January is School Director Recognition Month

Members of the QCSD School Board stand together for a photo in the the District Office's Community Room.
Board members do a lot. Please take the opportunity to let them know their work is appreciated.


How many people do you know who would take a job with no financial benefit and countless hours of work that leaves themselves wide open to public criticism because their decisions are so vital to a promising future for our young people?

In Pennsylvania, there are 4,500 of them. Their motivation is to contribute to perhaps this nation’s most vital institution, the public education of your children. They are School Board members and the job they do ensures our schools continue to provide opportunities for the success of every student.

Every January, we take time to celebrate and recognize these everyday heroes – the nine elected School Board members for the challenging work they do on behalf of our students, families, employees and community. These dedicated volunteers are your neighbors, friends, community leaders, parents at your school, and engaged senior citizens.

In Quakertown, School Directors devote 20-plus hours a month to the challenging and complex responsibilities of Board and district business. Oftentimes, many people only pay attention to the School Board when there’s a tax vote, but they do much more than just setting millage rates. Their work includes adopting policy, voting on budgets, and evaluating the superintendent. Through Board policy and working with the district’s administration, they set high standards of performance and accountability, offer new choices and options for parents and students, and work to ensure adequate funding and broad community engagement.

Unlike the federal and state government, the Board is required to balance the budget each year despite increasing state and federal mandates that don’t include adequate funding from those authorities. The impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic has added an additional challenge to their heavy lift, as they determine how best to provide for the needs of students, their families and district employees in this new environment. The pressures are immense. Yet, they haven’t flinched in the face of the challenges or shied away from their responsibilities.

During this month of recognition, please take a moment and show your gratitude for your School Directors’ time, dedication, and effort. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interest, and most importantly, for making the success of your children their priority. All Board members may be reached at board@qcsd.org.

The locally elected volunteer public servants who contribute to keeping the public school system strong and effective in Quakertown are: Jon Kern, President; Ron Jackson, Vice President; Todd Hippauf, Glenn Iosue, Michael Post, Brian Reimers, Diane Richino, Chuck Shermer and Chris Spear.

 


Message from the Board President



QCSD, Qespa agree on recruitment, retention plan

The Quakertown Community School District and Quakertown Educational Support Personnel Association (QESPA) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a recruitment and retention plan that includes pay increases in affected categories, changes to longevity pay, recruitment bonuses and restructuring the number of hours for some positions.

The Quakertown Community School Board unanimously approved the agreement at its November 11th meeting. QESPA’s membership, which includes approximately 225 full- and part-time employees, including secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance staff and aides, voted in favor of the plan on November 22nd.

Click here for the Memorandum of Understanding.

Click here for the press release.


National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students

Two Quakertown Community High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional academic promise.

Avinash Paul qualified as a semifinalist in the prestigious program for 2022 while Avadar Brownlee achieved the status of a Commended Student.

Click here for a story about Avinash.

Click here for a story about Avadar.


Free COVID-19 testing

The Bucks County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing for:

  • Bucks County school employees and contractors.
  • Bucks County children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

This free testing opportunity is not for individuals required to provide proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Per the Bucks County Health Department, individuals required to produce proof of a negative test in lieu of vaccination will need to secure other testing arrangements.

Click here for the flyer which contains all the necessary links, addresses, and expectations.  Please note that appointments are required and can be scheduled by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link provided.   No walk-ins are accepted.

COVID testing at St. Luke's University Health Network.

CVS and Rite Aid do testing as well, and appointments can be made via their websites.

Click here to find other COVID-19 testing locations.

For information on picking up free rapid test kits, click here.


ESSER Funding


Approximately $5.6 million of funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal grant program has been allocated to the Quakertown Community School District.

School districts are required to meet several specifications to receive this funding. The first is that they follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance with their Health And Safety Plan. Another is to receive public input and feedback from stakeholders.

The essence of QCSD's ESSER Funding Plan is focused on the myriad of academic, social-emotional, and mental health issues that resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The federal dollars are one-time money and must be targeted at those needs.

Please take the time to review the Plan here and provide your feedback to Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and the School Board at board@qcsd.org.
 


BACK-TO-BACK YEARS OF NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

For two consecutive years, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quakertown Community School Board has not raised property taxes. 


When Directors approved the 2021-22 final budget on June 10th, the $118.9 million financial plan maintained the millage rate of 168.83. The budget includes the use of $1.2 million from the reserve fund.


Click here for a copy of the 2021-22 budget.


Special Section: Commencement 2021


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 information.

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