On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the Parkland Board of School Directors voted to renew the contracts for Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent of Parkland Schools, and Rodney Troutman, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. Mr. Sniscak has served as the District’s Superintendent of Schools since July 1, 2011. Dr. Troutman has also served as the Assistant Superintendent since July 1, 2011.
Under Mr. Sniscak’s leadership, Parkland High School has twice been ranked as a Best High School by U.S. News and World Report, won multiple AP ® District of the Year awards for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing scores on AP exams, won the National Association of Music Merchants Best Community for Music Education Award twice, won an Arts Education School Board Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and won a Pennsylvania Golden Globe award for offering an exemplary World Language Program. Mr. Sniscak is also a steadfast proponent of moving each student forward academically each year and has championed the use of data to support educational initiatives. He has helped the district excel in this regard by creating the open Wi-Fi campus concept which allows students to bring technology devices to school and access the Internet to enhance instruction as well as supported various teacher professional development initiatives designed to enable a growing implementation of blended learning concepts in Parkland classrooms.
During Sniscak’s tenure as Superintendent, the board has unanimously approved the school budgets for four consecutive school years. Mr. Sniscak has also led, with the School Board, numerous cost saving initiatives such as the conversion to natural gas at Parkland High School, Orefield Middle School and Kernsville Elementary School which has saved the District nearly $550,000 per year in utility costs. Other new initiatives include the creation of a Foundation which raises money in support of the school district, created an advertising program that brings in alternative revenues, and taking advantage of bond refinancing initiatives which have saved tax payers $5M over the last four years. He is a proponent of the environment, taking advantage of PPL Lighting rebate programs and creating Green Teams who study energy conservation habits to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all buildings. The result has been a decrease in the District’s overall use of kWh. He has also made facilities improvements including a massive security upgrade that includes the addition of locked vestibules in all buildings and a complete building renovation at Kratzer Elementary School. Plans are underway to install synthetic field turf at the high school stadium this fall.
Richard Sniscak commented, “I consider it an honor of the first order to be afforded the opportunity to serve the District as Superintendent and am excited to continue to serve students, staff, parents, Board, and community members in continuing to provide a high quality education that includes offerings in academics, the arts and athletics.”
Mrs. Roberta Marcus, Master School Director and President of the Board of School Directors stated, “I am proud of our Board’s decision to extend Rich’s contract as he has demonstrated a true sense of loyalty, care and concern for the entire community at the helm of this fine District. We also extend our congratulations to Rod who has excelled in all aspects of leadership during his tenure at Parkland. We are truly fortunate to have this team leading Parkland over the coming years.”