Progress Update 12-20-16

  • A committee comprised of various district leaders met on Wednesday, December 7 to witness four presentations from Student Information System vendors for purposes of evaluating potential solutions.  The next step will be to review the information gathered for purposes of identifying follow-up questions for future evaluations. This committee plans to select no less than two vendors to bring forward to a larger group of stakeholders in planning for a final recommendation due to the Superintendent in January.
  • On Wednesday, November 9, an informational presentation for parents on school emergency response terminology was presented in the LGI at Methacton High School. The presentation was guided by Troy Sosnovik, Methacton’s Director of Technology, Child Accounting and Safety; Arcola Assistant Principal Ryan Creeden; Arrowhead Principal Aaron Roberts; and Steve Beck, School Safety Coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management. The video of the presentation has been uploaded to YouTube for future viewing:
  • The district hired AEM Architects of Reading, Pennsylvania to provide a facilities assessment of all district buildings. The assessment was completed, presented to the Board of School Directors, and later accepted by the Board in September 2016. Working with the Property Committee of the Board, the administration prepared a draft of possible projects to be funded and potentially implemented in the summer of 2017. At the same time, the administration is working on issuing an RFI seeking professional services firms that can advise, design, coordinate, and manage school capital improvements/repairs/replacement projects as described in a recent district-wide facilities assessment study. The RFI is planned to be distributed before the winter holidays with responses due at the end of January 2017.


Progress Update 11-3-16
Safety audits of the interior and exterior of Methacton High School, Arcola Intermediate School, and Skyview Upper Elementary School are planned for this school year. Most recently, several of our administrators, working with Montgomery County Office of School Emergency Planning, prepared a November presentation that is designed to help families understand the district’s important safety and emergency response terminology.
In operational technology, an administrative committee has formed and has begun work to develop a rubric for evaluating potential Student Information Systems. It is clear that our current Student Information System lacks many of the features and operations that allow staff to leverage information and communications. As such, the next step will be to reach out to potential vendors, and invite wider participation on the committee for the purpose of vetting potential systems in December. The intent here is to make a recommendation to the Superintendent in January.
Central to a goal in this Focus Area is the Board’s recent adoption of the facilities assessment study in October. The study and the accompanying workbook will serve as a basis for decisions on district facilities for the next 5-10 years. A discussion of administrative recommendations related to the plan is planned for the November property committee meeting.