Burrell School District forges 6-year vision
The Burrell School District is getting set to release its new, six-year comprehensive plan on Oct. 23.
Assistant Superintendent Matt Conner has led a contingent of parents, along with educational and civic leaders, in developing the state-mandated plan, formerly known as the Strategic Plan.
The group created what they believe is a plan to focus on high standards and expectations regarding curriculum, instruction, supportive programs, parental involvement and shared resources.
“Some of the discussions were heated, but there was good give and take at the committee meetings,” Conner said.
Conner's power point presentation on Tuesday night outlined successes in the district's previous six-year plan, which included achieving federal Adequate Yearly Progress for eight straight years, development of online programs and implementing wireless capability in the district's four buildings.
The school board is scheduled to vote on the plan Nov. 20, and the plan must be submitted to the state Department of Education by Nov. 30.
In other business
• Superintendent Shannon Wagner said online summer school was a success.
Of 213 students from 22 school districts who participated in the program, 69 were Burrell students.
Wagner said 74 percent of students recovered credits not earned during the regular school year. She said student fees covered the cost of the program with no subsidy needed from taxpayers.
• The district received a $5,000 grant from United Way to enhance efforts by guidance departments to develop academic standards and career programs.
• Wagner asked the board to formalize a Princeton University method to have a single valedictorian determined by grade point average, as opposed to multiple valedictorians as Burrell has had in the past.
• Ronald Hereda of the Kinloch Fire Department promoted National Fire Safety Week at Tuesday's meeting.
Burrell fourth- and fifth-graders will participate in a poster development program, while sixth- and seventh-graders will have an essay competition.
Winning posters will be used in a firefighters calendar in 2014.
District officials will distribute poster and essay applications to teachers.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Roundup: PUC schedules hearings for FirstEnergy rate increase; New-home sales almost flat in September; more
- Linebacker Harrison coming along slowly since return to Steelers
- Central Valley gains measure of revenge on No. 1 West Allegheny
- High school roundup: Mars upsets No. 4 Hampton in GAC
- Fire at Flight 93 National Memorial hints at struggle to safeguard historic artifacts
- Running back depth, defense carries Thomas Jefferson past West Mifflin
- Late TD lifts Penn Hills past Woodland Hills
- Corbett, Wolf resort to sticks, stones to attract attention
- No. 4 Highlands wraps up perfect regular season
- Pens look to buck shots, goals trend
- Faulty air bags in 30M vehicles