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.
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: Subscribe to Parkland School District Newsletter
Thank you for your continued support.
Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent of Schools
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SUPERINTENDENT’S OBJECTIVE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
- Developing, Implementing and Monitoring of School District Goals and Objectives
Establish short-term and long-term goals and objectives for the School District through research and analysis including input from the Board and the staff and continue to monitor the implementation and attainment of all goals and objectives taking into account future needs of the School District.
- Measuring and Assessing Student Growth and Achievement
Oversee the use of multiple data sources to assess student growth and achievement. Such sources may include Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Advanced Placement Test (AP), National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment (PVAAS), School District assessments and other assessment tools. Oversee student growth and achievement with the goal of developing and expanding student growth and achievement in accordance with their abilities in curricular programs, co-curricular activities and extra-curricular school sponsored activities (including academics, arts and athletics).
- Employing Problem-Solving Skills
Identify the problem and the relevant information toward finding a solution through an unbiased and objective view by using appropriate and different skills, strategies and techniques (methods and tools) that allow for workable and functional solutions tailored to the problem.
- Providing Leadership
Have the ability to observe and be aware of what is going on within the School District; make timely decisions to serve the best interest of the School District; know when to act unilaterally or collaboratively; look for constructive solutions with a focus on moving forward rather than a focus on past mistakes and assigning blame; take responsibility for the entire School District by monitoring the effectiveness of policies; take steps to solve problems timely and efficiently; act with confidence; use strategies that have been well-researched or thought out; communicate positively with solutions in hand or the willingness to find solutions to problems; demonstrate honesty, ethical behavior and act reliably within and without the School District; plan ahead taking into account possible impacts of decisions and being able to consider viable alternatives or contingencies for decisions that do not work out; and inspire others to be the best they can be by giving them the support, tools, training and latitude to pursue goals and objectives for their success and the success of the School District.
- Delegating of Responsibility
Know when to delegate; know to whom to delegate; know how to delegate by clearly defining what needs to be done and when; maintain control by establishing timelines and open communications; address questions and progress; and review all work following completion to assure quality work that meets pre-established standards and expectations.
- Establishing a Working Relationship with the Board of School Directors
Prepare agenda and other meeting materials in timely fashion; attend and participate appropriately in meetings of the Board; keep the Board informed on all matters that may require Board action and on other matters deemed to be appropriate and necessary; provide recommendations based on research and analysis to the Board for formulation of Board policy and other matters that require Board action; implement and interpret Board adopted policies and recommend changes as necessary.
- Managing Personnel
Recruit and assign the best available personnel in terms of their qualifications, eligibilities, certifications and competencies; develop and execute sound personnel policies and practices; accept responsibility for maintaining liaison between staff and the Board; conduct a staff supervisory program; work with supervisory employees in a timely and constructive way to carry out performance evaluations and to correct deficiencies to increase effectiveness.
- Overseeing Curriculum and Instruction
Understand and keep informed regarding all aspects of the instructional program; organize and plan a continuing program for curriculum; evaluate and improve curriculum; utilize the abilities and talents of the professional staff and community to provide input for new and improved curriculum; oversee studies conducted by staff or committees to examine, evaluate and recommend curriculum changes.
- Overseeing Business and Finance
Evaluate financial needs both short-term and long-term; make recommendations for adequate funding for both operating expenditures and capital expenditures; utilize funds efficiently and maintain effective controls to monitor district expenditures to stay within the adopted budget; oversee the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and pursuant to the regulations of the Commonwealth; and oversee the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement.
- Maintaining Communications with Staff, Students and Community
Speak effectively in front of large and small groups; express ideas in a logical and forthright manner; respond timely to questions and requests; listen, absorb and process both verbal and written communications; be receptive to recommendations, new ideas and complaints; and share information openly and frequently.
- Developing and Maintaining Relationships to Foster Community Needs
Develop cooperative relationships and work effectively with the following persons, groups, and organizations to foster community based needs: parents/guardians and patrons; news media; business community; non-profit organizations; charities; service organizations; law enforcement; emergency services; legislators; local, state and federal agencies; governmental entities (including townships and other political subdivisions).
- Engaging in Self and Staff Development
Maintain professional development through engagement in educational pursuits; engage in educational related endeavors (read educational materials, teach educational courses, matriculate in educational courses, attend educational conferences, and participate on educational committees both professional and non-professional); visit or communicate with other public school districts, as well as charter and private schools.
The Superintendent has met the above Objective Performance Standards for the 2016-2017 school year.