Update on 2016-2017 School Calendar

Thank you for your input on the calendar.  Based on the feedback, I discussed the options last night with the School Board and recommended “Option A” which is the option most similar to the 2015-2016 calendar.  The board will formally vote on the recommendation at their next meeting on February 16th.  Thanks for your input and your comments.  The comments were very helpful.  Here is a file of the proposed calendar: 2016-2017Calendar Penn Manor – Proposed 2.1.2016

Here is a summary of the overall preferences for each option:

Faculty (101 responses)

Option A – 60%
Option B – 35%
Option C – 5%
Staff (9 responses)

Option A – 67%
Option B – 33%
Option C – 0%
Parents/Community (88 responses)
Option A – 62%
Option B – 19%
Option C – 19%
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Please provide feedback on the superintendent’s annual 360 survey

Penn Manor parents and community members are once again being asked for  input on my performance so that the school board and I may assess my strengths and needs to improve my performance in future years.

The online survey is available at the link below via the Survey Monkey tool, which is easy to use and includes an open-response area where community members may share their opinions directly the Penn Manor School Board and me. All nine board members will review the comments and summary scores.

Even those who do not feel they have had enough interaction with me to fully evaluate my performance are urged to take this opportunity to share their overall impressions of Penn Manor School District.

Surveys should be completed no later than February 19.

The survey form is available at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NBBYSX7

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Proposed Calendar for 2016-2017

On February 1st I will be discussing the proposed school calendar options for 2016-2017 at the School Board meeting and will be asking for board approval of one of the three options on February 16th.  I welcome additional comments on the three options and have created a survey for parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members.  You will find a link to download the three options.  The survey can be found at this link: Click here for survey

Revised Draft Calendar A – Penn Manor – 2016-2017

Revised Draft Calendar B- Penn Manor – 2016-2017

Draft Calendar C – Penn Manor – 2016-2017

Calendar Draft Comparisons

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Snow, Roads, & Opening School

Penn Manor School District will open on a two-hour delay with modified kindergarten for Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Lancaster County received a tremendous amount of snow, but most of our school district has dug out enough for buses to travel. At some point classes must resume, and we feel that one more day off will not make a significant difference in most of the district’s roads.

We expect that some of our roads may be difficult to travel for the rest of the week, and ask for your patience as many buses will likely be running late. In addition, many intersections still have large piles of snow making visibility challenging and a number of roads still have only one travel lane, so we urge caution.

To those teens and their parents who are concerned about sending an inexperienced driver onto the roads, remember that students with parking passes are still entitled to ride their assigned bus to school if they do not feel comfortable driving.

Our school district covers 110 square miles with vastly different geography within the five municipalities that comprise the district. I consider all of the information at my disposal to make the decision to open school. Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children to school are entitled to keep them at home. Student absences on a difficult travel day will be excused as long as parents send a note to school with your child.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Dr. Mike Leichliter, Superintendent

*Thanks goes to several of my superintendent colleagues for sharing their posts and allowing me to borrow some of their thoughts for this post.

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Parent & Community Survey

Dear Parents & Community Members,

As part of the desire to make continued improvements to Penn Manor School District, the following questions have been developed in order for you to provide input for school district officials.  If you have children in multiple buildings, we encourage you to complete a survey for each school.

Please take a few minutes and provide your feedback. Note that this survey link is for ALL district parents with children currently in any one of the 10 Penn Manor Schools. If you have children in multiple buildings, we encourage you to complete a survey for each school.  There is also a separate survey if you are a community member who does not have a child currently enrolled in the schools.

Parent Survey Link (if you have a child currently enrolled in Penn Manor): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/65GQ8HY   

Community Survey Link (if you do not have a child currently enrolled in Penn Manor): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z9LYJXQ

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey!

Mike Leichiter

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