Dear Parkland Community,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.
I am happy to share some important information regarding capital improvement initiatives that the Parkland School District has implemented. The Administration recommended and the Board subsequently approved a fifth year of a capital improvement plan that included the borrowing of approximately $10M. This 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.
This was an extremely challenging summer for our maintenance department, as we needed to perform our normal summer tasks and simultaneously complete various capital improvement projects throughout the District. This summer’s capital projects included the installation of an additional toilet facility in a classroom at Schnecksville to accommodate full-day kindergarten. Schnecksville also required work on the air conditioning unit as we needed to replace two compressors in the existing chiller. We also completed concrete and paving projects at Fogelsville, Ironton, Parkway Manor and the Upper Bus Garage at Orefield Middle School. Fogelsville received some roof work and the Parkland High School gymnasium floor was refinished. Finally, the pool liner at Parkland High School was completely replaced.
The Parkland School District uses the theme of “Academics, Arts & Athletics…..Educating the Whole Child” as a framework to guide the efforts of the entire school community. Our Core Team and Cabinet believe this theme describes those values that our administrative team, School Board and community desire in educating our youth.
Our Parkland School District Comprehensive Education is anchored by three primary developmental pillars that focus upon Academics, Arts and Athletics. These remain essential areas of focus with requirements that cross-connect and reinforce each other through a variety of programs, clubs, and activities. Within these three core areas, we have established requirements for completion and advancement.
2017-18 School Year Theme
We encourage all residents to stay informed and read our quarterly newsletter which mails to all who reside in the Parkland School District in September, December, April and June. Residents can also sign up to receive it electronically here: http://www.parklandsd.org/psd_newsletter/subscribe.html
Thank you for your continued support.
Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent of Schools
Welcome Back Video – shared during Opening Day to welcome back all Staff on August 29, 2017