Task force to ex­am­ine pro­jected en­roll­ments

The Advance of Bucks County - - BACK TO SCHOOL - By Staff Re­ports

mbkkpBrov – gust how much space is needed in the fu­ture to ed­u­cate el­e­men­tary school chil­dren in the school dis­trict?

That’s the ques­tion a new task force will con­sider while ex­am­in­ing pro­jected en­roll­ments in menns­bury and space uti­liza­tion at the el­e­men­tary level, ac­cord­ing to ar. hevin jceugh, dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent.

jceugh has sent a let­ter to menns­bury el­e­men­tary fam­i­lies about the sit­u­a­tion.

au­r­ing OMNN-OMNO, the NN el­e­men­tary schools in the school dis­trict op­er­ated at SU-per­cent ca­pac­ity over­all, with pro­jec­tions in­di­cat­ing a down­ward trend in en­roll­ments over the next few years.

The bn­roll­ment and ppace rtil­iza­tion EbprF Com­mit­tee, which will be led by pher­wood Tay­lor, menns­bury di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, will de­ter­mine whether there may be a need at this time to con­sol­i­date schools and close at least one el­e­men­tary fa­cil­ity.

jceugh said at least ten years have passed since this type of anal­y­sis was been un­der­taken in the school dis­trict.

“Clearly, there is a need for this is­sue to be stud­ied care­fully and a rec­om­men­da­tion made for how best to ac­com­mo­date our students in a cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner,” jceugh said.

rp­dates on the work of the bpr Com­mit­tee, which is expected to com­plete its work by gan­uary OMNP, will be avail­able at www. penns­bury.kNO.pa.us and dur­ing re­ports made at pub­lic meet­ings throughout the fall and early win­ter.

jfaaib pCel­lip - jean­while, the school board’s fa­cil­i­ties com­mit­tee com­mis­sioned a fea­si­bil­ity study to ex­am­ine much­needed fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments at Charles Boehm and men­nwood mid­dle schools.

The com­mit­tee will de­lib­er­ate and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the full school board on which struc­tural im­prove­ments should be ad- dressed at these schools and when.

Cli­ibCTfsb BAodAfk­fkd - This year, menns­bury faces on­go­ing chal­lenges with re­gard to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for both the pro­fes­sional staff and the sup­port staff. Ac­cord­ing to the jceugh, “The mbA, which is the pro­fes­sional staff, con­tract ex­pired in gune OMNM, so col­lec­tively, the staff will work to­gether to main­tain the sta­tus quo of the old con­tract as well as up­hold menns­bury’s tra­di­tions of ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion.”

The mbpmA Esup­port staffF con­tract ex­pired in gune OMNN and is also main­tain­ing sta­tus quo un­til a new set­tle­ment is reached. “Best ef­forts wLOO FRnWLnuH WRwDUG VHUYLFH DnG HI­fiFLHnFy Ln sup­port func­tions while a new con­tract is ne­go­ti­ated,” he con­tin­ued.

bibAklo ollpb­s­biT obkl­sATflk - An ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion project has trans­formed bleanor ooo­sevelt ble­men­tary pchool. The work be­gan in gune OMNN and will con­clude in the near fu­ture.

The to­tal con­struc­tion cost for the ren­o­va­tion was ANO.9 mil­lion.

CroofCrirj Aka fkpTorCTflk - jceugh said the “con­tin­u­ous cy­cle of cur­ricu­lum re­newal” in menns­bury yields new oead­ing and ian­guage Arts Eo­biAF ma­te­ri­als in grades P-R this year, along with new math­e­mat­ics ma­te­ri­als in grades six through NN.

“These ma­te­ri­als were cho­sen care­fully af­ter years of re­view and re­search,” he said.

This is cur­rently year two of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of obiA Eoe­newal at the ble­men­tary ievel, while mon­i­tor­ing is now be­gin­ning for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new el­e­men­tary math­e­mat­ics pro­gram.

At the mid­dle school level, a re­search-based health pro­gram ti­tled, iife pkills Train­ing, will be­gin this year in Sth grade, with grades 7-U phas­ing in the fol­low­ing years.

“This pro­gram is proven to in­still ef­fec­tive re­fusal skills in students, along with de­creased tobacco and sub­stance us­age, in­creased proso­cial skills and vi­o­lence preven­tion skills,” said jceugh.

This year, the menn­syl­va­nia hey­stone bx­ams will be ad­min­is­tered at the sec­ondary level. These are end-of-course as­sess­ments GHVLJnHG WR HYDOuDWH SUR­fiFLHnFy Ln DFDGHPLF con­tent.

Dr. Kevin McHugh

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