A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.
Discussion was held on the District’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of parents and students, particularly those in eighth grade, to our new course selection manual. We want students and parents to use this tool as a resource to assist them in identifying a pathway to their future. With the manual, it is possible that students can identify a career pathway and then select courses and experiences to help them get where they want to go. The Committee was reminded of the upcoming Middle School Career Fair and visit to Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School. Career coordinators and guidance counselors are available to assist students and parents in planning for their future.
Plans are moving forward for a new K-4 building at the Rossmoyne site. An Act 34 hearing will be held, which is a community presentation to review the need for the project and costs. Meanwhile, the District is working through the permitting process as required by numerous authorities, such as Lower Allen Township and PennDOT.
Dr. Stoltz provided the group with an update on mold remediation. He explained that mold can appear in less than 24 hours, and it can be hard to find at time; often requiring the use of a flashlight. Much of the mold we were facing was a white chalk-like film on porous surfaces, typically wood surfaces such as cabinets, shelves, furniture, etc. Mold was due to numerous factors including a very wet and warm summer, condensation on pipes, and HVAC systems not handling the exchange of air properly. A related discussion involved the District’s consideration to make up some of the missed days for the students at Allen and Crossroads Middle Schools.