Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Board Meeting Recap

May 2017


Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs .

Questions?  We answer any and all questions - we're always happy to hear from you.

communications@ucfsd.net



This Month's Highlights

  • Proposed Final Budget
  • Transportation Study - School Start Times
  • Keystone Exam - Class of 2017 Results
  • New 9th Grade Physical Education Course
  • 1:1  Chromebook Initiative Update
  • Ten Year Facilities Plan Update
  • BoardDocs



Proposed Final Budget


Transportation Study - School Start Times

  • The committee that looked into school start times helped focus the attention of the community on the importance of sleep and, in particular, the driving factors behind adolescents not getting enough sleep.  In addition to a later start time, the committee has identified good sleep hygiene, school day schedules, homework, and bus run length as points of emphasis for next year and beyond.

  • This month, the Board approved a transportation study to evaluate bus routes with an eye towards supporting our shift in school start times and to identify opportunities to reduce bus run times.

  • The study will be conducted by our transportation department with assistance from a company called Transfinder.  Transfinder is the provider of the district's transportation software and has expertise in transportation management.  


Keystone Exam - Class of 2017 Results


New 9th Grade Physical Education Course

  • This has been a topic of much conversation in recent months.  The course is designed to foster team building and cooperation among 9th graders using a "challenge course."  Students will be assembled in small groups and given physical challenges to overcome together.  The UCF Education Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to help with the startup of this program.  Initially envisioned as a high ropes challenge course, the current proposal is for a low ropes challenge course using the outdoor classroom behind Patton Middle School.


1:1  Chromebook Initiative Update

  • This past year the middle school rolled out enhanced technology to support classroom learning.  The Chromebook 1:1 initiative has resulted in measurable improvements in the 5 C's (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Cooperation, Communication).

  • The rising 8th graders will be keeping their Chromebooks, taking them to the high school next year, and using them as 9th graders.  Decisions about the correct device strategy to use in the high school will be evaluated next year using results from this class.


Ten Year Facilities Plan Update

  • Well managed, safe and secure facilities are a foundation to a good learning environment. In March, the Board evaluated the current long range plan - testing to ensure that it supports the educational program while also "living within our means."  This "long view" allows the Board to better manage budgets and arrange financing as needed.  For the past several years, funds have been available to support the Plan - going forward there is a need to borrow.

  • After the March review, the Board asked for further details and alternatives.  These were presented and discussed in May.


BoardDocs

  • Transparency is a core value of the district and we have been aware for sometime that the current system of making Board documents and policies available to the public has many limitations.  Meanwhile, advances in technology and software have expanded - allowing districts to now bring together the power of cloud computing, multimedia content, and process automation.

  • The Board agreed to purchase a new Board meeting/public document system named BoardDocs.  The system supports greater transparency through online search criteria of documents, meeting minutes, and Board meeting videos.  The system will replace our current policy center and Google based Board document files.





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Friday, March 31, 2017

March Board Recap

March 2017

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs .

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This Month's Highlights

  1. U-PRISE

  2. Middle School Canvas/Chromebook Initiative Year One Review

  3. New Athletic Director Position

  4. Curriculum and Ed Tech Committee Meetings to be Streamed

  5. School Property Tax Board Resolution

  6. School Start Times - Public Input Requested

  7. Facilities Planning



U-PRISE

  • Leah Reider and Shannon Brown, leaders of the Special Education Department, updated the Board on this relatively new organization within UCF.  U-PRISE is unique in the county and has grown significantly in a short amount of time.  It is "a place for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes.

  • The monthly meetings are recorded and posted to the Special Education department website with presentation materials.

  • The meetings are open to the public and the topics are often of interest to parents and guardians of all children.  The January meeting on Executive Function included tips that all parents can use in helping their students organize and plan their work.

  • Click here to go to the U-PRISE home page on the website.


Middle School Canvas/Chromebook Initiative Year One Review


New Athletic Director Position

  • Over the past month the Administration has been collecting community input and refining the job description and goals for this new position.  The District will be looking for a "creative and strategic thinker who will engage with administrators, educators, parents, and students to help enrich the student 7-12 experience".

  • Click here to review the updated job description


Curriculum and Ed Tech Committee Meetings to be Streamed

  • Transparency and community engagement are core UCF values.  The data shows that our community finds the live streams and archives of Board meetings as valuable.  Views of these meetings continue to climb.  The Board has decided to extend this live streaming to all committee meetings as well.  The Board believes that valuable information is presented and considered during these sessions and that the video archives will be valuable to the public when seeking background information on relevant topics.


School Property Tax Board Resolution

  • The Board has issued a resolution, stating it's position on legislation being considered in Harrisburg that would eliminate school property taxes (SB 76).

  • Click here to review the resolution


School Start Times - Public Input Requested

  • John Nolen provided an update to the Board on this initiative.  Initially started 3 years ago in a UHS classroom, the idea of improving student health by starting school later in the morning has grown into a district and county-wide initiative.  The IU, through it's sponsorship of a student forum evaluated the opportunity and found strong evidence to support a change in start times and now we are one of several county school districts evaluating this opportunity and it's impact on the community..

  • Our own SST committee has spent months evaluating the issue.  Their consensus is that a 25 minute later start time for MS/HS will improve student health while minimizing disruption to stakeholders.

  • During the month of March administrators held meetings with all students grade 4 through 11.  There have been numerous public meetings, presentations  with PTOs and several meetings with staff.

  • The Administration and the Committee will be reviewing what they have learned from stakeholders at their next meeting on April 5th April.  At that time they will preparing a presentation to the Board that includes the community's feelings and the Administration's recommendation.

  • Click here to learn more and provide your input.


Facilities Planning

  • A special Facilities Committee meeting was held to evaluate long term building and grounds needs.

  • Well managed, safe and secure facilities are a foundation to a good learning environment. In this meeting the Board evaluated in some depth the long range plan - testing to ensure that it supports the educational program while also "living within our means".  The plan anticipates future facilities needs -  from upgrades and improvements to routine maintenance - all designed to support the district's excellent educational program.  This "long view" will allow the Board to better manage budgets and arrange financing as needed.  For the past several years funds have been available to support the Plan - going forward there is a need to borrow.

  • Click here to watch the video

  • Click here to review the documents









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Friday, March 3, 2017

February Board Recap


February 2017

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are available online on Board Docs .

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This Month's Highlights

  • Ten Year Plan Funding Requirements
  • This Year's Curriculum Cycle Complete
  • School Start Time Proposal Ready for Public Review and Comment
  • Budget - Preliminary Budget Approved
  • Legislation - Discussion About State Taxing Formula
  • Wellness Committee - "How to Raise and Adult" Talk
  • Diversity Training Scheduled
  • Tom Day Selected as Board Member
  • Tim Hoffman Approved as Director of Curriculum
  • Linda Miller Approved as Secretary to the Superintendent

Ten Year Plan

  • Well managed, safe and secure facilities are a foundation to a good learning environment. The "Ten Year Plan" is a process that anticipates future facilities needs -  from upgrades and improvements to routine maintenance.  This "long view" allows the Board to better manage budgets.  For the past several years funds have been available to support the Plan - going forward there is a need to borrow.

  • The Board has decided to hold a public meeting to review the Plan and priorities.  The date for this meeting has not been set yet but is expected in March or early April.

  • Click here to watch the Board discussion on the Ten Year Plan.

Curriculum

  • The Curriculum Department re-evaluates and revises curriculum by subject area on a 5 year cycle.  The final issue up for discussion for this year's cycle was related to the Health and PE curriculum - specifically a proposal to build a low ropes course.

  • The Board asked that a summary of this year's curriculum innovations be developed and shared with the public.  Click here to review the summary.

  • The Board, reflecting on community input, has also decided to begin live recording the Curriculum and Educational Technology Committee Meetings - to begin in March.

  • Click here to access our new and improved Curriculum Department website, including links to all curriculum by grade and subject with all committee documents.

School Start Time

  • The Committee has achieved consensus around one option and they are sharing it with the community for review and comment prior to a final presentation to the Board in April.

  • Click here to access the Committee's website, where you will find details of the recommendation and all the resources used by the committee to develop this proposal.

Budget

  • The Preliminary Budget ($85,610,587) was approved.

  • Tax increases to support this plan

    • Chester County millage rate would change from 27.69 to 28.68

    • Delaware County millage rate would increase from 23.56 to 23.85

Legislation

  • The PA legislature is considering a bill to change the funding formula for public schools.  Although the District normally refrains from political involvement, it considers this a very important issue and one that the Board and the community may want to weigh in on.

  • Click here to listen in on the Board's discussion.

Wellness Committee Update - "How to Raise and Adult" Talk

  • The book and talk provided food for thought and an opportunity for reflection.  The Board and Administration are committed to the students in our schools.  The District's mission is to help them to be successful in life - to become adults who academically prepared, hard working and able to overcome adversity.  Finding the right balance between academics and wellness, although a challenge, is key to UCFSD delivering on it's mission.

  • Dr Sanville is working with his team to identify next steps.  He has already met with his administrative team to debrief and will be meeting directly with high school students over the next month.

  • Julie Lythcott-Haims applauded the Board for their efforts to look at later school start times and the high school schedule.

  • Click here to listen to John's comments on this.

  • The Julie Lythcott-Haims talk is available on line.

Diversity Training

  • Training has been scheduled for February 28, 2017, delivered by the Crime Victims Center of Chester County. The purpose of the training is to raise greater awareness, appreciation and sensitivity in the workplace. Dr. Sanville said that all 20 District Administrators are scheduled to attend and all Board Members are invited as well.

Tom Day Selected as Board Member

  • The Board selected Tom Day to fill the vacancy in Region B.  You can learn a bit more about Tom on our Board Bio page.

Tim Hoffman Approved as Director of Curriculum

  • Tim was selected from among a very strong pool of candidates.  He will remain the Patton Middle School Principal through the end of the school year.  A thoughtful and careful search will commence shortly for Tim's replacement.

Linda Miller Approved as Secretary to the Superintendent

  • Linda has done an outstanding job as Office Manager for Unionville High School and John is excited to have Linda on board.  





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Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Board Recap

January 2017

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs .

Questions?  We answer any and all questions - we're always happy to hear from you.

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This Month's Highlights

( What does it say that the list of highlights is ½ page long this month?!  It sure has been a busy.)


  • The Everyday Rules of Spectacular Parents

  • Dr. Michael Rock's Resignation

  • Climate Presentation

  • Proposed Preliminary Budget Approved

  • Discussion of Student Fees

  • Discussion of Substitute Salary Rates

  • New Communications System Investigation

  • January is Board Recognition Month

  • Annual Audit Findings

  • Region B (Newlin, Pocopson and Birmingham) Board Member Candidate Interviews

  • Annual Audit Findings

  • Farewell Ken Batchelor

  • Community Comments

  • Board Comments

  • New Assistant Superintendent Contract

  • New Superintendent Contract

  • 2017-2018 Calendar Approved





The Everyday Rules of Spectacular Parents

The artwork from 50 student artists from our community were published in The Everyday Rules of Spectacular Parents.  Students were presented first editions of these beautifully bound hardcover books. The book is published by Capital Reath Associates, whose owner, Randall Stutman, is a friend of John Sanville's.

Click here to see pictures from the event



Dr. Michael Rock's Resignation

During Board comments, Dr. Rock read a prepared statement and resigned.  

Click here to watch Dr. Rock's Comments

Click here to watch Vic Dupuis' response



Climate Presentation

The results of last year's climate survey were presented to the Board this month and the findings were very favorable.

The climate survey provides district administrators with valuable information about the school environment.  Indicators of climate include, safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationships, institutional environment, social media and staff.

Building principals have been meeting with their staffs to evaluate the findings, discovering reasons for success and targeting actions for areas of improvement.

Below, I cut and pasted one page from the presentation that includes NCSI's summary of areas of strength and areas for potential improvement.  Go to the presentation to see a summary of results and action plans.  The administration plans to conduct surveys every other year.

Strengths

  • Safety Rules and Norms was a major area of strength across all schools

  • Social Support- Adults, Respect for Diversity, and Social Support- Students were great strengths district-wide; these dimensions fall under the broader school climate category of Interpersonal Relationships

  • Physical Surroundings garnered very positive scores from the student, staff, and parent populations at all school sites; this is highly interrelated to students' very positive perception of Sense of Physical Security

Areas for Potential Improvement

  • Sense of Social-Emotional Security emerged as an area for improvement district-wide among students that cuts across school level, gender, grade, and race/ ethnicity

  • Social and Civic Learning is cited by high school students as an area for potential improvement

Click here to watch the Board discussion on school climate



Proposed Preliminary Budget Approved

Each year at this time the administration puts forward a budget plan for the next school year.  It signals the beginning of a multi-step process leading to an approved final budget in June.  Of note this year, the proposed preliminary budget does not include using any "exceptions" to allowable tax increases (exceptions can be claimed by a District to increase taxes beyond state limits, helping to offset exceptional cost).

Click here to review the calendar of key budget dates



Discussion of Student Fees

The Board asked for and reviewed current student fees.  The conversation included a review of the history of fees and comparisons to other districts.  This was not a voting item, but is a matter the Board plans to review as part of the budget process.

Click here to review the chart of student fees

Click here to watch the Board discussion on student fees



Discussion of Substitute Salary Rates

Finding enough substitute teachers to meet demand is becoming increasingly challenging and the Board discussed options for meeting demand, including adjusting salary rates.

Click here to review the chart of substitute salaries



New Communications System Investigation

The District is investigating modernizing its communication system, including new websites, a more feature rich contact management database and greater automation of the creation and delivery of messages through email, social media and mobile devices.

Click here to review the presentation



January is Board Recognition Month

Every January we take a moment to acknowledge the service of our volunteer Board members.  They devote countless hours on behalf of our students and community.  Each Board member was presented with a plaque and a book was purchased in their honor for each school library.

Click here to view the resolution read by John Sanville



Annual Audit Findings

The annual audit resulted in a clean bill of health for the district with all compliance requirements in order.  The summary report highlights that the District will continue to see rising costs for PSERs (the staff pension plan), although the rate of growth appears to be leveling off.

Click here to view the audit report

Click here to view the audit summary report



Region B (Newlin, Pocopson and Birmingham) Board Member Candidate Interviews

Click here to watch the interviews of four candidates to fill the vacancy created in Region B by the resignation of Dr. Rock.



Farewell Ken Batchelor

Assistant to the Superintendent, Ken Batchelor attended his last UCF Board meeting before starting in his new role as Superintendent of the Radnor School District.  Ken has been with the district for many years, starting as a teacher.  He is much admired by the staff, Board, community and coworkers several came to the meeting to recognize Ken's service and wish him good luck.

Click here to watch the tribute to Ken



Community Comments

Click here to watch the community comments

[During the community comments there was a surprise "flash mob" in support of Jason Throne (UHS Vocal Director) - click here to watch his talented students express their support in song.]



Board Comments

Click here to watch the Board comments



New Assistant Superintendent Contract

The Board voted unanimously to approve a new contract for John Nolen.  John moves into this role, replacing Ken Batchelor.  John has also been with the District for many years, as a principal and Director of Curriculum.

Click here to watch the Board discussion

Click here to review the contract



New Superintendent Contract

The Board voted unanimously to approve a new contract for Dr. Sanville.  The Board has made a detailed explanation of their rational for this available in Board Docs.

Click here to watch the Board discussion

Click here to review the contract

Click here to review a White Paper narrative prepared by the Board

Click here to review a bulleted list of the Board's rationale



2017-2018 Calendar Approved

The annual calendar is developed first with input from a diverse group of stakeholders and then through public review and comment.  The general outline of the calendar remains largely the same as in past years.  Of note, this year the Board, upon reflection of community input, has decided to honor the traditions of the Chinese New Year (February 16th) and Diwali  (October 19th).  On these days schools will be closed for teacher in-service.

Click here to review the approved 2017-2018 calendar








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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December Board Recap

December 2016

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs .

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Highlights from the December Board Meetings

Annually, in December, the Board selects its president and vice-president.  Additionally, this month the Board held an executive session, an abbreviated Curriculum/Ed Tech meeting to review the International Baccalaureate Program report, and an abbreviated regular Board meeting to take action on a few items.

  • International Baccalaureate Presentation and Recommendation
  • Board Leadership Remains the Same
  • Justin Webb Hired as New Director of Technology
  • Ken Batchelor Hired as Superintendent of Radnor School District
  • The Board Plans for John Nolen to Become our Next Assistant Superintendent
  • Denise Miller
  • ​​​​​​​Board Comments



International Baccalaureate (IB) Presentation and Recommendation

The idea to evaluate the IB program for the high school came from the AT and STEM committees last year and became a Board goal for this year.  Members of the committee presented their evaluation at the last Curriculum Council, and this month they provided a review and recommendation to the Board.

While the committee noted many potential benefits for our students, they recommended we pause this initiative for one year, using the year instead to develop new scheduling options for the high school.  The committee noted that more time was needed to continue to investigate IB and further involve faculty, parents, and staff in the discussion.

Click here to review the PowerPoint presentation



Board Leadership Remains the Same

Vic Dupuis and Jeff Hellrung were reelected to their posts as president and vice-president.

Click here to watch the process and final vote



Justin Webb Hired as New Director of Technology

Justin Webb joins UCFSD as Director of Technology.  He comes to us from a similar role at The Spring-Ford School District.  Justin will begin in mid-January.

Click here to review the discussion and vote



Ken Batchelor Hired as Superintendent of Radnor School District

It was with reluctance that the Board accepted Ken's resignation, effective January 27th.



The Board Plans for John Nolen to Become our Next Assistant Superintendent

Pending Board approval, John Nolen will move into Ken's role in January, and the Board will begin the process of hiring a new Director of Curriculum.



Denise Miller

It was with great sadness that John Sanville announced to the public the passing of Denise Miller, a valued member of the UCFSD family for over 30 years.  She was the Board Secretary and was recognized by Dr. Sanville for her support to him and the Board.

Click here to watch John's remarks



Board Comments

At every Board meeting time is reserved for comments from the public and the Board.

Click here to watch residents' comments 
Click here to watch Board comments





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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Board Meeting Recap

November 2016

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our YouTube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs .

Questions?  We answer any and all questions - we're always happy to hear from you.

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Correction to October Board Recap

In the October Board Recap, I erroneously reported that the auditors recommended that we eliminate the PSERS reserve and collapse it into the general reserve.  That is not correct; the auditors did not recommend the change; it was a recommendation of the Business Office.  

Having a separate PSERS fund is a valid accounting option and is utilized by other Pennsylvania school districts.   The Business Office recommendation to move the funds from the PSERS reserve to the General reserve was reviewed with the auditors but did not originate with them.

The reasons for having separate reserves can be complicated and nuanced.  This link will take you to the point in the Board meeting where the Board discusses their rationale for keeping or eliminating the PSERS reserve.


Highlights from the November Board Meetings

  • Curriculum Change Proposals
  • Growth and Achievement Report
  • School Start Time Study Update
  • New Wellness Committee
  • Finance - Use of Refinancing Savings
  • Resident and Board Comments



Curriculum Change Proposals

A large number of curriculum changes were approved this month.  Below is a summary of the approved changes with links to more detailed explanations.

About Curriculum Planning

Our district has a formal curriculum review process.  Individual disciplines are reviewed yearly based on a rolling schedule, commonly referred to as the curriculum cycle.

The best practices and current philosophies of each discipline are carefully studied by teams of experienced teachers and administrators in order to develop curricular creativity and examine understandings leading to changes in the curriculum.  The team develops and recommends needed changes to the curriculum, aligning resources and professional development as part of the process.  

The curriculum changes are then presented to a "Curriculum Council".  This district-wide committee of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and board members helps identify curriculum and instructional needs and provide feedback on plans to improve curriculum and instructional programs on a yearly basis.

Finally, the curriculum changes are reviewed and approved by the Board.  This month the Board approved the following changes:

Social Studies

Four courses are being revised. 
6th Grade Social Studies 
7th Grade Social Studies 
8th Grade Social Studies 
10th Grade World History

One course is being replaced. 
12th Grade Civics

Technology and Engineering

Based on the success of the new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses, an additional PLTW course was approved.
Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

As part of last year's curriculum cycle, several new programming offerings were introduced.  This year, a proposal was approved for a new 7th grade programming course, building on the existing K-6 offerings.
7th Grade Computer Programming

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education educators presented a new theme for their instruction - Mindful of the Present… Preparing for the Future

The new Health and Physical Education curriculum represents a significant reorganization and rethinking of the curriculum from K through 12.  They will begin utilizing a common language, "Be Safe, Be Open, Be Present", that will be used in all grades and buildings.

The new curriculum is wellness-centered and is designed to focus on educating the whole child with an array of innovative offerings, providing students greater flexibility and variety.

The curriculum will be upgraded with the following courses:

  • Wellness I = 9th Grade Health (3 days per cycle) 
  • Wellness II = 11th Grade Health
  • Lifelong Fitness Through Activity = 10th PE
  • Games
  • Adventure Based and Mentoring Education

New courses added:

Graduation requirements have been reduced from a 4 year requirement to 3 years.

Health and Physical Education (PowerPoint presentation) 
Watch the presentation on our YouTube Channel

Sports Medicine

A new sports medicine course will be offered as a partnership between Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and Technical College High School designed to prepare students for future careers in healthcare.

The course will be a comprehensive, 1-year, partial day (1.5 hours/day) program combining classroom theory and hands-on experience.  CTE-certified teacher with years of sports medicine field experience will teach the course.  

In partnership with Technical College High School, the course will be housed at UHS and eventually offered to students throughout the county.

Sports Medicine (PowerPoint presentation)  
Watch the presentation on our YouTube Channel



School Start Time Update

The advisory committee had their first meetings this month and Dr. Owens presented the science.  The committee has developed a website intended to support its process and to make its evaluation transparent to the public.

  • Six transportation options have been developed by the Transportation Department as a baseline for discussion.
  • A blog has been developed recapping the meeting discussions.

School Start Time Committee Website



Growth and Achievement Report

Each principal provided their annual update to the Board.  The presentations drew heavily on data derived from the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS).  PVAAS provides educators information to help measure student learning.  The administration uses the information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of groups of students, as well as individual students.

Overall, the report showed excellent achievement scores across the district, meeting or exceeding the growth standard in all subject areas when looking at the district in aggregate.  The School Performance Profile scores were impressive.  Notably, UHS received the top score in Pennsylvania this year.

Each principal reiterated that there is always work to be done and there are certainly areas for improvement.  The theme of continuous improvement through careful analysis of student learning needs came up time and again.  Instructional adjustments through the curriculum cycle and a commitment to teacher training and professional development were noted as strengths of the district's approach.

Growth and Achievement Report (PowerPoint Presentation) 
Watch the presentation on our YouTube Channel



New Wellness Committee

A new Board Wellness Council has been developed and will have its first meeting December 2nd.  The function of the Wellness Council will follow roughly the format of the Curriculum Council. This district-wide committee of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and board members will help to identify wellness needs and provide feedback on plans for wellness initiatives.



Finance - Use of Refinancing Savings

The Board agreed (7-2) to move savings from this year's bond refinancing to the capital reserve where the funds would be used quickly on approved capital projects.  



Resident and Board Comments

At each Board meeting, time is set aside for resident and Board member comments.  Click on the links below to watch this portion of the meeting.

Resident and Board Comments - Work Session 
Resident Comments - Board Meeting
Board Comments - Board Meeting



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