• Below is the list of resolutions passed by the

    Exeter Township School District School Board
     
  • Resolution No. 2018-01 - Opposing ESA Voucher Programs (SB 2)

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 1/26/2018 9:35:00 AM

    RESOLUTION 2018-01

    RESOLUTION OPPOSING ESA VOUCHER PROGRAMS (SB 2)

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania school districts provide countless academic and extracurricular opportunities for learning and growth of all students, preparing them for higher education and careers; and districts have continued to make steady gains in academic achievement, with Pennsylvania students consistently ranked in or near the top 10 nationally on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams for reading and math; and Pennsylvania has been named a national leader in providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs; and

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania also maintains a greater high school graduation rate and a larger percentage of students moving on to higher education than the national average; and

    WHEREAS, more than 80% of Pennsylvania students enrolled in career and technical centers or programs are achieving at the competent or advanced level on industry-based skills assessments, enabling them to earn credentials leading to meaningful employment or college credit equivalencies at cooperating institutions; and

    WHEREAS, public schools ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in compliance with federal and state law and regulations, with students and their families having the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards; and

    WHEREAS, Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher programs such as those under Senate Bill 2 undermine Pennsylvania’s responsibility to ensure every student in every community has equal access to public education; and schools targeted under Senate Bill 2 are already in under-resourced districts; and state money for ESAs would be deducted, on a per-student basis, from a school district’s basic education subsidy; and not only would school districts’ state aid be sent to unaccountable private schools, but such money could also be diverted to higher education, tutoring services and other “qualified education expenses,” not even ensuring students receive full-time educational instruction; and

    WHEREAS, the voucher program in Senate Bill 2 benefits families regardless of income or need, including students already enrolled in private schools or never having attended a targeted public school; and voucher systems in other states have been shown to be vulnerable to financial fraud and abuse; and

    WHEREAS, unlike private schools, public school districts accept, educate and protect the rights of all children who come to their doors, as opposed to those institutions that can reject applicants based on any number of factors and are not required to uphold the rights of students with disabilities; and

    WHEREAS, public schools are held to strict accountability standards that measure student achievement and academic progress, unlike private schools which are not required to use the same standard assessments and reporting requirements as public schools; and provisions under Senate Bill 2 would not require participating private schools to use the same standardized assessments, making comparison and evaluation of academic progress unachievable; and

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Exeter Township School District opposes Senate Bill 2 and any other legislation or any effort by the General Assembly to implement tuition vouchers or any other program that would have an effect of a tuition voucher program, and conveys the importance of supporting and improving the quality of all public schools in the Commonwealth.

    Adopted this 23rd day of January 2018.

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  • Resolution 2017-05 - Calling for Investigation of PSERS Retirement System

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 6/27/2017 2:00:00 PM

    RESOLUTION 2017-05

    CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION OF PSERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    The Board of School Directors of the Exeter Township School District respectfully requests that the State House Representatives, State Senators and Governor Thomas Wolf appoint an independent, external auditor to investigate whether the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System ("PSERS") pension fund has been managed appropriately.

    It is difficult to understand how a pension fund that has maintained a historical 7.50% annual investment return assumption (now 7.25%) continues to be underfunded by a reported $49+ billion. We demand an investigation be initiated to determine if any fraud, mismanagement or other improper activity has occurred while managing the fund.

    The school directors of the Exeter Township School District would also like it to be recognized that the employer contribution rate increases being funded by taxpayers will never restore the underfunded balance of this deficit in any of our lifetimes. Despite employer contribution rates soaring almost 7x since fiscal 2009-2010, the PSERS unfunded pension liability continues to grow every year. In addition, the fiscal 2017-2018 employer contribution rate of 32.57% is projected to increase for the foreseeable future to 36.4% for fiscal 2021-2022.

    We demand that State House Representatives, State Senators and Governor Thomas Wolf take immediate action to reform the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System. To that end, we understand that the courts have determined that it is illegal for states to unilaterally reduce or revoke pension benefits earned by employees in the system; therefore, reform must be creative and appealing. While an overhaul could apply to future workers, it is also critical to work with the unions, legislators, state employees, and others who benefit from this system to reduce the existing unfunded liability and offer options to move forward with a pension system that is fair to both participants and taxpayers alike.

    Therefore, the school directors of the Exeter Township School District ask the Governor and every legislator to support immediate action on pension reform and an external investigation to determine if any mismanagement or improper activity has occurred while managing the fund.

    Adopted this 20th day of June, 2017.

     

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  • Resolution 2017-04 Calling for Reform of Funding for Cyber Charter Schools

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 5/19/2017 2:15:00 PM

    RESOLUTION 2017-04

    CALLING FOR REFORM OF FUNDING FOR CYBER CHARTER SCHOOLS

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    WHEREAS, the current funding formula for cyber charter schools is based on school district expenditures with no relationship to the actual instructional costs of the students attending the charter school; and

    WHEREAS, the current cyber charter school funding formula for special education differs from the formula used to calculate school district special education subsidies and is not based on the actual costs of the cyber charter school to meet the needs of their students with disabilities; and

    WHEREAS, the current charter school payment system causes school districts to overpay for special education costs, with charter schools receiving a $100 million (and growing) windfall as a result of this broken special education funding system; and

    WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is the sole authorizer of cyber charter schools, yet almost all of the costs for cyber charter schools are unfairly borne by local taxpayers; and

    WHEREAS, the Exeter Township School District’s cyber charter school expenditures for the past five years reflect extraordinary costs that were borne by its taxpayers as follows:

     

    Fiscal Year

    Regular Ed Tuition

    Paid by the District to

    Cyber Schools

    Special Ed Tuition

    Paid by the District to

    Cyber Schools

    Total Tuition

    Paid by the District to

    Cyber Schools

    2012-13

    $932,228

    $395,796

    $1,328,024

    2013-14

    $780,903

    $530,052

    $1,310,955

    2014-15

    $691,185

    $557,579

    $1,248,664

    2015-16

    $607,047

    $552,465

    $1,159,512

    2016-17

    $648,603 est.

                $361,257 est.

    $1,009,859 est.

     

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Exeter Township School Board urges its elected officials to support legislation that corrects the tuition for regular and special education to cyber charter schools so that it is based on the actual costs of educating their students and relieves the financial burden on school districts and local taxpayers. Omnibus charter school legislation under House Bill 97 fails to establish meaningful change to this payment system.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be submitted to the elected senators and representatives of the Exeter Township School District in the General Assembly, and to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

    Adopted this 15th day of May 2017.

     

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  • Resolution 2017-03 Opposing Charter School Provisions Under House Bill 97

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 5/19/2017 2:15:00 PM

    RESOLUTION 2017-03

    OPPOSING CHARTER SCHOOL PROVISIONS UNDER HOUSE BILL 97

    BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EXETER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s outdated Charter School Law is 20 years old and changes are needed to address concerns and update issues regarding funding, accountability, transparency and academic performance of charter schools and cyber charter schools; and

    WHEREAS, charter schools are publicly funded and privately operated institutions governed by non-elected boards that are not accountable to taxpayers, yet paid for with local school districts funds; and

    WHEREAS, the Charter School Law exempts charters from many of the state’s statutory and regulatory requirements and creates an uneven playing field in numerous important areas, including but not limited to fiscal management, audits, conflicts of interest, public reporting, student enrollment, instruction and services, staffing and evaluation, thereby exacerbating inequality with traditional public schools; and

    WHEREAS, the current funding formulas for charter schools have no relationship to the actual instructional costs of the students attending the charter school, particularly for special education instruction and services, resulting in escalating costs and overpayments by school districts and taxpayers to charter schools; and

    WHEREAS, the General Assembly is considering omnibus charter school legislation under House Bill 97 that fails to establish meaningful change. Among the most troubling provisions are: a funding commission that is too broadly focused; an unbalanced composition of the state Charter School Appeal Board; expanded charter terms and renewals that further remove authorizer oversight; a limited matrix for evaluating renewals; a faulty process for amending a charter; and the creation of a double standard for teacher evaluation that is less than that of traditional public schools.

    WHEREAS, the Exeter Township School Board believes that charter schools should be held to the same standards of academic performance, accountability and transparency that local school districts must uphold.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Exeter Township School Board opposes House Bill 97 and urges its elected officials to reject House Bill 97 in favor of a different approach that addresses true reform in the core areas of funding, accountability and governance.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be submitted to the elected senators and representatives of the Exeter Township School District in the General Assembly, and to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

    Adopted this 15th day of May, 2017.

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  • Resolution Celebrating the Life and Honoring the Memory of Don Thomas

    Posted by Donna Napoli on 2/24/2017 9:10:00 AM

    RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND

    HONORING THE MEMORY OF DON THOMAS

    WHEREAS, on January 21, 2017, the Exeter Township School District lost a dear friend and valued member of our District family in the passing of Don Thomas; and,

    WHEREAS, Don joined the staff in the mid-1950’s during the infancy of Exeter as a 1-12 district, and was a key contributor to forming a culture that continues to this day; and,

    WHEREAS, in his long history with the Exeter Township school district, Don had a positive influence on so many things. As a teacher, coach and athletic director, he was completely committed to the success of our students, our student-athletes, the school district, and the larger Exeter community; and,

    WHEREAS, as a classroom teacher, Don created the same enthusiasm in his students that he nurtured on the athletic field. His classroom techniques were designed to draw even the most shy or reclusive student into the educational experience and created a classroom environment that demanded active participation by all students in a group-learning experience. He emphasized the opportunities our nation provided, humanized the early history of our nation and illustrated the need for each individual to contribute to the continuance of our grand experiment through commitment to the founders' principles. Don emphasized the value of patriotism, loyalty to community and a team spirit that extended to daily life as well as athletics; and,

    WHEREAS, Don was instrumental in creating the athletic department structure that allowed development of a varsity sports program to establish the District and its students as a force in interscholastic sports in Berks County and southeast Pennsylvania. He guided and developed our student-athletes in a young football program to its first winning season in 1964 and soon thereafter as champions in the inter-county league; and,

    WHEREAS, as a mentor, Don made every effort to utilize his contacts gained through his collegiate athletic experience and his position as athletic director to provide opportunities to Exeter students. In later life, he was instrumental in forming the Alumni organization that continues its efforts to maintain the bonds to the School District and its students with its alumni; and,

    WHEREAS, Don’s tireless efforts on behalf of the district earned the respect of so many. He was inducted into Exeter's Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments and his many contributions were recognized when the high school stadium was named in his honor; now therefore be it

    RESOLVED, that the Exeter Township School District celebrates the memory of our friend, Don Thomas, and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the entire Thomas family.

     

    Approved February 21, 2017

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