Last evening at our Board of School Directors Meeting, we recognized two outstanding educators from Burrowes Elementary. Travis Jones and Jessica Styers, both 4th grade teachers, received the Apple Award from the National State Teachers of the Year – Pennsylvania Chapter. The award recognizes members of the educational community who make a positive difference in the lives of students, school districts, and the community. Mr. Jones and Ms. Styers were nominated for their outstanding work with student pen pals and Willow Valley Community senior citizen pen pals. Congratulations and thank you for providing this opportunity at Burrowes Elementary.
This morning there was another news article regarding the ACLU/Education Law Center lawsuit related to the education of our refugee students. Several court proceedings are scheduled for next week. Our job as educators is to determine our students’ best path towards obtaining a high school diploma. We continue to stand by our decision to educate our 17-21 year old non-credited and/or under-credited students at the Phoenix Academy, and I will keep you updated as this process plays out.
As a result of the final state budget, we received more funds than anticipated. We worked closely with building leaders and staff to determine areas where these funds would assist with teaching and learning. The Board approved restoration of various positions related to mental health, behavioral support, and ESL and secretarial support. I especially want to thank our building leaders and staff for their input and our Board of Directors for supporting our recommendations.