FRIDAY WILDCAT NEWS
October 30, 2020
NEWS & UPDATES
BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS UPDATE
As we shared in September, the Dallastown Area Board of School Directors regretfully received notice of the resignation of School Director John Hartman, effective Saturday, October 31st, and immediately notified the public. Last evening, the Board officially accepted Mr. Hartman’s resignation and honored his extensive service to the Dallastown community, which has included PTO Treasurer for York Township Elementary, Dallastown Area Intermediate and Dallastown Area Middle Schools, member of the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation, and school director since December 2013, including the roles of Finance Committee Chairperson and Vice President since 2016.
 
While his genuine good nature will be dearly missed, the Board will move forward with filling the Region 1 vacancy for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Wards of York Township. Three candidates followed the two-step application process which included the submission of a letter of interest and resume by October 5th, then the completion of a packet by October 19th. The packet included a certification of qualifications, a Statement of Financial Interests Form, and answers to five questions. 
 
The submissions from Steven A. Kopelic, Whitney B. Metzler, and Kathryn L. Weisner – all district parents -- have been shared with board members who will conduct interviews at a Special Board Meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The virtual meeting will be open to the public through our YouTube Channel live-stream or pre-registration through the Zoom webinar. The agenda and connectivity details will be provided in AgendaManager by that Monday morning. That evening, board members will deliberate publicly with the goal of appointing a successful candidate through five affirmative votes, regardless of absences and abstentions. If a selection is made, the individual will immediately take his/her oath of office and fill the remainder of Mr. Hartman’s unexpired term until the first week in December 2021.
 
We sincerely appreciate the interest of the candidates who wish to serve the DASD community and, again, thank Mr. Hartman for his dedication to excellence!
ATHLETIC AND ACTIVITIES OFFICE STAFFING TRANSITION
During the October 29, 2020 meeting, the Board of Education of the Dallastown Area School District appointed Joshua Luckenbaugh as Director of Athletics and Activities for Dallastown Area High School in Dallastown Area School District (DASD).

Mr. Luckenbaugh, who most recently served as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Activities at Dallastown Area High School, succeeds Dr. Chad Bumsted, who will transition full-time to Principal of the DASD Cyber Academy and the Wildcat Compass Academy effective October 30, 2020. Dr. Bumsted will continue to deliver a high-quality education to students in these programs as the District adapts and prepares to establish a new normal in public education. One with an increased emphasis on remote learning.

A native of York County and DASD alumnus, Mr. Luckenbaugh holds a sports and leisure studies degree from Kutztown University and his masters in leadership and management with a concentration in sport management from East Stroudsburg University. Mr. Luckenbaugh also holds a Certified Athletic Administrator certification through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

“I am extremely humbled, honored, and excited to be named the new athletic director at DASD,” Mr. Luckenbaugh said. “I want to thank Dr. Doll, Superintendent, the DASD Board of Directors, and our High School Administration team for their support and confidence in me to take on this roll. I look forward to working with our students, coaches and administrative team to provide meaningful experiences.”
HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: DASD SECONDARY CAMPUS
From 1976 to 1998, the secondary campus had remained relatively unchanged, but with enrollment continuing to grow the DASD Board of Directors voted to expand and renovate the buildings in February of 1998. 

For the next two years, the school remained an active construction zone. During this renovation, an additional 127,000 square feet of learning space was added to the buildings. Areas renovated included the administration offices, high school and middle school offices, gymnasiums, cafeterias, lobbies, auditoriums, classrooms, new bleachers at the stadium, new pool, exterior lighting, and parking areas. 

The final improvement to the secondary campus took place in 2012 with a campaign from the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation to replace the aging sod stadium field with artificial turf. This project enhanced player safety, through better concussion management, and reduced yearly maintenance costs. Additionally, the project improved storm-water management to increase playability and usage, and provided a strong and environmentally-friendly athletic appeal. The turf field installation was completed in August 2014.
SECONDARY CAMPUS: WEST CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
On Thursday, October 29, the DASD Board of Directors approved the proposal to enter the early design phase of a Secondary West Campus Improvement project. This project is specifically focused on improvements to the original 1958 stadium infrastructure, parking, and traffic flow near the Blymire Road entrance to campus.

This project will be funded through an existing debt payment that was secured in 2017. This debt payment included funding for the Loganville-Springfield Elementary project as well as necessary improvements to the secondary campus including roof restoration and this West Campus project. The West Campus project will be fully funded utilizing existing monies allocated for facility improvements.

Additional information will be shared with the community as this project progresses.
WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE
Currently Dallastown Area School District has three active cases within the District. This does not include the previous cases of which the individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and have returned to our buildings.

The District continues to work in collaboration with the PA Department of Health to conduct contact tracing investigations. As a result of these investigations, the District will notify those individuals who are considered close contacts and advise them to self-quarantine, accordingly.
BUILDING BREAKDOWN
Dallastown Area High School
Positive Cases: 1
Dallastown Area Middle School
Positive Cases: 2
Dallastown Area Intermediate School
Positive Cases: 0
Dallastown Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Leaders Heights Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Loganville-Springfield Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
Ore Valley Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
York Township Elementary
Positive Cases: 0
DASD DAILY SCREENING TOOL
To allow guardians to quickly conduct daily health screenings, Health Services has developed a Daily Student Screening Tool to assist with symptom screenings and recommendations surrounding students returning to school.

If your student display's symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider and your student's school nurse.
DATES TO REMEMBER
  • November 6 - 8: HS Fall Play (Virtual)
  • November 7: SAT Testing
  • November 9: Special Board Meeting (Region 1 Vacancy Interviews)