Task force to examine projected enrollments
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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