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The Bulletin Board Newsletter
A monthly e-newsletter highlighting the discussions, decisions and business of the North Penn School District Board of School Directors.
The North Penn School Board (NPSB) welcomes questions and feedback from the community. To that end, community members may email the entire board at

If you would like to contact a specific board member via email or phone, please visit our website to find contact information.
Board Members

Tina Stoll, President
Christian D. Fusco, Vice President
Dr. Elisha K. Gee
Jonathan M. Kassa
Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell
Timothy MacBain
Juliane Ramić
Al Roesch
Cathy Wesley
Letter to the Community
Meeting Information
School Board Virtual Meeting Information
In consideration of the health and safety of the school community, public attendance to NPSD Board of School Directors meetings will take place virtually.

How to Watch Meetings
Residents can watch live on the NPTV YouTube Channel, North Penn News, or NPTV local Comcast Cable Channel 28 and Verizon FIOS-TV Channel 29.

A recording of this meeting will be available at on the district website, the NPTV YouTube Channel, and will air on North Penn Television Comcast Cable Channel 28 and Verizon FIOS-TV Channel 29 for the next three business days at 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

How to View Meeting Agendas
Meeting agendas are published the week of the meeting and can be viewed online on BoardDocs. To view meeting agendas, visit BoardDocs and select the "Meetings" tab in the top right corner. From there, find and select the meeting, and then click "view agenda".

How to Participate in Meetings
Public comment will be available using Zoom. For privacy purposes, a link to make public comment will be available on our website prior to the start of the meeting.

When it is time for public comment, please use the “raise your hand” feature in the zoom webinar. We will take public comment in order that hands were raised. Please listen for your name when called upon for comment and unmute your microphone.

If you do not have access to zoom, please email your comments to and it will be included in the board minutes.
Meetings in Review

No worksession held in April

April 15, 7:00 pm
Upcoming Meetings

May 11, 7:00 pm

May 20, 7:00 pm

ECI Committee
May 4, 6:00 pm

Facilities & Operations Committee
April 26, 6:30 pm

Finance Committee
May 11, 6:00 pm
May 18, 6:00 pm*
*Special budget meeting

Policy Committee
May 11, 5:00 pm

Safe Schools Committee
April 26, 6:00 pm
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Committee Reports
Education/Curriculum/Instruction (ECI) Committee
The ECI Committee met on April 6, 2021.

Summer Programs 2021
Dr. D’Ana Waters, NPSD Director of Curriculum and Equity, and members of the curriculum team presented the summer programs that will be offered this year. The programs being offered this year include both remedial courses as well as supplemental instruction courses at both the elementary and secondary levels. The majority of the programs will be conducted virtually. SPARK!, Summer Library, and Summer Supplemental World Language will take place in-person. Any student, regardless of their grade and performance in a course, can register for a supplemental learning course

Special Education 2020-2021 Overview
Megan McGee-Heim, NPSD Director of Special Education, discussed how the delivery of special education services and supports evolved during this school year as a result of the pandemic. While most students with IEPs followed the district’s instructional models, a more specialized learning population was able to begin to access their services in-person for a half day at Gwyn-Nor Elementary School and North Penn High School on September 8. Supplemental aides and services have been provided either to students through the district’s virtual platform or within the home depending on the recommendation of their respective IEP team. During the summer, Extended School Year and COVID Compensatory Services will be offered to eligible students.
Dr. Elisha K. Gee

Christian Fusco, Tim MacBain
The next ECI Committee meeting will be held on May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm.
Facilities and Operations Committee
The Facilities and Operations Committee Committee met on March 29, 2021.

The committee reviewed the following items:
  • Change order requests for Crawford Stadium and Knapp Elementary projects.
  • A contract amendment for JMT Environmental Services in connection with the Knapp project.
  • A contract amendment for Snyder Hoffman Associates professional design contract for this year’s capital projects.
  • A request for permission to advertise the fire alarm and PA upgrades and domestic water heater replacement capital projects.
  • A request for permission to advertise the annual service contracts.

The district’s construction manager, William Slawter of ICS, NPSD Supervisor of Environmental and Custodial Operations Dan Linski, and NPSD Director of Facilities and Operations Tom Schneider provided an in-depth update of the Knapp Elementary and Crawford Stadium projects. The projects are well underway and progressing well.

Schneider provided updates on returning to school, outlining NPSD Facilities and Operations protocols, and an update on potential enhancements to the North Penn High School (NPHS) athletic fields and middle school tracks.

The final item discussed was the school board tour of NPHS conducted on March 17, 2021.
Jonathan Kassa

Vice Chair:
Cathy Wesley

Juliane Ramić,
Tina Stoll
The next Facilities and Operations Committee meeting will be held on April 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm.
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met for a regular meeting on April 13, 2021.

The monthly financial reports and budget transfers were reviewed with additional discussion on the following items.

Marjorie Scott, NPSD Coordinator of Extended School Care, provided an overview of the Extended School Care Program. A recommendation was made for the 2021-2022 tuition and summer camp rates.

Dr. Elizabeth Santoro, NPSD Director of Elementary Education, presented the 2021-2022 Elementary Education Departmental budget.

Steve Skrocki, NPSD Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the Delta Dental administrative agreement for the next two years. The rate will remain the same as the current year.

Skrocki reviewed the medical and prescription premium holiday for 2021-2022 and the corresponding budget impact. The premium holiday will result in a reduction of $1.7 million in the general fund budget.

Skrocki provided an update on the 2021-2022 budget. There is presently an $11.5 million budget deficit even after use of several million dollars of Federal stimulus funding. Skrocki will be providing a more in-depth review of the budget at the special finance committee meeting on Wednesday, April 21.

Skrocki reviewed the tax collector audits for the Towamencin and Upper Gwynedd tax collectors. Skrocki commended the tax collectors for a clean audit report.

Skrocki presented information about installment payments for real estate taxes. The board increased the installments from three to six last year and there was a 57% increase in participation. The consensus of the committee was to retain the six installment payments for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. This item will appear on May's Action Meeting agenda.

Kristin Johnson provided an update on the various sources and uses of the Federal stimulus funding that the district has received and will be receiving. The Federal stimulus funding report will continue on a quarterly basis.
Christian Fusco

Vice Chair:
Al Roesch

Committee of the Whole
Update from the special Finance Committee meeting held on April 21, 2021 will be shared in next month's newsletter. The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on May 11, 2021 and May 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm.
NPSD Educational Foundation
The NPSD Educational Foundation Board of Trustees met on April 7, 2021.

Treasurer Jack Hoy presented the financial statement for the year ending June 2020, as prepared by Herbein CPAs and Consultants. Once again the Foundation's financials needed no material modifications and were in compliance with standards of accounting. Although the Foundation ended the financial year in the beginning of the pandemic, they still saw an increase in assets. And in a review of the March 2021 financials we can see that we are already $25,000 ahead of where they were last June in terms of assets. It has been a very good year, and the Foundation thanks the support of the greater North Penn community for its continued success.

The Foundation is currently seeking innovative classroom project applications for the 2021-2022 school year. North Penn staff is reminded that proposals are due by May 3. Apply now!

The Foundation received another $2,500 in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funding this week from Quakertown National Bank who is a long-standing supporter of the Foundation. This takes their total for EITC funding up to nearly $70,000.

As you all know, the annual online auction is less than a week away and runs from April 28 to May 4. The Foundation has dozens of amazing items up for bidding but need more support. They are hoping local businesses, organizations and more will consider donating to this popular fundraiser. Also related to fundraising, the Foundation is currently in another North Penn Strong campaign. Be sure to get your spring apparel now!

For more information about the NPSD Educational Foundation, visit

The next NPSD Educational Foundation Board of Trustees meeting will be held on May 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm.
Board of Trustees Member:
Juliane Ramić
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Policy Committee
The Policy Committee met on April 13, 2021.

The committee continued with its review of policies in the 200 series. Kyle Somers, NPSD solicitor, provided a summary explanation of four of the five policies on the agenda that evening. These policies were moved to a first reading by the board.

A lengthy discussion of the fifth policy, Policy 226 - Searches then took place. The committee decided that there should be further discussion about this policy. Therefore, it will be added to the agenda for either an upcoming Safe Schools Committee or Worksession meeting.
Christian Fusco

Al Roesch,
Tina Stoll
The next Policy Committee meeting will be held on May 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
Safe Schools Committee
The Safe Schools Committee met on March 28, 2021.

Jim Galante, NPSD Director of Pupil Services; Kyle Hassler, Principal of Penndale Middle School; Trish Pike, NPHS Guidance Counselor; and Dr. Ann Marie Lucas, NPSD Special Education Supervisor presented an overview of the district's recently developed Traumatic Event Response Team. The purpose of this team is to provide a support resource for students in crisis which is internal to the district. Team structure and lessons learned from recent events were discussed.
As a follow-up to the board's statement in support of the AAPI community, NPSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Todd Bauer along with student representatives Sahana Prasad and Jojo Dalwadi presented actionable items that could help to build sustainable support for all members of North Penn's diverse school community. Ideas discussed include opportunities for board directors to meet with student groups, providing resources to teaching staff, and expanding student involvement in cultural events, including partnering with the very successful International Spring Festival.
Jonathan Kassa

Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell,
Cathy Wesley
The next Safe Schools Committee meeting will be held on April 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm.