Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting


Tuesday, February 15, 2011



District Report




The JOC meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2011, has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2011.  This will allow for more time to secure and review student surveys and prepare budget scenarios. 


Please be patient with the administration as we strive to make changes that are fiscally sound (reimbursement) and focuses on students being college and career ready (NOCTI).


Community Presentation – Fiscal Reality

I am tentatively scheduling the community presentation for Thursday, February 24 in the high school auditorium beginning at 7:00 PM.


PARSS – Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

I will be attending a PARSS meeting next Friday, February 25.



High School Report


Semper Fi Memorial:  The Lance Corporal Steven Szwydek 5K Run / Walk

This annual event is in its second year.  Each year, as it is planned, will alternate between the three Fulton County School Districts that the memorial fund benefits.  This year the run / walk will be held at Forbes Road School District on April 16, 2011 at 9:00 am.  Southern Fulton plans on taking this trip on May 13, 2011.



Christina Zeltwanger donated $2,000 to the Southern Fulton High School.


PHEAA/CAPs Program

February 25 there will be a visit to Juniata College, along with the entire 10th grade class to see “Our Town”.  Juniata is donating the cost of admission for the play and the transportation is being covered by the grant funding. 



Scholarships have always been distributed to the students through their English or History classes.  An additional effort to disseminate scholarship information is now being made through the school website.  Doug Leisher has updated the website with the first scholarship bulletin.  A phone call was made using the Alert Now system contacting all seniors and notifying the parents of the recent scholarship posting.  Additional updates have already been made to the website including posting actual scholarship applications.  We will continue making updates and postings to the website along with distributing information through English classes.


Homebound Instruction

There are 2 students on homebound instruction per doctor’s orders.


Use of Facilities


March 24, 2011; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.– Pesticides meeting with the PSU extension office, Auditorium or Library, Contact Greg Strait


April 3, 2011; 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Fundraiser, BINGO for Shooting Stars, Cafeteria, Contact Linda Bolden


UPCOMING DATES: (Check these dates!!!  If it’s not on here I may not have it!!!)


·         February 21 – No School – President’s Day

·         February 22 – Assembly 1st period – Grades 7-12; Auditorium

·         February 24 – Spring Sports Physicals

·         February 25 – FFA Butcher Day

·         February 25 – 10th Graders to Juniata “Our Town”

·         March 1 – Hazardous Weather Exercise (Tornado Drill)

·         March 4 – FFA Snow Tubing

·         March 11 – Club Day

·         March 11-12 – NJHS Trip to Massanutten

·         March 14-25 PSSA Reading & Math Testing Window

·         March 18, 21, 22 – PSSA Testing for 7, 8, 11th Graders

·         March 18, 21 – Senior Project Presentations in am

·         March 22 – Seniors – Tower Bank Presentation/Casual Pictures

·         March 23-26 Regional Band

·         March 28-April 1 – PSSA Writing Window- 8th & 11th Graders

·         March 28 – PSSA Writing – Day 1 a.m.

·         March 29 – PSSA Writing – Day 2 a.m.

·         March 30 – PSSA Writing – Day 3 a.m




Elementary Report








Pre-K Counts:

PreKindergarten registration will occur at the elementary on March 3, 2011.  I have included an interest survey for parents to determine if they would be willing/able to pay a cost of $10.00 per day if the funding source for the grant is eliminated.


Building Use Request:

4-H requests the use of the Elementary Art room from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM on February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8, 2011.


Homebound Student:

Homebound services for the elementary student ended on February 1, 2011.




Upcoming Events



16                      Wacky Wednesday Patriotic Day-Red, White, and Blue”

18                      School in Session

21                    No School – President’s Day

23                    Wacky Wednesday Hat Day”

23,24              Kindergarten Registration

28                 Faculty Meeting



               3                   Prekindergarten Registration

               13                 Daylight Saving Time begins

               14-25            PSSA Reading and Math (Grades 3-6)

               25                 End of Marking Period Three

               28-31            PSSA Writing (Grade 5)

               28                 Faculty Meeting




Federal Programs Report


The budget allotment for Title I and Title II have been finalized and adjusted.  We have a $120.00 decrease in Title I funding and a $218.00 decrease in Title II funding.  I will be working with staff to adjust our budget amount accordingly.



Facilities Manager Report


Nothing to report.



Business Manager Report


Placed at your seats this evening is an updated 5 year budget projection.  On the second page, under 2011-2012, I removed the estimated Rental Subsidy of $799,909.00 and moved it to the Tax Stabilization Fund.  This amount was updated to $851,486.00 and will be put into CDs as requested by the Board to help pay off debt service.  I also removed the rental subsidy reimbursement for 2011-12 since we don’t have a bond payment scheduled until 2012-2013.  We will still run out of fund balance in the 2014-2015 school year.


Also at your seat, I have placed information regarding the 1993 Bond Series and if there is enough money in the Tax Stabilization Fund to pay off our debt.  After consulting with Gordon Walker, I estimate a shortfall of $121,784.00.  That amount could go up or down depending on interest percentages.



Technology Specialist Report


Nothing to report.




Supervisor of Special Education Report



PASA State Assessment The testing window was opened on February 14 and will remain open through March 25th.  This particular test is limited to individuals who are cognitively impaired to a point that the curriculum must be significantly modified and/or adapted in order to meet student’s needs.  The assessments are videotaped from beginning to end and those videos are sent to the state to be scored. The alternative tests are graded on a similar scale as the PSSA and count toward AYP.  


Occupational Therapist

Mrs. Jenny Morgan currently provides services to 24 students and there are three additional students waiting to be evaluated.  This is a medical expense and can be paid through Medical Access Funds if the student qualifies.



Grant Application

Mr. Harris was awarded a science grant and the company will be sending the items requested through the mail. The grant was approximately $500.00.  Thank You

Mr. Harris for pursuing this grant. 



Our first round of budgets have been carried out.  Currently, we anticipate several students arriving next year, who have significant impairments that will require specialized equipment and contracted Related Services through the IU.


Inappropriate Behaviors on the Rise

As stated previously, inappropriate behaviors continue to be addressed.  These behaviors are not limited to the school, but are occurring on vans and buses too.


Evaluation Requests are on the Rise

So far there have been 8 evaluations carried out this month and we are waiting for the reports which will determine whether or not students meet the criteria to be eligible for Special Education Services.