Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hazing, Substitute Pay and Calendar Top Agenda

I would be misleading you to tell you that last night's Pottsgrove School Board meeting was a barn-burner.

It was barely a camp-stove burner.

Nevertheless, the business of the public must be chronicled.

Several expressed an interest in the board's decision to return to the practice of starting school before Labor Day. The new calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is now posted on the district web site.

There was also a discussion, brought to the fore by board member Bill Parker, about the shortage of substitute teachers, what substitute administrators are paid, and the idea that perhaps upping the daily rate would attract more subs.

Superintendent Bill Shirk noted that there are regular support staff in the district who have not seen a raise in six years and if increasing pay is going to be discussed, they should be included, which the board agreed to at least consider.

Also of interest, to me anyway, is the adoption of a new hazing policy. The previous one basically said "don't haze people."

But the problem "is more than just in the locker room," Superintendent Bill Shirk said, noting that "no gay Thursdays" hazing issues in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District brought the problem to painful public spotlight.

We'll be taking a closer look at that policy in an upcoming Mercury article.

In the meantime, here are the Tweets from last night.

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