Improving Learning: Every Student, Every Day, Every Way
Will March Go Out Like A Lamb?
This is the question everyone is asking as we enter the final month of winter. This month I would like to acquaint you with a typical morning when we have a school delay or closing, address how we are dealing with the 2013-2014 School Calendar, and tell you about our District being featured in an upcoming National Publication.
When there is potential for bad weather my mornings begin around 3:30 a.m. The morning begins by checking the latest TV weather, a check of radar, and a check of outside conditions. Between 4:30 – 5:30 a.m., I speak to a local PennDot Representative who gives me road conditions, road temperature, radar information, a report on the times the townships go out to treat the roads, and an up-to-date road condition report. I next communicate with other Superintendents. Usually by 5:10 a.m. we are ready to make a decision on whether to delay, close, or start on time. We then start notifying media and use our own calling system and email for students, parents, and staff. If we go with a delay, we continue to monitor conditions using the same process and by 7:10 a.m. try to make a decision on staying with the delay or closing. The time range we must make a decision by is also impacted by Collective Bargaining Agreements notifying personnel before individuals report to work. There is no exact science and safety of everyone is of utmost concern when making a decision.
We are working very diligently with a priority to try and keep seniors in line to graduate June 6th. Please continue to monitor the website and look for any remaining calendar revisions. Calendar revisions are subject to School Board approval so please watch for updates after Board Meetings.
This week we were notified by the American Association of School Administrators that the Littlestown Area School District will be featured recognizing and sharing with other Superintendent’s nationally how our District has been able to deal with reduced revenue and continue to improve our academic results.
Until next month’s communique, best wishes and let’s hope for warmer weather!
Donald J. Wills, D. Ed.
Superintendent of Schools