Dear Parkland Community,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.
I am happy to share some important information regarding the culmination of our three year capital improvement plan that included the borrowing of $10M. The paving, roofing, HVAC, lighting and other facility upgrades that we made will allow Parkland to maintain high quality facilities that are safe and secure as well as mitigate financial challenges in the future that could surface if maintenance issues were ignored. Many upgrades allow our buildings to operate more efficiently by conserving energy. Of course, the major part of the plan included two years of renovation at Kratzer Elementary School, which last received renovations in 1991. I am happy to report that the project finished on time to welcome students back into what feels like a brand new school. We will open our doors to the community with a Rededication and Open House in the building on Sunday, October 4 at 2 PM and we welcome you to attend!
Another capital improvement project that is about to get underway includes the installation of synthetic turf at the soccer/track stadium on Parkland High School’s campus. The School Board chose Sprinturf turf and a CushionFall Sport infill that includes a coating on the synthetic crumb rubber that is designed to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds and heavy metal leachate by more than 80%. In short, the School Board chose to upgrade the infill in order to make an already proven safe substance even safer as the health and wellness of our students and community members is of utmost importance. We anticipate completion of the turf project to be by December 1st. We look forward to seeing many community organizations take advantage of the new surface as well as watch our high school field hockey, lacrosse and soccer programs compete on it. For those who wish to leave a legacy gift and have their name engraved on a donor wall plaque at the athletic stadium, the opportunity exists to support the turf project can be found here.
2015-16 School Year Theme
The Parkland School District holds a long-standing tradition of annual district themes. The themes serve as a framework to guide the efforts of the entire school community. This year’s theme brings our focus on three words that don the front of Parkland High School – Academics, Arts and Athletics. It is my belief that by providing opportunities in these three areas, we are able to teach the whole child and help students find their inner spark which we hope will carry them into the world as active citizens who thrive no matter where they choose to live. Our staff tirelessly works to maintain excellent academic offerings that are rich in opportunities, including a host of Advanced Placement courses that are approved by the College Board and more than 160 electives at the high school level. Our students have access to many art, music and theatrical programs as well as clubs and activities which provide co-curricular experiences across many disciplines. On the front page, I am proud to showcase that Parkland was ranked the top public high school athletic program in Pennsylvania.
I want to take a moment to thank the School Board for deciding to re-engage Dr. Troutman and I to lead the District over the next six years. It is truly my honor and privilege to serve this wonderful community and I thank everyone in our community for their confidence in me and for their support of this District and its children. This summer, Parkland also extended its agreement with the Support Staff union, a sign that our employees are happy and we are thankful for the positive work culture that we have here in Parkland as well as for the many wonderful employees who will be affected by this agreement.
I wish all of our families and staff to have a wonderful start to the school year filled with learning and personal discovery and growth.
Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent of Schools
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