Slice of appreciation Students deliver pizza song to school board members Also ? Ruth Husser remembered ? Scott Galen awarded
By: MICHAEL C. UPTON Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer
January is School Board Appreciation Month. With that in mind, teachers and students made a grand effort Tuesday during the Warwick School Board’s regular business meeting to show its members how much their efforts are appreciated.
Prior to the meeting, more than 20 students from the Kissel Hill Elementary’s fifth and sixth grade chorus performed a few "silly songs" for the board’s entertainment. The kids sang "I Am A Pizza" by Charlotte Diamond and a traditional-turned-classic camp song, "Johnny Schmoker," the song of a boy who could play many instruments.
Inside the district office board room hung many thank you cards, banners and letters. "Thank you, Warwick School Board, for providing a rainbow of learning at Kissel Hill" read one poster that featured a rainbow filled with classroom photos. Student-made snowflakes, hands tracings, and doughnut cut-outs displayed feelings of appreciation.
Board members enjoyed a video created by John R. Bonfield Elementary, which showed students holding up signs of appreciation and captured footage of individual students thanking each board member.
The high school provided clay artwork and oversized name tags, and a selection of treats and snacks were provided by the Warwick Education Association.
"I would really like to express our deep appreciation for all of you here," said Lisa Hochreiter, president of the Warwick Education Association.
On a more somber note, before beginning the meeting the board paused for a moment of silence in remembrance of Ruth Husser, the first female to serve on the Warwick School Board.
"A member of the Warwick family recently passed away. Ruth Husser served on this board from 1974 to 1997," said board president Dr. Timothy Quinn. "She was a real leader in the educational community… Our condolences to her family."
In addition, Husser, who was 75, served as a board director for the Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and Lancaster County Career and Technology Centers (LCCTC). She was also recognized by the PA Senate for her contributions to education.
During regular business, the board approved the retirement of two district librarians. Patricia Hoberg will retire from her post at the high school and Patricia Seibert will retire from her position at Kissel Hill. Both retirements are effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
The board also unanimously approved what board member Millard Eppig described as a "very well prepared budget" for the LCCTC general fund. The budgeted amount is $17,457,789.
Galen named Assistant
Principal of the Year
In other news, the district announced the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) has selected Warwick High School associate principal Scott Galen as the organization’s Assistant Principal of the Year.
"This is a very prestigious award," said Superintendent Dr. April Hershey. "(Galen) is now in the running for an award on the national level."
A National Assistant Principal of the Year finalist will be named in early March. Galen recently entered his 20th year of service in the Warwick School District. He began as a biology teacher and moved to administration five years ago. The district promoted Galen to assistant principal in July 2012. He is credited with streamlining high school attendance monitoring procedures and implementing a telephonic, automated system to alert parents of attendance issues. His work has led to a 17 percent drop in unlawful tardiness and a 24 percent drop in unlawful absences.
Galen also oversaw the enactment of the district’s cyber school, Warwick Virtual Academy. On the special education front, he has worked in the Life Skills program for the past three years. In a release from PAESSP, Galen is quoted as saying, "The work I am most proud of is my work with our students in the Life Skills program. I consider it a privilege to work for these students. I have always had a special place in my heart for students with special needs."
Galen took a moment to address the board Tuesday.
"(This award) is really a testament to our district’s leadership putting trust in us and letting us run with it," he said. "It takes all the teachers to carry it out. While I may be the person who is being recognized, this truly is a testament to all the administration and teachers at the high school level." More SCHOOL BOARD, page A4