Superintendent's Corner

Spring 2019

It has been an exciting spring for the school district, and our high school seniors are counting down the days until graduation.  This week we held the Souderton Area High School greenhouse dedication and, if you haven’t seen it yet, you must take a drive through the high school and view this amazing structure “growing” next to our high school.  The theme of the dedication was “Growth Happens Here,” which truly captures the spirit of the project.  Thank you to the efforts of the Indian Valley Education Foundation which funded this endeavor using resources from the Cindy Kilmer Fund. 
 
Evidence of growth is not in short supply as our students and school community continue to develop in new and innovative ways.  As I visit classrooms and listen to young readers who may have struggled early in the school year now read aloud with confidence and vigor, I think about their progress and what is next for them.  I listen to our student musicians perform at spring concerts and view the incredible student artwork this time of year, and I am inspired by the exceptional talent and growth.  I have enjoyed standing on the sidelines cheering on our student-athletes, and it is with great pride that I share the news that 42 of these student-athletes will continue their athletic careers at the college level.  

During this spring season, the work of the Administration and School Board continues to move forward.  

Our legislative efforts remain robust as we continue to advocate for public education.  We are collaborating with the stakeholders of the Souderton Charter School Collaborative to advocate for reinstating state financial support to help pay for Charter School tuition.  On April 29th, School Board President Ken Keith, School Board Vice President Donna Scheuren, and I spent the day at the State Capitol advocating for our schools.  We will continue to update you on our efforts with our legislators.  
Safe Schools continues to be the number one priority of our Administration and School Board. I am pleased to report that our school district is the recipient of another safe schools grant.  It is our intention to utilize these funds for the creation of an additional school police officer position.  We will also be adding another security guard to the staff for the 2019-2020 school year.  
Our Administration and School Board are working through the demanding budget season and have already approved a proposed budget which reflects the School Board’s prioritization of minimal tax increases for our community members.  The School Board and I share the goal of reducing the tax increase below the state’s Act 1 Index of 2.3% as we prepare the final budget for adoption in June.  Challenges remain, but I am pleased to report that we will be restoring 9th grade basketball teams for both boys and girls to our athletic department, replacing student technology devices, and implementing a new middle school schedule. 

As I reflect on the growth of this school year, I find it fitting that spring is in full bloom when we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to commend our dedicated and passionate teachers who nurture and guide our students on their pathways each and every day.  I am proud of the ongoing collaboration within our school community that creates innovative learning opportunities to help our students grow. Thank you for your support.  

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools