Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today … “If I’m an undergraduate student, teaching as a profession is not necessarily one shining with possibilities.” – Temple University’s Gregory Anderson, dean of the College of Education, in this Philly.com article about the shortage of teachers across the nation.
- At last night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Robert Hollister said there are a few teaching vacancies; he said that’s not necessarily different from previous years near the beginning of the school year. He is confident that hires will be made to fill those positions.
- Empty chair at the table | A school board director slot remains open due to resignation. Fran Resch spoke about the reasons he resigned at last night meeting. If you are interested in serving as a school board director, read the how to, according to state law, at the end of this column. “Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work even though the position can require them to dedicate many hours to it.” – Pennsylvania School Board Association Website
- Empty voices at the table | When some one asked which directors would be up for election at the next election, there were no definitive responses heard. In the 2015 election, Kathleen L. Hohenadel received the most votes. For a two year directorship in the same year, here are those totals.
- Tyrants: “Whether it’s a pushy person, a control freak, a bully, or an outright tyrant, the problem is the same: their goals are always more important than yours.” – emotionalcompetency.com
- Switcheraoo | In the Lehigh Valley last year, a school board president resigned because of the “unprofessionalism” of some others on the board.
- Pennsylvania is lowering standards to attract teachers | “The prospect is sufficiently worrisome to Pennsylvania Department of Education officials that they are eliminating obstacles to becoming a teacher – for instance, by easing math requirements on the basic skills assessments that teaching students take as sophomores and have struggled to pass.” – mrmyer.com
- Teach.com | “Become a Teacher in Pennsylvania” offers information about the steps to become a teacher.
Think about those who impacted you, who left an indelible mark on your mind. Probably there’ll be a teacher on that list! Great teachers are in demand and they don’t do it for the money. “Why Being A Teacher Is One Of The Hardest Yet Most Rewarding Careers |The best teachers are those who tell you were to look, but do not tell you what to see!”
- Thinking it’s an Oklahoma day today!
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I got a beautiful feelin’
Ev’erything’s goin’ my way.
- FINALLY … the Request For Proposal for the Columbia Market Manager has hit LNP – Always Lancaster. This was supposed to be in the daily newspaper of general circulation on Wednesday, according to the borough manager at the Tuesday night council committee meeting. We do not know why the lapse in time for the announcement. Notice the response date is Friday, September 2, 2016. Due to the lag (lost days) should the response date be extended until September 6?
- A JUST RECEIVED E-blast from the Columbia Borough: “The Columbia Borough Council is seeking volunteers for a newly created Market House Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of the following:
- Two Columbia Borough Business Owners
- One Columbia Borough Resident
- One Market House Stand holder
- One Borough Council Member.
- NOT IN TODAY’S NEWSPAPER | SCHOOL BRIEFS – Last night’s meeting.
- Columbia High School to add 5 individuals and 1956 basketball team to Hall of Fame [NOTE: The correct date is September 16.] – Lancaster Online
- 24 P.S. § 3-315 – § 3-315. Filling of vacancies – In case any vacancy shall occur in any board of school directors by reason of death, resignation, removal from the district, or otherwise, such vacancy shall, in a school district of the first class, be filled for the unexpired term by the court of common pleas of the county in which such school district is situated from the qualified electors of the district; and in a school district of the second, third, or fourth classes, the remaining members of the board of school directors shall, by a majority vote thereof, fill such vacancy from the qualified electors of the district within thirty (30) days thereafter.In a district of the second, third, or fourth class, the person selected to fill such vacancy shall be a qualified elector of the district and shall hold his office, if the term thereof so long continues, until the first Monday of December after the first municipal election occurring more than sixty (60) days after the vacancy shall have occurred. At such election an eligible person shall be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term.If, by reason of a tie vote or otherwise, such vacancy shall not have been filled by the board of school directors within thirty (30) days after such vacancy shall have occurred from the qualified electors of the district, the court of common pleas of the proper county, upon the petition of ten or more resident taxpayers, shall fill such vacancy by the appointment of a suitable person from the qualified electors of the district if the term of the vacant office so long continues, until the first Monday of December after the first municipal election occurring more than sixty (60) days after the vacancy shall have occurred. At such election an eligible person shall be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term. When any member of a board of school directors heretofore or hereafter enlists or is inducted into the military or naval forces of the United States in time of war, a temporary vacancy shall be declared, which shall be filled by the remaining members of the board or the court, as the case may be from the qualified electors of the district, until the return of such member of the board from the military or naval service, or until the expiration of the term for which he shall have been elected, whichever shall be the shorter period.