A technology advisory committee has recommended that the North Allegheny School District begin a one-to-one technology initiative, starting in the 2015-16 school year. The recommendation was presented at the school board meeting on Wednesday, March 25.

To view the North Allegheny School District e-Report, click here.

To view the presentation given at the school board meeting, click here.

To read coverage from the Post Gazette, click here.

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North Allegheny school board president Chris Jacobs and vice-president Tara Fisher have changed positions.

Mr. Jacobs, who became president in December 2013, said he would not be able to attend many board meetings “in the foreseeable future” because of his work-related travel.

“It has truly been an honor to serve in this capacity,” he said.

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The school board approved the contract by a 9-0 vote Wednesday. The North Allegheny Federation of Teachers ratified it on Monday.

The five-year pact includes salary increases of approximately 2.5 percent annually, an increase in the amount members will pay for health insurance and adjustments to supplemental contracts for teachers who sponsor extracurricular activities or sponsor sports teams.

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The North Allegheny School Board held its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday night.  Chris Jacobs was re-elected President and Tara Fisher was re-elected Vice President.

The Board also took action on three new initiatives– a Budget and Finance Committee, a Citizens Advisory Committee, and an Information Technology Report.

1. The newly formed Budget and Finance Committee, comprised of three Board Members, will work with the Administration to gather information and make recommendations related to the budget and other financial matters.

2. The newly organized Citizens Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, Board members, and administrators, will address a variety of important issues facing the District.

3. The newly established Information Technology Report, prepared by District administrators, will be included in the Board folder to highlight the measures the District is undertaking in the area of technology.

To read more about the developments from Wednesday night’s meeting, please click here.

 

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The North Allegheny School District’s redistricting helped offset the demographic shifts the district has been experiencing for several years, an official said.

School administrators also presented enrollment and facilities and capital funding plan updates at a board meeting Wednesday.

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To view the Enrollment and Facilities Update presented to the North Allegheny School Board on November 19, 2014, click here.

To view the Capital Funding Plan and Technology Plan presented to the North Allegheny School Board on November 19, 2014, click here.

 

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After months of study and meetings with parent groups, administrators in the North Allegheny School District thought they had found the perfect compromise for a policy to require criminal clearances for volunteers.

However, all that is changing because of Act 153, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in late October. The law mandates updated clearances for all school employees and volunteers every 36 months

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To view the proposed North Allegheny School District Clearance Policy, as presented to the School Board on November 12, click here.

Third day enrollment records for the 2014-15 school year show the District has 3,553 elementary students–160 students higher than projected.

In 2012, the District hired a consultant who predicted elementary enrollment would decline to 3393 in 2014.  The consultant recommended closing an elementary school.  Last year’s elementary enrollment beat projections by 150 students and was the highest enrollment the District had seen in 15 years.  This year’s elementary enrollment is the 3rd highest in 15 years.
 
Third day enrollment records for the 2014-15 school year also show the impact of the new elementary class size policy, which was adopted in May 2014.
 
Under the new policy, the District is operating 158 elementary sections and no sections started the school year above the class size guidelines.  Compare this to 2012, when 11 sections started the school year above the class size guidelines because the District only operated 145 sections.
 
[Third day enrollment data: 2014 vs 2012]

Third day enrollment data: 2014 vs 2012

Class size guidelines are 25 students for grades K-2 and 30 students for grades 3-5.  The new class size policy states that the Administration shall determine the number of elementary sections in a manner that ensures that no section exceeds 29 students in 4th-5th grade, 27 students in 3rd grade, and 24 students in Kindergarten-2nd grade, when sections are created in early August.