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

: 215-453-2710

: jrattigan@pennridge

   Secretary: Anita Cron
   Email: acron@pennridge.org

May 19, 2017

Dear Pennridge Community,

The Pennridge School Board met on Monday, May 15. I would like to share with you some of the newsworthy developments from the meeting:

Student Recognition/Points of Pride: I had the honor of recognizing two outstanding students, one for his excellent academic achievement and one for her excellent performance in athletics.

Proposed Final Budget: For the third time in seven years, the School Board has approved a budget that holds the line on property taxes.

Service Learning Pilot: The Board approved a one-year pilot program that allows high school students to integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen their communities. We will share more information soon.

Phone System: The Board awarded contracts totalling $611,109.30 to Eplus (installer) and Cisco (hardware provider) for a new district-wide phone system to be installed this summer.

Cafeteria Prices: The Board approved a slight increase in the cost of elementary school lunches (from $2.40 to $2.50) and middle school/high school lunches (from $2.90 to $3). All other prices remain the same.

Special Education Supervisor: The Board appointed Mrs. Jennifer Summers as our new Supervisor of Special Education. Mrs. Summers is a program specialist and autistic support teacher in the Central Bucks School District.  Her other professional roles have included head teacher of an ESY program, adjunct instructor and teacher of students with multiple disabilities.

Mrs. Summers holds a B.S. degree in Special Education and a M.S. degree in Special Education Advanced Practice. Her certifications are in special education (K-12), special education supervisor and principal. She will start her new position with us in early July.

Student Wellness Policy: the Board approved (for first reading) a revised policy covering student wellness.

I would like to remind you that schools and offices will be closed on Fridays in the summer beginning on June 12, 2017 through and including August 11, 2017.

As always, thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail.


Jacqueline A. Rattigan, Ed.D.