I am extremely honored to be representing the Bethel Park Board of School Directors as its President. If you have attended any of our meetings since our December Reorganization, I hope you have been able to sense the excitement that surrounds this Board—a determination to reach out and make connections not only to our parents and staff, but to the entire community as well.
One of the first things the Board decided, was to change our meeting times from 8 PM to 7 PM. This was done to provide our parents with ample time to attend the meetings and get home at a respectable hour to be with their families.
Additionally, the Board is looking for ways to make our meetings more efficient. One of the things we have done is purchase a software program called Board Docs, which will provide the public with more complete agendas that will be available sooner. Hopefully this will allow the public more time to review the agenda in advance of our meetings, to determine if they have any questions or if they need to attend the meeting to learn more about agenda items of interest. It is our intention to have Board Docs up and running as soon as possible.
The Board is also interested in doing long range planning for the District, particularly in the areas of curriculum, facilities, personnel and finances/budget. Long range planning will enable us to establish a five year look into the future, with a focus on demographics, so we can get a better idea of how many new families are moving into the District, which will greatly assist us with enrollment projections and staffing/facilities needs.
To that end, the Board will conduct a weekend retreat at Central Office, to establish goals and formulate a plan going forward. We look forward to sharing this vision for the future with you.
Another immediate goal for the Board is to strengthen our relationship with the Municipality. Bethel Park is fortunate to be a “one community school district,” and we believe it is more important than ever to work collaboratively on a variety of issues. We have a wonderful partnership with the Police Department to keep our schools and facilities safe, but we see additional partnership opportunities with the Municipality. To that end, we are identifying individuals who can serve as reciprocal liaisons—meeting regularly to discuss mutual concerns and goals. We look forward to the benefits of this partnership.
As you can see, we have a full plate of initiatives that we will continue to share with you as we move forward. It is our overarching goal to make the Bethel Park School District one that will be an even greater source of pride for the community, and one that will continue to attract young families because of the outstanding educational opportunities afforded to their children.
None of this is possible without your support and input. Our contact information is listed on the website, and we encourage you to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our meetings. Don’t forget our new start time—7 PM!
This message appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Bethel Park Chronicles.