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Bored meeting A quiet evening for the school district
By: MICHAEL C. UPTON Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer
Public participation was lighter than usual as the Warwick School Board approved routine procedures in a meeting lasting less than 40 minutes Tuesday night. At the conclusion, board chairman Dr. Timothy Quinn made his regular appeal to the public.
"The first and third Tuesdays of the month (we have) public meetings," he said. "Tell your friends. We’d love to see more community members here at the meetings."
Business was so slow the board joked at the absence of any recommended motions from the finance and legal committee. The committee, chaired by board member Darryl Miller, usually recommends several actions for the board.
"We characterized this meeting as more of a status report," said Miller. "Get out your pencils. The committee has no recommendations for the board. This may be the one and only (time)."
Miller reported the committee met on April 11 and topics discussed included 2013-14 school year budget planning and debt service management. Miller said the budget is nearing "75 to 80 percent" complete. The committee also heard a preliminary review of the Food Services and Nutrition budget, which continues to operate "in the black," said Miller. The committee also reviewed a storm water easement between the district and Moravian Manor, which came to a motion during the report of the building and property committee.
The storm water easement agreement conveys a perpetual right of way to Moravian Manor to discharge water into an existing system on district property. According to district documents, the agreement is necessary as Moravian Manor plans to expand its facility onto the former Biemesderfer property. The plan calls for several modifications to the existing system and explains Moravian Manor shall bear the full cost and expense of all construction. The board unanimously approved the agreement.
The district’s education committee recommended the approval of three new high school courses, Foundations of Drawing, Foundations of Printmaking, and 2D/3D Independent Studio. The board also adopted a new Language Arts curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12.
"Part of the PA Common Core Standards needed to be a revision of our language arts curriculum," said Assistant Superintendent Robin Felty. "So, we needed to make sure that our current curriculum (included) all the Common Core Standards. It was a lot to tackle… We have a lot of dedicated teachers at all levels."
During the treasurer’s report, board member Millard Eppig, Jr. asked for an update on the status of the collection of local earned income taxes.
"Right now I think we are going to see an increase in what we have budgeted," said Business Manager David Zerbe. "The tracking right now is good."
In other year-end news, Superintendent Dr. April Hershey clarified previous published accounts about the location of the prom on April 27. In February, Student Representative Abigail Barthe reported the dance would be held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, but would also be a shared venue with Hempfield High School.
"Just to clear up any misconceptions (about the prom), it is at the Convention Center downtown, and it is all Warwick," said Hershey. More SCHOOL BOARD, page A3