December 10, 2014

A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.

West Shore Foundation

The group had the opportunity to learn more about the purpose and mission of the West Shore Foundation. Mr. Scott Goodlin, Foundation President, spoke with the group and shared some of the activities the Foundation supports. These include awarding scholarships and leadership grants; providing AED machines in the schools; funding Fitness and Nutrition (F.A.N.) Clubs at the elementary level; sponsoring the Academic Bowl; and financing cultural events, diversity assemblies, field trips, etc. 

Mr. Goodlin shared the Foundation is currently working with a consultant, Mrs. Connie Kindler, to review the organizational structure and develop a plan for the Foundation’s sustainability and growth.  As this work continues, the involvement of dedicated and committed individuals from our community will be needed. While the Foundation is working to create its own website, information about the Foundation can currently be found on the District website under the Community tab.

School Performance Profiles

Dr. Stoltz informed the group of the School Performance Profile presentation to be shared with the Board of School Directors at the December meeting. This presentation is posted on the District website, along with detailed notes from the presentation. Since this presentation provided an overview of District level information, in January each school presented building specific School Performance Profiles data during their PAC and PTO meetings. If you would like additional information regarding School Performance Profiles, please contact the building principal.

Budget Presentations

Dr. Stoltz briefly discussed an upcoming budget presentation to be shared with the Board of School Directors at the December meeting. This presentation is posted on the District website, along with additional presentations made throughout the budget process. The presentations contain detailed notes and explanations for the development of a proposed preliminary budget. The development of the 2015-2016 General Fund Budget is an ongoing process, and the public is encouraged to attend Board meetings throughout the next few months to learn more.

Non-Traditional Substitute Program

After learning the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (C.A.I.U.) would not be offering their guest teacher program this year, the District researched its ability to create its own non-traditional substitute program. Mrs. Suzanne Tabachini, Director of Human Resources, coordinated the effort to attract, interview, and train interested individuals to be substitutes. The initial response to our posting led to the interview of more than 50 potential candidates. Following interviews, approximately 35 candidates completed all required paperwork and attended a two-day training offered by the District on December 4th and 5th. The training agenda focused on being prepared, being professional, and being resourceful.

Many of our substitutes are District parents and have been working regularly since their approval. Thank you!

Community members are reminded they can submit ideas for future topics of discussion to any District Voice representative.

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