Board passes Proposed Final Budget

On April 27, 2023, The Board of School Directors of the Quakertown Community School District approved the proposed final Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 which totals $131,955,417. This amount includes $2.24 million in Capital Expenditures. The proposed millage rate is 175.65; that rate reflects a 2% percent millage (tax) increase over the 2022-2023 millage rate.

PLEASE NOTE: The Board of School Directors will consider options between 0% and 2% when adopting the final budget on June 8, 2023.

**Notice is given that the proposed Final Budget for the General Fund of Quakertown Community School District for the 2023-2024 fiscal year in its most recent form will be made available for public inspection on the Quakertown Community School District Website:, and is expected to be presented for adoption as a Final Budget at the School Board meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 8, 2023. If an individual is unable to access the proposed final budget on the District website, a printed copy may be obtained by contacting Stacy Reiss via email at [email protected].

The budget may be amended before final adoption.

Dawn Young, Business Administrator

Culinary student best in PA, qualifies for nationals

Eric FosbennerEric Fosbenner, a junior at Quakertown Community High School and Upper Bucks County Technical School, won the Gold Medal at the SkillsUSA state competition in Culinary Arts.

Though only Gold Medal winners qualify for nationals, five other QCHS students medaled in the state competition. Junior Georgina Martinez took second place in Job Interview Skills, senior Marley Guise was third in Crime Scene Investigation, and juniors Isabel McCarty, Madison Nelson, and Jessica Wu were third in the Health Knowledge Bowl.

“These students had their hard work pay off and we are incredibly proud of their fantastic accomplishments,” QCHS Principal Mattias van 't Hoenderdaal said.

Read more about Eric here.

Math 24 Championship Goes To Richland

Ryan Richwine holds the Math 24 trophy.For the fifth time in seven Math 24 Tournaments, Richland took home the Quakertown Community School District gold medal trophy. Richland dominated the final four round with the tournament’s top four finishers.

Ryan Richwine won the individual championship, and his teammates followed right behind with Jailian Meer second, Quinn Mack third and Milo Toro fourth in the competition among fourth and fifth graders at Quakertown Community High School, where district families filled the upper gymnasium.

In addition to the top four finalists, Richland had four additional team members reach the top 16: Luke Farnese, Andrew Mutu, David McBride, and Bowie Halvorsen.

Here's more on Richland's victory.

Board Introduces New Superintendent

New Quakertown Community School District Superintendent Dr. Matthew Friedman stands with his family.The Quakertown Community School Board is pleased to announce Dr. Matthew Friedman as the new Superintendent to lead the District. Dr. Friedman will replace Dr. Bill Harner, who is retiring after nearly a decade of service.

Dr. Friedman was hired after a 4-month national search. The search included a community survey that received hundreds of responses, multiple interviews with the School Board along with stakeholder group interviews with parents, community leaders, principals, administrators, teachers, professional staff, and support staff.

The School Board received many highly qualified candidates due to the great
reputation of Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Here's more about the new Superintendent.

State Champions

Caroline Hattala reacts to winning the state championship.

Referee raises Collin Gaj's arm in triumph.Quakertown Community High School has two state champions as Collin Gaj and Caroline Hattala won titles in the boys and girls tournaments. Collin, a sophomore, went 49-0 this season on his way to the championship. Caroline, a freshman, pinned all four of her opponents to capture the crown. “It’s a pretty monumental accomplishment,” Coach Kurt Handel said.

Said Caroline: “We have such amazing coaches and wrestling partners. I couldn’t be more grateful. They’ve made me into the wrestler that I am. The best part of Quakertown wrestling is everyone’s so willing to help. It’s really a family here.”

Said Collin: “After my last takedown, I look over at the corner and see the coaches with smiles so big. I ran over and gave them hugs. Then I ran over and hugged my family. Definitely won’t forget that day forever.”

Wrestling story and pullout section

QCSD Special Education Plan, 2023-2026

Each school district in Pennsylvania is required to develop a Special Education plan aligned with its strategic plan. The plan reflects ongoing programs and services and incorporates anticipated changes in programming as a result of corrective action generated by cyclical monitoring and improvement planning and other factors.

Here is QCSD’s Special Education plan for 2023-26.

Carolyn Sipprell reaches 1,000 points

Carolyn Sipprell shoots against Pennridge.When Carolyn Sipprell walks into the Quakertown Community High School gymnasium, she often looks up at the banner with the names of the Panthers’ 1,000-point scorers.

Her goal at the beginning of her senior season was to join the group of five girls basketball players who preceded her to that rarified achievement: Daniella Ciccarone (2010), Colleen Gavin (2009), Jen Carlson (1989), Anita Serge (1980) and Miram Afflerbach (1930).

Carolyn, in the midst of a marvelous campaign season, notched point number 1,000 on January 31st to join that select group. She did so with a career-high 30-point effort in overtime against Wissahickon, a 52-49 Panther triumph. On February 7th against Abington her accomplishment was celebrated by the home crowd.

Here's more on Carolyn's amazing career.

QCHS musician accomplishes extremely rare feat

Zach Polek singingZach Polek is the first Quakertown Community High School student in more than three decades to finish in first place in auditions as both a singer and an instrumentalist for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 chorus, band, and orchestra.

“That was a shock,” said Zach, a junior who is a baritone and plays the trombone. “Wow, definitely a shock.”

While the accomplishment is extraordinary, the educators who have seen Zach’s growth praised his work ethic. “It’s not like this fell out of the sky and landed on him,” said Choral Director Erin Camburn. “He has three important traits for success: talent, a real desire to improve, and he works extremely hard. I am so happy for him.”

Here's more on Zach's accomplishment.

Message from new School Board President, Glenn Iosue

School Board President Glenn IosueStudents are our future! My passion is for students to have a great experience at QCSD and to be prepared for whatever they decide to pursue. When I was in pre-school, I fondly remember my mother gifting me a music box. The music box had four students sitting at desks with a teacher instructing the class. The music box played “School Days, School Days”. I kept this music box until graduating from college. As a toddler, I would take apart items to figure them out. On occasion, my mother would ask my father if he was working on the faucet again. I eventually became a Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Engineer. I enjoy solving problems while helping others. I am committed to helping our students and continuing to improve our schools. We are preparing students with the knowledge and skills to pursue their dreams. I am amazed at the diversity of our educational curriculum and wealth of activities for College-readiness and Career-readiness.

Continue reading Mr. Iosue's message.

Thank you, support staff!

Driver Alert: Video enforcement to Begin on School Buses

The Quakertown Community School District has launched a school bus safety program in partnership with Quakertown Borough, Richland Township, and Pennsylvania State Police in line with PA Motor Vehicle Code § 3345.1.

All Levy school buses are now equipped with BusPatrol’s safety technology, including stop-arm enforcement cameras designed to detect vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses. This safety initiative seeks to curb dangerous motorist behavior around school buses and make the journey to and from school safer for all student riders.

For more information on this bus safety program, please click here.

988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

On July 16, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched.  It's a critical new resource for those struggling with mental health and other crisis situations.

Through the lifeline, those experiencing crises will be able to obtain immediate life-saving counseling from professional operators, as well as critical expanded connections to community-based providers who can deliver a full range of crisis care services.

For more information on 988, click on this link.

Panther in Q with Title IX writing above Q

 On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education amended the regulations implementing the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. To ensure that no student, employee or third party participating in or attempting to participate in an education activity or program is discriminated against based on sex, the Quakertown Community School District has updated its Title IX procedures. Click here for Title IX information.

Employment Opportunities

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