Admin

Administration

Well we are off and running here in South Western! As you can imagine the last 2 months have been a whirlwind for me and the staff. The start of every school year is a time of anticipation for a wonderful school year and excitement to meet new friends. I have seen both of these first hand as I have visited each school multiple times over these past few months. It is one of my favorite things to do, visit classrooms and witness the outstanding opportunities for our students.

While I have been impressed by many different moments here in South Western; I think some of the most impressive moments were in classrooms where students were challenged by their teacher(s) to think outside the box. Or, when a student works together with a classmate to “tackle” a problem. I have also been impressed by the reimagining of some of the school district's classrooms. Reimagining through flexible seating appearing all across the district. It has been said the classroom design has not changed in a hundred years. Well, I would invite those people to our school district to see some of the innovative ways the seating in our classrooms has changed, inviting students to converse about their learning and the tasks that have been assigned to the class.

One more topic before I end my opening letter to you, the South Western Community. The topic is pride. It has been one of the most palpable feelings I have experienced since my arrival. It started with the excitement at the bus stops when Dr. Hartman and I rode the buses on the first day of school. It was reinforced by the spirit sticks and school building t-shirts worn during sprite week, and one of my favorites, the lip sync challenge held at the HS Pep Rally between the students and the teachers. There is such a feeling of community pride in all we do here in South Western. So, as we continue our journey together this school year, I would ask you to continue your support by showing your pride in our school district and continue your support of our students and teachers, for it is you that drives us all to be the best we can be!

Dr. Jay H. Burkhart

Superintendent (2017-Present)

Responsible for organization and implementation of all programs and personnel. Provide informed professional leadership to board and staff. Oversee selection, deployment, and supervision of all district employees. Lead in development of two-way system of internal and external communications for district. Lead in the development and maintenance of cooperation between schools and community.

Dr. Burkhart's evaluation was completed on October 12, 2020, and he met the objective performance standards in his Contract.

Contracts

Goals

Elementary

Goals:

  • College Readiness – Ensure all students have access to a high-quality academic program which includes a rigorous, challenging, and standards-aligned curricula, delivered through personalized instructional practices.
  • Career Readiness – Ensure all students have access to and engage with career awareness, exploration, and planning activities, including experiential learning opportunities that align to the PA Career and Work Standards.
  • Life Readiness – Ensure all students are equipped with the skills, mindsets, and dispositions to have self-efficacy and agency over their own learning and decisions.

Emory H. Markle Intermediate School

Goals:

  • College Readiness – Ensure all students have access to a high quality academic program which includes a rigorous, challenging, and standards-aligned curricula, delivered through personalized instructional practices.
    • 80% of EHMMS students in mathematics will demonstrate growth from their beginning of the year benchmark when completed to CDT category tests given throughout the school year.
  • Career Readiness – Ensure all students have access to and engage with career awareness, exploration, and planning activities, including experiential learning opportunities that align to the PA Career and Work Standards.
    • The EHMMS counseling department along with school administration will implement a new career program (Xello). Each EHMMS student will complete required Career activities through this program.
  • Life Readiness – Ensure all students are equipped with the skills, mindsets, and dispositions to have self-efficacy and agency over their own learning and decisions.
    • EHMMS will develop a reopening plan that includes a revised master schedule, a distance learning plan and safety protocols that allow EHMMS learners to return safety in a hybrid learning environment.

South Western High School

Goals:

  • College Readiness – Ensure all students have access to a high-quality academic program which includes a rigorous, challenging, and standards-aligned curricula, delivered through personalized instructional practices.
    • Provide AP, College in the High School, and Dual Enrollment information to every student.
  • Career Readiness – Ensure all students have access to and engage with career awareness, exploration, and planning activities, including experiential learning opportunities that align to the PA Career and Work Standards.
    • Students complete their Career Coaching/Future Ready activities in Xello.
  • Life Readiness – Ensure all students are equipped with the skills, mindsets, and dispositions to have self-efficacy and agency over their own learning and decisions.
    • Students will continue to access courses and their resources for each individual class in Canvas.

Athletic Director

Goals:

  • To serve as a member of the South Western Administrative committee, responsible for the ongoing preparation and implementation of the plan for safely reopening the District’s schools, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To create a more definitive partnership between the South Western High School Varsity Club and the South Western School District Athletic Department.
  • To continue increasing the continuity between Junior High and High School Athletics within the District.

Administration - Director of Data & Instructional Technology

Goals:

  • Review and revise the All Hazards Plan (AHP) – Emergency Operations Manual to reflect current best practices as per Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
  • Develop a district-wide contact tracing team and process based on PA Department of Health, PA Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control, and Johns Hopkins University recommendations to promote and support the safe reopening school plan for 2020-2021 and ongoing operations.
  • Provide leadership and support with the transition to Lincoln Edge cyber program – workflow documentation, communication, Sapphire coding and PIMS reporting.
  • Read the book Atomic Habits, by James Clear, and apply the framework to daily workflow habits as documented within my Google calendar and weekly workflow Google Doc.

Administration - Special Education

Goals:

  • In accordance with federal and state regulations, create consistent district wide practices and procedures for the provision of special education programming.
  • Using the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, create a reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Develop and implement a district wide communication protocol for administrators.

Administration - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Goals:

  • Implement quality instructional design and delivery monitoring systems that support effective use of Canvas learning manage system by district stakeholders.
  • Increase alignment of district instructional programs with local, state and national regulations related to school operations.
    Complies with Federal, State, and LEA Mandates: The principal/school leader designs protocols and processes in order to comply with federal, state and LEA mandates.
  • Increase opportunities for all students and staff to meaningfully experience at least one current best practice in grading and assessment.
  • Increase Opportunities for students and staff.
  • Create, train and launch a curriculum instruction assessment secondary (6-12) teacher leadership team.

Administration - Assistant Superintendent

Goals:

  • Ensure all district students have equitable access to a highly qualified and highly effective professional staff measured by the following Key Point Indicators (KPIs) and completion of the following action steps.
    Key Point Indicators:
    •  100% of professional staff are appropriately state certified.
    • 100% of paraprofessionals working in Title I buildings meet highly qualified status.
    • Maintain less than a 20% variance in average years’ experience among the four elementary schools going into the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Less than 5% of teaching staff in any one building identified as ‘Ineffective’ based on the ESSA Teacher Effectiveness Rating going into the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Maintain an attrition rate of 7% or less for professional/administrative positions.
    • 100% completion of identified action steps.
  • Using the CDC, Department of Health, and PDE guidance, create a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Provide leadership and support in helping the district k-12 school counseling team continue to evolve district career readiness efforts measured by completion of identified action steps.
  • Increase and enhance leadership development opportunities for administrators and professional staff within the South Western School District as measured by completion of identified action steps.

Administration - Superintendent

Goals:

  • District Phased Reopening Goal for the 2020-21 School Year – Superintendent will work collaboratively with the School Board, Administration, Faculty, Staff and Community to develop and implement a district phased reopening plan that will be in compliance with the guidelines established by PDE and PA DOH.
  • Instructional Goal – Livestreaming of Classroom Instruction – As a result of the ongoing pandemic, and the potential interruptions to student instruction, the district will need to develop and execute an instructional model that supports livestreaming instruction to students who are unable to attend face to face instruction in the classrooms.
  • Management of COVID-19 Expenses and 2021-22 Budget Development – Superintendent will work collaboratively with the Business Manager to monitor and track expenses associated with the CARES Funding Act (and any subsequent funding sources) and all other expenses related to the ongoing pandemic during the 2020-21 school year.
  • EHMMS Building Renovations – In collaboration with the Director of Facilities, continue to provide oversight of the ongoing EHMMS building renovation project for the 2020-21 school year.

Administration - Business Administrator

Goals:

  • Establishing and implementing reopening plan for schools.
  • Reorganize and update the administrative evaluations system.
  • Prepare to implement the newly approved district-wide wellness initiative.
  • Provide high school students with shadowing opportunities in concert with the Redefining Ready program.

Director of Accounting Services

Goals:

  • Applying for all grants associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Work with Doug Greenholt to investigate a record storage and retrieval system.
  • Determine if the Financial Section of the Board Report Packet Needs Redesigned.
  • Determine if the Monthly Cafeteria Reports are in need of a Redesign.

Director of School Facilities

Goals:

  • Develop, Establish COVID response plan.
  • Represent district interest throughout course of EHMIS Renovation.
  • Redefining Ready – Offer exposure, knowledge and experience towards the advancement of career readiness in the building industry; design, construction and maintenance. I will offer guest speaking and facilitating opportunities for internship and/or shadowing for students interested in the mechanical trades, architecture, engineering, or construction management.

Director of Transportation

Goals:

  • Establishing and Implementing Transportation Plan for Reopening Schools.
  • To Learn All Aspects of the SWSD Transportation Department.
  • Review options for special needs contracting.
  • Attend PASBO and Tri-County Transportation Meetings and Workshops.

Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Goals:

  • Plan & Support the Districts reopening plan and be prepared to change serving styles or schedules by providing meals to our students both in school, alternate schedules & Distance learners – While being in compliance with the USDA & PDE Food & Nutrition.
  • Review the Monthly Cafeteria Reports to Determine Presentation Effectiveness.
  • Redefining Ready – Offer guest speaking, internship or shadowing for students of interest in food service or nutrition to gain hours and knowledge for career readiness.

Director of Technology

Goals:

  • Redefining Ready – Provide Tech Center Students educational opportunities for advanced certifications.
  • Support the Re-Opening of Schools during COVID-19.
  • Plan to implement on-line forms within Sapphire for the upcoming school year.
  • Technology – Work with Doug Fuhrman to develop/implement record retention system.
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