October 6, 2015Dear Methacton Community,As your Superintendent of Schools, I plan to provide information over the next several months regarding important matters impacting our students, our district, and our community, including student performance and programming, finances and budgeting, capital improvements, and several other important areas. These communications are centered on providing information to all as the district prepares to begin a comprehensive organizational strategic planning process.
More specifically, I will touch upon the recently approved 2015-2016 budget, which included no tax increase; the district’s capital campaign efforts, which have thus far resulted in private donations of more than $1.4 million to offset the athletic field improvements at the high school; and our developing efforts to bolster our STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) programming. In addition to these good news items, I will also discuss topics that are challenging for our community including the evaluation of a potential school closing due to declining student enrollment.
In order to realize our mission as the Methacton School District, we must have a strong alliance between our community, our students, our parents, and our teachers. Here in Methacton, I believe we have this alliance, and that it is tremendously strong. It is my duty to ensure that our students come first and that I consider the interests of our families and our community. Our teachers must have access to needed resources, our parents must remain informed and be given a voice in our educational decision making, and those who contribute to funding our programs must be assured that I have considered them in my decision making as well.
The larger community of 11,000 plus households has a vested interest in the success of our schools. While academic, music, art, and athletic successes are the norm in Methacton, the educational, social and fiscal landscape challenges us to focus our conversations and energies on sustainability and growth for your children, my students, and our community.
These ongoing communications will be posted to the district’s website here in the superintendent's section, with paper copies available in all district schools and the Lower Providence Community Library. To receive an email notification when updates are posted, simply register by clicking the "register" button in the uppermost right-hand corner of the screen, creating a username and password.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools.Dr. David ZerbeSuperintendent of Schools