LIMERICK PA – Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford and Upper Perkiomen students who attended the Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center, 77 Graterford Rd., during its 2011-2012 academic year learned core academic and occupational skills at levels higher than were expected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and their outstanding performance won the center a certificate of achievement.
The award was issued last month by Dr. Lee Burkett, director of the state Bureau of Career And Technical Education, but it came to the Pottsgrove School District’s attention Wednesday (April 9, 2014). Pottsgrove Superintendent Shellie Feola currently serves as the center’s superintendent of record.
In a memo that accompanied the certificate, Burkett explained the bureau had set specific goals for every center to ensure their students academic proficiency and technical competence. It analyzed student PSSA scores received in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012, and looked for increases of between 10.2 and 13 percent – depending on the subject area – in the number of students achieving proficiency ratings in baseline reading, math and occupational program.
The western career center excelled in turning out students that beat all three goals, Burkett noted.
The center’s current enrollment of 448 students includes 128 from Pottsgrove, and 60 new enrollments from Pottsgrove have already been received for next year, Board of School Directors’ member Patti Grimm announced Tuesday (April 8) during its meeting.
The center is overseen by a nine-member joint operating committee that consists of Pottsgrove representatives Grimm (its vice chair), Ted Coffelt and Matt Alexander; Spring-Ford representatives Joseph P. Ciresi (its chair), Willard D. Comley and Dawn R. Heine (its treasurer); and Upper Perkiomen representatives Margie K. Gehlhaus (its secretary), John L. Gehman, and William G. Scott.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ April 8 meeting):