Superintendent's Corner

October 2018

Our students and staff are off to an excellent start of the school year and I have been delighted to see their energy and enthusiasm as I visit our schools.  I am especially pleased with the participation at our Back to School Nights and Homecoming festivities.   

We were able to open EMC Elementary on September 4th, after a short delay, and the building is looking great.  I want to offer special thanks to the staff, students, and parents of EMC for their patience during this process.  The new gymnasium and cafeteria at the school are outstanding, and we are excited to be able to provide these students with the facility they deserve.  

A top priority of ours this and every year is school safety.  In order that our students and staff are best prepared to respond to an emergency, we are beginning to implement the "A.L.I.C.E." protocol in our schools.  The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.  Parents will be hearing more about A.L.I.C.E. as we begin training students this year.  Each level of training will be tailored to be developmentally appropriate for the ages of our students. I am grateful for the support of our community as we take these steps to make our schools safer.  

The Pennsylvania legislature has taken steps to make significant funding available for Safe Schools initiatives and we will be taking advantage of these opportunities.  I would like to thank Representative Marcy Toepel and Senator Bob Mensch for meeting with superintendents throughout their legislative district to seek input for on our safe schools needs.   

In Souderton Area School District, we continue our commitments to meet the needs of the whole child.  The scope of support we offer to our students has never been greater, yet we are only at our best when working closely in partnership with our parents and community members.  I encourage you to be a positive influence in the lives of our youth and thank you for your support as we work together to educate the children of this community.  

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

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