School board brainstorms ways to increase public engagement, hears makerspace presentation


The school board agreed Tuesday to have open enrollment for additional choice students in kindergarten and grades 7 to 12, but to cap the number of new out-of-district children at 10 each in grades 1 to 6. She said Wick told her he was concerned that he was being called a racist, according to the report.

Additionally, taxpayers of this district can feel fortunate that Altoona Area is in enviable financial shape and that the project will not impose an excessive burden on them, despite the project's $87.3 million cost. Donnelly also has a background in teaching students with disabilities, Heinz said.

The board reviewed the credentials of 16 applicants, narrowing down a list of eight semi-finalists, who were interviewed March 19-20. He noted that Avon Grove, in the past, has taken a band-aid approach to the secondary school buildings, and that was no longer sufficient.

The board is considering a one-year extension to Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal's contract, an action it takes annually following the superintendent's evaluation.

"This is a tight year because of charter school increases, special ed increases", Gallagher said.

"We're still struggling with the ramifications of those decisions", Marchese said.

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Marchese pointed out that the plans now under consideration were scaled back from what was recommended by the district's Facilities Input Group that spent 16 months analyzing the district's facilities needs.

School Board members Charles Beatty III and Auerbach both indicated that they were in favor of keeping the funding level at $105 million to start the planning.

Rogers said even though district voters have demonstrated a willingness to pay for public education with their tax money by voting for bond packages, an increase in taxes collected doesn't translate to an increase in revenue.

The South Middleton school board will vote Monday night on accepting the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Joseph W. Mancuso III effective June 30. "I can't think of a better resource than someone who would know the inside of the buildings like the back of his or her hand", Elkington said, adding that in cases of emergency, building principals or maintenance personnel must be relied upon, and they lack the expertise of law enforcement in dealing with real-time situations. "However, we need them to vote".

As it stands, the School District of Mystery Lake doesn't have an account on either Twitter or Facebook, which, Land believes, would be an invaluable tool in making important information much more accessible to parents. "If they have questions or concerns, they can address them with an officer", Moan said.

He has not returned multiple requests for comment, and the district has declined to comment. The superintendent said the district has improved in his short time here though. The attorney had accompanied Wick to the special February board meeting where school commissioners voted to launch an internal investigation into whether Obeng was the subject of racial discrimination.