LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Several items beyond approval of the 2017-2018 academic calendar attracted discussion Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) among members of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors during its first regular meeting of the month at Pottsgrove High School. Look for more complete and coming stories in The Post on:
Substitute Teacher Needs
Pottsgrove and other schools districts continue to face a shortage of qualified substitute teachers to fill in for regular teachers who have time off or are absent due to illness. How to attract more substitutes, how to keep them longer in Pottsgrove’s employ, how payments to substitutes could affect other district employees, and how the lack of substitutes affects students all were questions directors briefly explored.
High School Renovation Change Orders
One director objected, and the remainder approved, a series of change orders for post-renovation repairs to Pottsgrove High School. The district continues to investigate circumstances behind the changes, and whether it or other parties are responsible for paying them.
The District’s New Hazing Policy
Pottsgrove teachers will spend part of today (Feb. 15) and future days reading, being told about, and training with the district’s expanded policy against hazing. It was substantially re-written after recommendations made by the state. It recognizes hazing can occur anywhere, not just in athletic locker rooms.
School Video Surveillance
Each Pottsgrove building has video cameras operating within and outside its walls, to monitor for a variety of conditions. During recent technical problems at the high school, cameras there were functioning but could not be viewed from certain faculty or staff stations. The board said it wants camera maintenance and operation to be a high priority.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Feb. 14 meeting):
- What Else? ‘Grove Subs, Change Orders, Hazing
- High School Change Orders On Board Agenda
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