Peters
Township
School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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School Board: Long Range Vision Committee

In the summer of 2008, the Peters Township Board of School Directors created an advisory committee called the Long Range Vision Committee. The purpose of this committee was to involve the community in the process of collecting ideas to assist the Board and Superintendent in establishing goals for the District in both the immediate and long term.

Seven different committees were formed: education, personnel, safety, technology, communications, buildings and grounds, and special education. We wish to thank all of the participants for their time and support in this important endeavor. The Peters Township School Board and administration will utilize the findings of the committee in creating goals for the coming school years.

Each committee submitted a report which is available for public review below. We invite you to review this information and to e-mail any suggestions or comments to the members of the School Board.

Below is a brief summary of some initiatives the District is currently undertaking in each of these areas:

Safety:
The District will be implementing new ID cards for all staff members in conjunction with a card access entry system in each building. Throughout the school year, improvements have also been made to secure the entrances in the High School and Pleasant Valley Elementary. Additional security cameras have been added to the high school and the school buses, and entrance/exit areas have been numbered for security identification purposes.

Communications:
This year the District website underwent a complete redesign to incorporate navigation changes in response to parent suggestions. District also purchased the Global Connect parent notification system that will allow us to communicate emergency information to all parents in the District in minutes.

Special Education:
The Director of Special Education continually monitors case loads for all of the special education staff to maintain compliance and a high level of service. This year, a series of meetings for parents of gifted students are planned to discuss programs available to the students and to provide any additional information needed by the parents.

Technology:
The High School recently received the Classrooms for the Future grant that enabled them to outfit 8 classrooms in four of the core subject areas (English, social studies, math, and science) with 240 laptops and related peripherals. In addition, teachers throughout the District are utilizing podcasting, blogs, wikis, Moodle, websites, and video-conferencing to support 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.

Personnel:
Monitoring our staffing needs is a major function of the Human Resources department in the Peters Township School District. We pride ourselves in hiring the best candidates available. This year, to facilitate our substitute teacher selection, AESOP, an online substitute scheduling system, was obtained to post available openings and allow substitute teachers to schedule days they would work for the District well in advance. This year’s retirements have been submitted and the process has begun for recruiting and retaining highly qualified staff.

Buildings and Grounds:
Ongoing efforts are being made to improve the safety of our buildings and grounds and to provide greater opportunities for our students. Elm Grove's softball field has been refurbished and includes dugouts and additional fencing. The high school gym roof was replaced and the student parking areas are being numbered to assist with the identification and monitoring of student driving. Energy conservation and recycling are considerations during each of the maintenance and construction ventures. A facilities usage study is being conducted and will provide much needed information to examine the affect of increasing enrollment on facilities usage.

Education:
The focus this year has been on addressing 21st Century Teaching and Learning. Professional development helped identify what 21st Century skills are and the need for ensuring that Peters Township students are well versed in each of these skills upon graduation. A greater emphasis has been placed on school counseling, involving students in the workplace, dual enrollment with colleges and universities, and online learning. This year's curriculum research is in the areas of science and technology (STEM), while a new language
arts curriculum is being written K-12.

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Peters
Township
School District
Peters Township School District
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6251
Fax: 724-941-6565
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