conference from Mr. Brambley’s laptop to a laptop in the ES computer lab.  Students could then see Mr. Brambley (and he could see the students) and ask him questions.


Video Conferencing


The Tuscarora Intermediate Unit has given us two sets of video conferencing equipment.  Each set consists of a 50” plasma high definition TV, video conferencing devices (camera, mic, etc.) and a stand on wheels.  One set will be used at the HS and the other at the ES.  Since each are on a stand with wheels, each can be used in any room with an Internet connection.