Pottsgrove Desire To Add Student Director On Hold

POTTSTOWN PA – A proposal to add non-voting student representation to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors has been put on hold until at least the spring, according to Superintendent Shellie Feola.

Pottsgrove High School

Pottsgrove High School

Pottsgrove High School Principal Bill Ziegler, whom the board hoped would suggest several students as suitable candidates to become ex-officio directors, is busy in his new job, Feola recently explained. “As he’s working with students, staff and curriculum, I’d like to keep him focused on the program,” she said. The board raised no objection.

Back on Aug. 27 (2013), President Scott Fulmer asked the board Policy Committee to explore how Pottsgrove – like its eastern neighbors, the Spring-Ford Area and Phoenixville school districts – could add a student representative to its directors’ ranks. “Having a student view of things here would be really nice,” Fulmer said at the time.

A similar decision was made earlier this year by the Pottstown school board, Fulmer noted. An announcement on which two high school students will join Pottstown’s board of directors is expected later this week (Nov. 11-15), according to the district website. Once chosen, Pottstown intends to seat them during its December re-organizational meeting.

The Pottsgrove policy committee, headed by board Vice President David Faulkner, has responded to Fulmer’s request to set “guidelines, terms and the selection process,” in part by examining policies of those local schools that already have student representation, he told The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper during September.

Faulkner told Mercury reporter Evan Brandt he supports the proposal and thinks both board members and students will benefit from adding a representative. Faulkner added the committee has already determined, however, that the selected student will have no voting authority.

Ziegler, who for this academic year was promoted from principal of Pottsgrove Middle School to the high school, has already made a favorable impression there, board members and parents alike report. One of his foremost tasks, he confirmed in early October, was to raise several indicators of academic achievement within the high school performance profile reported by the state Department of Education.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Oct. 22 meeting):