Dr. Rattigan
   Jacqueline A. Rattigan, Ed.D.
   Superintendent of Schools

: 215-453-2710
   Secretary: Anita Cron
   Email: acron@pennridge.org

June Board Meeting Summary

Dear Pennridge community,

The School Board met on June 18. I would like to share with you some highlights from the meeting:

  • Community Recognition: I had the pleasure of introducing Corey Armideo and Nate Hall, owners of PBR Productions, a full-service film and television production company based in Quakertown. Without their help, I am not sure our new Digital Production Studio would be as developed as it is. Read More

  • June Points of Pride: From elementary students showing respect for deceased veterans for Memorial Day to middle school students raising microloan funds money to raise money for charity to high school students making and donating custom-made guitars, this month’s Points of Pride includes a number of uplifting items. Read More

  • President’s Report: Mrs. Banis-Clemens addressed several issues including in her report: farewells to Dr. Rattigan and Mrs. Anita Cron; an update on the Superintendent transition; graduation/sashes; donating guitars; Board openings posted; the Superintendent’s salary; and a change in budget/solicitor fees. Read More

The meeting also included a number of important Board decisions: 

DEIBLER PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Casi Plourde was introduced to the Pennridge family. She was appointed by the Board to succeed Mrs. Deb Brady as principal at Deibler Elementary School. For the past four years, Mrs. Plourde has served as the principal of the First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter K-8 School in Philadelphia. Previously, she served as a School-Based Teacher Leader (K-8) in Philadelphia and as an elementary teacher in both Philadelphia and Connecticut. Mrs. Plourde earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and two Master of Science degrees (one in elementary education and the other in K-12 educational administration). Her official start date is July 9.

SERVICE LEARNING PILOT: Next year, middle school students will have the opportunity to incorporate service learning into their experiences through a new program approved by the Board.

GRADE 2 SWIM PROGRAM: Starting in September, students in second grade will be able to take FREE swimming lessons in the PHS pool under a cooperative arrangement between the Board and the Upper Bucks YMCA.

GRADE 6 ELA PILOT PROJECT:  With a goal of teaching students K-6 to write skillfully, creatively and abundantly and helping each other develop socially through collaborative practices, discussion and thoughtful feedback, the Board approved this proposal by the Elementary Literacy Committee.

2018-19 BUDGET: Property owners will see no increase in the real estate taxes under a $138.1 million General Fund Budget approved by the Board. About $587,000 of fund balance will be used to balance the budget.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP: Among the many contracts approved by the Board was one with Foster’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to sponsor the press box at Grand View Health Stadium / Helman Field for the next three years for a total cost of $22,500. We appreciate the company’s support!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH PRICES: The Board approved a proposal to keep breakfast and lunch prices the same as the past year -- elementary lunch $2.50; middle school/high school lunch $3; reduced lunch $0.40; elementary lunch $1.25; middle school breakfast $1.50; high school breakfast $1.75; reduced breakfast $0.30. Thank you to Mrs. Gina Giarratana and her staff for their hard work to keep prices steady.

BUS BIDS: The Board approved a request from the Transportation Department to seek bids for a total of 12 vehicles (buses and vans) that are used to transport students.

As you probably know, this is my final opportunity to share with you the important work done by our School Board each month. I hope that I have accomplished my goal of keeping you informed of the reasoning behind and the impact of the Board’s major decisions.

It truly has been my pleasure serving as Superintendent of the Pennridge School District for the past five years. Since my first day on campus, I have been consistently impressed by the dedication of our teachers, administration and staff to serving the needs of our students. After all, they are the reason we chose education as a profession. I am confident that the District will continue in this regard under the new leadership of Dr. Bolton.


Jacqueline A. Rattigan, Ed.D.