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East Penn School District Not as sophisticated/up to date as you think

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It appears the EPSD accounting and business office is quite antiquated. It turns out that the EPSD system of accounting still requires a lot of hand work, kind of like it was back in the 70’s and 80’s when each person had to fill out a multi copy paper PO (purchase order) by hand and it physically has to be carried around to the appropriate departments and personnel.

The EPSD has separate accounting applications for each of their 10 schools, and none of the schools are electronically connected to the central business office. This means all the PO’s have to bounce around their school first and be couriered about by EPSD staff from each building to the next.

One of the EPSB members,

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EPSD Suicide policy alert, like Common Core more data mining?

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The big discussion at July’s East Penn School Board meeting was the new “Suicide policy” (Editors Comments Included). The board will be voting on the policy at the next meeting, Monday, August 10. It was noted that this policy must be enacted before the next school year starts on August 31, 2015. Luckily one board member, Lynn Donches, asked if the parents would be notified of any intervention and/or assessments.

The board president gave a perfect description of the pitfalls of this policy in its present state. Their major concerns surround the necessity to collect data on the student and the questions on family medical and psychological histories. This is very similar to the Common Core/Pa Core Standards data

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EPSD children safety concerns. Are they ignorant or worse?

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An interesting contrast in understanding took place at a recent East Penn School Board meeting during the personal appeals to the Board portion of the meeting. The personal appeals part of the meeting is the time set aside during the meeting for the public to address the board.

East Penn resident John Donches spoke of questionable votes the Board had made showing the harmful actions towards the students and community; while at the same time favoring the administration. The following are the actions and votes Mr Donches was referring to:

1) The illegal burying of hazardous asbestos waste in a hole 26’X30’X4′ deep on the Wescosville Elementary School Property. It is believed this was ordered by the administration, and all Board members with

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“Fair Funding?” Yet another delay

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What’s one more week after all its only for the children. The legislature has been working for a year to develop a “Fair Funding” formula that will better distribute school property tax revenues between the 499 school districts within our fine State. Currently there’s a cost spread for instructing each student ranging from $25,746 in the Bryn Athyn school district, of Montgomery County to $10,628 in Greater Nanticoke area School district, of Luzerne County.

Wow!!! A difference of $15,118 per child. Yeah, you could say there’s a funding disparity! How does our district compare? Well, for 2013-2014 it cost EPSD $14,299 to instruct a student.

There’s been another group running around the state trying to influence the legislators to see how

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EPSD, We have an over testing issue

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When asked at the 6/8/2015 EPSB meeting about the Keystone testing and if it was a concern; Superintendent Schilder answered he wasn’t sure about the Keystone tests, but did say that there is an over testing issue period in public education now.

EPSD 2015/16 budget BS 101

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Paul Champagne

As EPSD goes about its usual business with the proposed 2015/2016 budget, we can all expect more of the same old BS. Earnshaw’s we are really working hard on this budget to keep it as low as possible and assure that we don’t effect the children’s education and there’s nothing more we can do about it. Heid ( a professor) I am not happy about this tax increase, but there’s nothing we can do. Bacher’s, I’m a smart man and I can see the reasons we can’t do anything about it. Rhodes,( he’s a Parkland teacher) doesn’t say much and just doesn’t do anything about it except vote for it. Munson,( a Lehigh professor and his wife is a teacher

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Another transparency issue? Please speak up

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The EPSB meeting on 6/8/2015 had its share of citizen input throughout the meeting.

Editors note: the video camera is set up right under a speaker in the ceiling and is set to sensitive pickup, the audience however does have a very hard time hearing what the board members say, especially if they do not speak directly into the microphones.

It started when a packed house got up and spoke at the podium against the “Bully” Ballard censure motion. Then when the board members seemed to refuse to use their microphones when they were talking the audience erupted in attempts to get the board to use the microphones. It happened again when the solicitor was answering Ms. Donches question, and not

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Education. Comparing PA to other states.

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By Ron Beitler at RonBeitler.com

I’m probably nuts for writing about education cause it’s a hyper-partisan mine-field littered with special interests and an ingrained “team mentality”. As a township commissioner I have no influence on these conversations. I have no team and I’m not interested in joining one. I just want to step outside the echo chambers for a minute.

But here goes nothing. I try hard to remain agnostic. Step away from the partisanship and just look at the big picture. To that end, you can somewhat do so since in our American education system we have 49 relatively independent systems to compare. I always go back to how are we doing vs. other states as a baseline.

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