Dear Parents/Guardians/Community Members,
I apologize for the length of time that it has taken me to write my new article, with the way that things were progressing with the budget, I was not sure whether I would be writing about our District having to use a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRAN) in order to stay open or if we were going to receive funding from the state. Well, last week it finally happened, the Governor decided not to veto, but not sign the new budget proposed by the Legislature. This means that the schools in the Commonwealth will soon be receiving much-needed funds to maintain operations. I would like to challenge those of you that take the time to read my article by giving you a little quiz and depending on how you score on the quiz, a little advice;
What is currently happening with the Field House and why is that important to me?
What was the name of our musical?
What are the current repairs that are being completed in the District and what does that mean to District funds?
What is happening with report cards in Grades K-2?
What does our District Calendar look like for next year?
What is the financial picture look like in Sharpsville Area for the next five years, and how does that affect my taxes?
Why did the District choose to offer a Full Day Kindergarten and how are we paying for it?
What is technology going to look like for my children?
Is it true I can’t send cupcakes in for my own child’s birthday, why not?
Can you name the building principals at all of the schools; they have all changed within the last two years?
Well, how did you do? I am always amazed when we have to raise taxes or change a curriculum and people are angry because they didn’t know. Why don’t you know and why don’t you care? We need community volunteers for so many committees and we all offer opportunities for community members to hear what is going on in our schools….Where are you? We are going to face many challenges in the next few years and we want, yes want, and need your input. Have I challenged you, or perhaps even made you a little angry? Our next District Parent Council meeting is on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room. I hope to see you there!!
Yours in Blue Devil Pride,
Dr. Brad Ferko