Friday, March 22, 2019

Pottstown Focusing on Middle School Options

Absolutely Amazing Photograph by Carol Brightbill

Pottstown Middle School was the topic of discussion at Thursday night's school board meeting.

Principal Brian Hostetler provided the board with a rapid-fire presentation on the school's progress, and it's issues, while Board Member Thomas Hylton offered up his analysis of the building lay-out and how student interactions are controlled.

Once those presentations are posted on the website I will be able to provide a more complete report in The Mercury.
Pottstown Middle School Principal 
Brian Hostetler Thursday night.

Academic performance and student behavior have been an issue at the school and some believe it is due to the fact that the building holds grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.

District officials have floated the option of re-opening the Edgewood Elementary School as one option and recently held three "town Hall" style meetings to get input from the community.

If you couldn't make any of them, the good news is not only did the district live-stream them on its Facebook page, it also archived the video.

Those three videos, and the presentation Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez and business Manager Maureen Jampo gave all live on a new webpage on the school district website.

Board members Susan Lawrence, Katina Bearden, John Armato and Board President Amy Francis warned the public against reaching conclusions too quickly.

"I am not ready to make a decision yet," said Armato, noting that there is a "lot of information to sift through."

"There are a lot of moving parts to all this," said Lawrence.

And with that, here are the Tweets from the meeting:

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