Superintendent’s Message


Last evening we recognized several outstanding accomplishments during my Superintendent’s Report at the Board Meeting. They included:

  • Our Girls Track and Field Team earned the title of Section One Champions of the Lancaster-Lebanon League with a record of 6 wins and 0 losses. This was their first section title since 2001! Well done, girls and Coach Jennings!

    Track and Field

  • Both Justin Reese and Staci Stettler shared great news from the Campus! McCaskey recently received Middle States Accreditation which is an intensive process that schools undergo to demonstrate they are meeting 12 rigorous performance standards. Also, the Career & Technical Education Department recently concluded successful Perkins Federal Funding Audit. It was noted that this year’s audit was the cleanest audit in the past 11 years with several commendations given to instructors, curriculum, lesson plans, and student outcomes.

    Bill and Justin

  • Ken Hustler from Menchey Music (a member of NAMM – the National Association of Music Merchants) presented the Best Communities for Music Education Award to Michael Slechta, on behalf of the district. This is the 7th year in a row the SDoL received this recognition. Congratulations to all of our music educators!

    NAMM Foundation

Team, we have so much to be proud of this year. Please keep up the great work for the remainder of the school year. Thanks for all you do!



May School Board Recap

The following are highlights from the May School Board Meeting:

1. Student Board Reps: McCaskey student Hannah Short shared highlights from the Campus and our middle schools.

2. Approval of 2017-18 School Improvement Plans for Priority and Focus Schools:

3. Approval of the Revisions to the 2017-18 McCaskey Course Selection Guide

4. Approval of Changes to the 2016-17 Board Approved Calendar

5. Approval of 2017 J.P. McCaskey Campus Diploma Candidates Subject to Completion of All Necessary Requirements Prior to Graduation Ceremony on June 15, 2017

6. Approval of the Appointment of Matthew Przywara as Board Treasurer for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

7. Approval of the Appointment of Mary E. Cunningham as Board Secretary for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021

8. Approval to Re-Appoint Kegel Kelin Almy & Lord as General Counsel, and Sweet Stevens Katz & Williams as Counsel for Special Education

9. Approval to Re-Appoint Berkheimer Tax Administrator, Inc. as Tax Collector to Collect the School Taxes of the School District of Lancaster

10.  Approval of Board Policies:
331 Administrative Employee Job-Related Expenses
810 Transportation
812 Property Insurance
813 Other Insurance

11.  Approval of Review of Contracts and Agreements

12. Approval of 2017-18 School District of Lancaster Proposed Final Budget
May Budget Update
Budget Adjustments

13.  Discussion Items – First Readings/Board Policies (approval/vote next month)
319 Outside Activities
320 Freedom of Speech in Non-School Settings
321 Political Activities
326 Complaint Process
815 Acceptable Use of Electronic Devices

14. Information
Next meeting: June 20, 2017 at McCaskey East B123 @ 7 p.m.
Four Day Work Weeks – Beginning the week of June 30 through the week of August 4
There will be no Board Meetings in July

Wharton Student Artists

20170512_144105_resizedFifth grade Wharton artists, under the direction of art teacher Jen Ashcroft, took part in designing a Music For Everyone community piano as part of the Keys for the City program. The piano will be placed in Lancaster Square starting May 19. Kudos to Wharton Students!