Spring-Ford Superintendent David Goodin gave his monthly report at Tuesday's board of education meeting. In it, he discussed the Spring-Ford band, the arts program and various banquets.
But first, Goodin gave a shout out to the special education department for the improvements made on "least restrictive environment" and "graduation dropout rate" categories, which the district was on a warning list for.
Goodin then highlighted various programs and shows he recently got to attend.
The Senior Academic Banquet was held at the high school. Goodin said it was a nice affair and very well organized. Students that received honors had to maintain a 95 percent grade point average throughout their four years in the high school.
He also attended the Eighth Grade Honors Program, which was also a "very nice affair."
"We have a great group of students coming up through the ranks to the high school level," Goodin said.
The Seventh Grade Honors Banquet is tonight at the Seventh Grade Center.
"I'm looking forward to all of these things coming up that highlight student achievement and success," said Goodin.
Goodin and his wife, Lisa, recently attended the high school art show. He encouraged the community to come out and see that the next time an opportunity arises.
"It doesn't surprise me that our students are getting into the best art schools in the nation," Goodin said.
He also attended the 5/6 Center's art show the next day and was impressed with the fine arts program there. He said the district's music, theater and art programs are "second to none" and congratulated those involved.
Goodin reported to the board that it will need to look at the band uniforms in June.
"Apparently our band uniforms are at the end of their life," he said. "I asked the principal at the high school to look into that and come in June prepared to discuss the condition of those uniforms. I understand the band is growing and it's something the board is going to have to consider in replacing those uniforms."
Goodin further explained the importance of the award-winning band program and the need to support the students involved.
Exelon Nuclear gave the district a $4,000 check to support the Limerick-to-Limerick Exchange Program. The district plans on meeting with Exelon this week to discuss other opportunities that may exist for partnerships. Goodin thanked them for their donation.
The Spring-Ford Educational Foundation will be holding a Blue and Gold Golf Outing on Aug 15. Goodin encouraged the community to come out and play some golf.
Goodin concluded with a story about having to kiss a pig at a recent Upper Providence Township event. He said that 600 students were cheering him on. Upper Providence Elementary Principal Melissa Patschke also had to kiss the pig. Goodin joked that this was not in his contract.
myChinese360 Program Moves Forward
The district approved the contract between SFASD and Proximity Learning, Inc. for the provision of the myChinese360 Online Language Program for grade 9-12 during the 2012-13 school year.
"I think it's great," said Board Vice President Joe Ciresi, who has played a role in this initiative. "It's moving forward and the kids are into the program. It all filters into the global institute we're looking to initiate starting in ninth grade."
The total cost of the contract, according to the agenda, includes "software access, instruction, curriculum, training, technology support and reporting." That money will be paid from the Curriculum Budget and does not exceed $400 per student per semester. There are 17 students currently enrolled in the program.
"The hope is we grow to Chinese and another language next year beyond Chinese," Ciresi said. "I think we saved money from the last time we did this. So, I'm all in favor of it."
- Board approved a lease agreement with ePlus for the purchase of laptop and desktop computers, thin clients, and server hardware to replace computers scheduled to be refreshed during the summer of 2012. The lease will include approximately 240 laptops, 50 desktops, and 50 thin client devices. Also included in the lease will be server and storage equipment to support approximately 500 virtual desktops and applications to be deployed in classrooms and computer labs. The total equipment value of approximately $650,000 will be divided into four annual lease payments of approximately $167,000 and will be funded by the Technology Budget.
- A contract was awarded to M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. for the 2012-13 school year. Funding comes from the Maintenance Budget and shall not exceed $3,240.
- The board is going to bid for a contract for the High School B and D wings, as well as the Intermediate/Middle School "HRU #2" for a duct cleaning service. Funding will be paid from the Maintenance Budget and the work will be done in the summer.