Superintendent's Corner

Winter 2020

It is hard to believe that half of our school year has passed, and we are already looking forward to the approach of spring.  Fall was a busy season for our students and staff, and I am pleased to say that the vast majority of our challenges resulting from the network disruption in September have been resolved.  We continue to pursue making our online resources available, while maintaining privacy and security.  Your patience through this process is appreciated.  

As I visit our schools, I continue to be impressed with the performance of our students not only in academics, but in their extracurricular activities as well.  Their commitment to practices and rehearsals in our athletic programs and the arts is outstanding.  

In addition to commending our faculty and staff for their continued support of our students, I would also like to give a sincere thank you to our Home and School organizations and our Booster Clubs for their continued collaboration with our schools.  The after-hours activities offered by these groups are a great service to our students and to our school community.   

You may have seen recent communications from us regarding the Souderton Charter School Collaborative (SCSC).  In December, our School Board approved a conditional renewal of that school’s charter.  This renewal allows SCSC to continue serving its students, but requires that it meet two conditions specific to Pennsylvania school law.  You may read more about those specific details in the Charter School Updates section of the District Web site.

In related news, I recently joined 30 other school superintendents from the Delaware Valley at a press conference advocating for the reform of the Pennsylvania charter school system.  Together we have formed a group entitled Leaders for Educational Accountability and Reform Network (LEARN), and are encouraging the governor and the legislature to fix the broken charter school system in our state.  You can read an article from The Inquirer about this effort.

I hope your schedule will allow you to join us for a Community Education class or bus trip, as the offerings this semester are particularly special.  The Winter/Spring 2020 brochure can be found on the SACE Web site.  I also hope that you can join us at the Harlem Wizards fundraiser for the Indian Valley Education Foundation in March.  This is a family-friendly event with proceeds going directly back to your child’s classroom.

I continue to be grateful for the support of our parents and community members, and amazed at the performance of our students.

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools