Standing, l-r: Joshua Waldorf, John Palmer, Christian Schwartz, Gary Sanderson (President), and T.R. Kannan.
Seated, l-r: Debra Wachspress (Vice President), Kim Hilty (Assistant Secretary), Jacqueline Redner, and Alison Smith.
of the Board of School Directors and School District staff appreciate
your interest in the Board meetings and business of the Pennsbury school
system. Public understanding, participation, and communication are
vital to a successful educational environment for students in Pennsbury.
You are encouraged to read the minutes of recent meetings and anticipate agenda items of the next meeting to assist in your active participation.
Board is comprised of nine residents, each elected for a four-year
term. Four members began their terms in 2013, and five will complete
their terms in 2015. Two student members (nonvoting) are appointed
according to state guidelines. Anyone who is 18 years old, a citizen of
the United States for three months, and a resident of the School
District for 30 days, is eligible to vote in School Board elections. Any
qualified voter who is 21 years old may stand for election to the
Board Duties and Responsibilities
The Board has complete and final control over local school matters
within the framework set by the Pennsylvania State Legislature and
Pennsylvania State Board of Education. The Board acts as a legislative
body, determining general policies for the programs, care, management,
and finance of the District's public schools. The Superintendent or
Chief Executive Officer and his administrative staff are responsible for
the execution of these policies.
the general purpose of the School District. Set goals toward the
achievement of District purposes. Approve programs and organization for
pursuing the District goals and purposes. Secure resources for school
operating needs and programs. Decide how resources will be used. Review
all phases of the School District operation. Evaluate general
achievements of goals and performance. Express and represent the views
of the community in matters affecting education. Interpret educational
programs and needs of the community.
- Communicate with the community, other educational governing boards, municipal bodies, and legislators.
Participants at Board Meetings
A quorum of five Board members is needed to conduct any official School
District business. However, a majority of the full Board is necessary
for most financial and legal actions. In addition to the Board, the
Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer and members of his
administrative team will be on hand to provide reports and explanations
on matters of concern to the Board. At most meetings, a department
representative will share information about the function, effectiveness,
and future plans of the service. Such issues as goals, evaluation,
growth, budget, instructional methods, and programs are addressed.
Recognition of the Public
Individuals or delegations who wish to appear before the Board,
concerning any item, may speak for three minutes at agenda or regular
Board meetings. Residents and non-residents are asked to sign in if they
wish to address the Board, and will be called forward in that order. To
review the complete Board policy on public participation.
How You Can Be Involved
Citizen participation is one key to successful school programs.
Community members have served on district advisory councils in areas
such as vocational education, community school services, technology and
special education; advisory committees for school finance, safe schools,
transportation; and PTO study committees for annual reviews of
curriculum areas and many others. If you are interested, call the
Coordinator of Communications at 215-428-4178. The community is an
important resource. If you would like to be involved at your school,
call or stop by and find out what you can do to help. Volunteers are
valuable in schools in tutoring students, serving on PTO boards or
community councils, assisting teachers, supervising activities, etc.
How You Can Be Informed
complete minutes from each School Board meeting may be found in this
section of the Pennsbury Web site under "Meeting Minutes." For a summary
of the latest District-wide activities each month, see "What's New" on
the homepage and click on "This Month in Pennsbury." Copies of policies
established by the Board are available through school principals or at
the District's Central Administration offices, 134 Yardley Avenue,
Fallsington. To visit the section of the Pennsbury Web site devoted to
Board policies. For general information, please call the Coordinator of Communications at 215-428-4178.
Addressing Your Concerns
Citizens with questions about the operation of individual schools are
encouraged to first contact the teacher or staff member closest to the
situation. The next step is to contact the school principal. Then, if
necessary, concerns may be brought to the attention of the appropriate
central administrator. Unresolved matters would then be brought to the
Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer.
News media representatives are invited to each meeting. Meetings are
frequently covered by The Advance of Bucks County, the Bucks County
Courier Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Levittown.Patch.com, and in
some cases television and radio stations.
Copies of the agenda are available in the Board Secretary's office and
at each Board meeting. An advance copy of the agenda is posted on the
Pennsbury Web site prior to each meeting. The agenda contains business
to be considered at each meeting. Board members receive the agenda and
supporting documents before each meeting so they may be prepared to make
The Board usually meets on the first and second Thursdays of each month
in the multi-purpose room of Fallsington Elementary School, 134 Yardley
Avenue, in Fallsington at 8:00 p.m. Please check the Board Meeting
Schedule on this Web site for specific dates, times and locations.