May the Force Be With You
POTTSTOWN, PA – Last night was the first public meeting of the President’s Task Force. As you recall, the project was announced by School Board President Rick Huss during the March 18 general board meeting after pressure from the voting public to explore all options regarding the future of Pottstown’s five elementary schools.
Jim Bush, the retired and highly respected 38-year business manager for the district, was appointed by Huss to head up the task force.
The school district website is a great source for more information on the task force. You can access that information here.
The meeting was the first big step to embrace the change Pottstown so desperately needs in regards to the dilemma of our antiquated (and costly!) elementary school system. Future meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month (excluding the months of July and August). The location of the meetings will be rotated so they can be held at the different schools. The last meeting is scheduled for May of 2011, but as Bush indicated last night, the meetings could continue past that time, if needed.
All task force members received a well endowed binder chock full of school district facts and figures (i.e. building and class sizes, teacher, transportation and special education figures, building dimensions and layouts, etc.). We just have to wonder how those numbers compare with those circulated and published over the years by special interest groups.
Speaking of special interest groups, we understand that board member Thomas Hylton was in attendance at the meeting…and let us emphasize that he was in the audience and not attending as a member of the task force (thank goodness). So exactly which book was Mr. Hylton reading and highlighting during the meeting? Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn…or maybe Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People…or just maybe he was reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Hmmm.
The task force members were addressed by Huss, Superintendent David Krem, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Reed Lindley, Business Administrator Linda Adams, Director of Education/Human Resources Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, and Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Barry Angstadt on different topics related to the goal of the task force.
We’re certainly happy to see progress and discussion on our elementary schools in an open forum and involving a diverse assortment of members from the community. Heck, that’s what democracy is all about. We’re also confident that, when presented with all the true facts and figures, the task force will be able to make the very best recommendation that is best for our children, our district and our community.
NOTE: After we published this post, The Mercury posted a brief mention of last night’s meeting along with a video. The brief article includes the names of those community members serving on the task force. You can read/view it here:
Additionally, The Mercury has posted a full article on Monday’s task force meeting. You can read that article here:
Not surprisingly, the paper has already started its negative spin on the project, as evidenced in the article. If you’re a Mercury subscriber or advertiser, let the paper and Journal Register Company (their parent) know that their negative opinions and opinionated editorial decisions on a very positive project for Pottstown are no longer welcome in our town. The President’s Task Force is a positive project for Pottstown created to address a serious fiscal school district issue faced by us as a community. Together, as a community, we will create the best solution to solve this issue.