Dear Methacton Community,
Please be advised that this coming Monday evening, February 6, 2017 (7 p.m. at Arcola Intermediate School), the Board of School Directors, for what is planned as the last information meeting on school consolidation process, will hear from Milone and MacBroom on remaining matters.
In general, the options before the Board are as follows:
The Board will hold a special meeting on November 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Arcola Intermediate School, during which the enrollment and capacity study will be presented. This study is available for download and review by the public in advance of this meeting.
Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe presented the Board with a revised timeline that addresses the district's continued work related to the matter of school consolidation.
During his presentation, Dr. Zerbe noted three potential outcomes to consider - no revisions to attendance boundaries or school closure, a redrawing of attendance boundaries with a school closure, and a redrawing of attendance boundaries without a school closure - there are several key items that the Board will have to consider in the coming weeks to months:
After discussion, the Board directed Dr. Zerbe to prepare a request for proposal (RFP) to solicit vendors to conduct a second enrollment projection and, if needed, use the enrollment projections and initial related data to assist the district with re-drawing of boundary lines.
The timeline is also designed with a deadline for the Board to make a decision on whether or not to close a school, and finalize any necessary redrawing of attendance boundaries before January 15, 2017 if a change is planned for the 2017-2018 school year. This deadline, while not required by law, is Dr. Zerbe's recommendation in order to allow families and staff ample notice of any changes that are planned for the following school year.
School Consolidation Update - 1-27-16
Last evening at their regular monthly meeting, (January 26, 2016) the Board of School Directors determined that the collection of information and the discussion regarding school closing and consolidation shall remain a topic of discussion for the Board. The Board additionally decided to announce that a school closure will not occur for the 2016-2017 school term.
These decisions by the Board provide thoughtful action that will allow for the administration and staff to prepare for the 2016-2017 school term and to provide current and new Methacton families with appropriate notice to enroll and or prepare for the coming year. In addition, these actions not only continue the information gathering and discussions by the Board, but require me, the Superintendent, to provide a new timeline for the Board’s consideration and information gathering processes to be discussed at the February Board meeting.
The decision to act last evening was predicated by many factors including the School Board having recently seated six new directors, each of whom need to become knowledgeable with all aspects of the school consolidation/closing process and available information. An updated timeline will include the establishment of confidence in any resulting data, including enrollment projections. Other considerations will include how the timeline can appropriately involve the community in such an important process and the recent work with Strategic Planning.
Dr. David Zerbe
Superintendent of Schools
School Consolidation Update - September 10, 2015
The Redrawing of Attendance Areas committee completed their review of the vendor presentation scoring. Please know that there were four vendors that presented to a collective group of 19 school consolidation committee members. Each member scored vendors and scores were totaled. The lowest scoring vendor will not be asked to present again in the future to the School Board or public. The committee recommended that the remaining three vendors present in public. These presentations will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the MHS LGI. At this time, school board members and well as concerned citizens can hear the presentations. Once these presentations conclude, the Superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board of School Directors to contract with one of the three vendors for phase one of a two phase project. The first phase will be about conducting an enrollment projection that can be used to compare to our existing PEL projections and the second phase, if needed, will be to use the enrollment projections and initial related data to assist the district with re-drawing of boundary lines.
- Mary Katona, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Troy Sosnovik, Director of Technology, Student Accounting, and Safety
- John Andrews
- Christopher Beck
- Jeff Dowds
- Robert Fleming
- Joyce Magann
- Andrew Sandner
- Jenyi Yu
- Susan Angstadt, Director of Pupil Services
- Robert P. Harney, Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel
- Darlene Balaguer-Piernock
- Jennifer Cancro
- Ed Crenshaw
- Monty Harrison
- Ashley Power
- Mark Fretz, Director of Facilities
- Stuart Whiteleather, Director of Business Services
- Patricia Alzamora
- John Kaufman
- Doug Kenwood
- Robert Laws, Transportation Manager
- Mary Hull
- Allison Navarrette
- Sal Pantano
- Darline Primavera
- Jackie Sunderland-Maestrale