My goals: Transparency in Government
I will use this web site and other methods to keep the
voters informed about the District and issues in Education.
I will also
encourage the District to make use of their web site to keep the community
informed. School related News
Newspaper week reminds us of need for openness in government Daily Item Editorial
Proposed new Strategic Plan will be presented at the Nov. 19, 2007 Selinsgrove Board meeting
at the Middle School Read it on district's site
Proposed VoTech referendum will be voted Nov 19th School Board meeting
Nov. 14, 2007 4 pm A103 middle school - High School Renovation Proposal
Register to vote - Oct. 9, 2007 is the last day for U. S. Citizens/ PA residents to register for the Nov 2007 election.
You may still register for the April 2008 Primary.
Proposals regarding the renovations and building projects at Selinsgrove Elementary and the High School are available at the Selinsgrove Community Library. They also have a set of agendas and minutes of regular board meetings for the past several years.
Act 34 - Taj Mahal Act - Hearing regarding renovations at Selinsgrove Elementary. September 17, 6:30 pm A 103 Middle School. The hearing is prescribed under state Act 34, it is a chance for the public to voice its thoughts on the school board plan to renovate & expand Selinsgrove Elementary School. Proposed cost $17.7 million. Includes renovations and new gym.
The Federal Government required every district to develop
a Wellness Policy that covers food served or sold at the school and
physical activities provided. Each school district's policy is unique.
Wellness Policy | SASD
Food Service Policy
Does SASD prohibit class parties? NO.
Does SASD prohibit birthday cupcakes? NO.
a school-community culture of Learning
11/7/06 - I proposed the Board be proactive in advertising the November 20, 2006 meeting - EI Asscotiates will make a presentation regarding the Elementary Building project.
10/2006 I circulated over 100 school district surveys that asked how well SAHS is doing in meeting specific needs.
7/11/06 - At the Policy and Education Committee meeting,
I advocated for all Extracurriculars and athletics programs that are
offered to be listed on the website. I proposed this information include
links to relevant policies, forms, and important dates so that all students
and the community has easy access to this information.
I asked that the proposed
budget be available on the website.
4/18/06 - I requested the school calendar for 2006-2007
be posted in the district's web site to facilitate future planning for
families and organizations. It is now
3/2006 - I requested the Board provide a copy of the
Board of Directors Referendum Resolution for the community
Local Tax Study Commission Public Hearing Meeting - Thursday November 16 at 7:00 PM in Room A103 in the Middle School. Call Jeff Hummel, Business Manager, if you have any questions. (372-2209)
Nov 20, 2006 - 7:30 pm - Regular meeting - EI Asscotiates will make a presentation regarding the Elementary Building project.
Policies - all
the district's approved policies should be available online. Draft
policies should be posted, when they are under consideration, with draft
clearly labeled on them.
All forms should be provided online (preferably in
pdf format) so the community can access them.
The release of important information should be timely.
Announcements of all public Board meetings, including
Committee meetings, should be posted in the District
online Calendar and in the
School Board section of the web site, 3 days in advance of the meeting.
The agendas should be available in advance of the meeting. Public committee
meeting minutes should be available online.
SASD Board has a policy on how the public
may address the Board at a meeting. Approved
12/2005 rules for Board Meetings. Contact the main office (374-1144
- Enter 8 for administration, enter 1) for a printed copy.
School-wide reports on standardized testing including
Terra Nova and PSSA scores
should be placed online within 30 days of their receipt. A section should
provide all PSSA reports the district has received.
Reports of the number of students achieving 3 or better
on AP courses should be reported for all AP classes along with the number
of students taking the course. The graduation
rate and drop out rate should also be included in the disclosure.
The Preliminary Budget should be placed online one month
prior to its approval. The Finalized Budget should be posted online.
The full Strategic Plan and any modifications should
be posted online and kept current.
All information that is required to be posted within
the buildings or sent home should also be available in the website.
Building Public Info Bulletin Board - I will
propose a bulletin board be posted at the main entrance to each school
building. This would be specifically used for school announcements,
calendars, district report card, building report cards, PSSA charts
that show the history of the scores the students have achieved, and
all government mandated information.
I believe the Board's current contract offer to the
Teacher's Union should be available online. Several Pennsylvania
school district boards have been open in the process. Dover
School District, Carlise
Area School District, Central
Bucks School District, Pennsbury
School District, Saucon
Valley School District
The amount of student information automatically released
should be very narrow in focus and compliant with laws and regulations.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act - Students' and their parents'
email address should not be released.
The Selinsgrove Area School District currently releases
the following personal information unless the parent prohibits them
from doing so in writing:
Electronic mail address - discontinued
Date and Place of birth
Participation in officially recognized activities
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Degrees, honors, and awards received
The most recent educational agency or institution
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
Federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs)
receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
of 1965 to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory
information categories - names, addresses and telephone numbers - unless
parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information
disclosed without their prior written consent.
"There was a time in American schools when knowledge
came almost exclusively from textbooks and teachers. From them, students
learned what they needed to know to get jobs in the factories and workplaces
of the industrial age. That time has passed. There's been an explosion
of information in the world, more information than anyone could help
to learn in a lifetime, more than a teacher can teach, so now students
need to know where to find that information, how to access it, and how
to use it." Michael Lemonick
The Proposed Budget will be discussed
at the June 5 Board mtg which begins at 7:30 pm in the Middle School.
You can obtain a copy of the 2006-2007 Propsed Budget by contacting the
district main office at 372-2201. The public is invited to attend all
meetings of the board. Public
The 2006-2007 Budget will be finally approved
at the June 26 School Board meeting which begins at 7:30 pm in the Middle
Board Committee Meeting of the Whole will
be held January 11, 2006 7 pm in the library of Selinsgrove Elementary
School to discuss the issues regarding All Day Kindergarten. Please feel
free to attend and share your views.
The agenda will include discussions of a spectrum of
options from continuing with the kindergarten program as is, providing
All Day K with current buildings, providing All Day K with renovations
to buildings, and building a new building in a different location.