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October 2019
NPSD Board Members
Meetings in Review
Upcoming Meetings

School Board Worksession Meeting
November 12, 7:30 pm, ESC

School Board Action Meeting
November 21, 7:30 pm, ESC

ECP Committee Meeting
November 4, 6:00 pm, ESC

Facilities & Operations Committee Meeting
November 25, 6:30 pm, ESC

Finance Committee Meeting
November 12, 6:00 pm, ESC

Safe Schools Committee Meeting
November 25, 6:00 pm, ESC

To access the list of  meeting dates scheduled for 2019, please click here.
NPSD Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program
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NPSD Board of School Director Letter to the Community
Dear Community,

The 2019-2020 school year is well underway and on behalf of the North Penn School District (NPSD) Board of School Directors, we are looking forward to another year of partnership and meaningful connections with students, staff and the North Penn community.

Without the support of our partner organizations and the community, North Penn simply would not be the top notch school district for which we are so well known. I'd like to take a moment to note some of these partnerships and the key role they play in the success of our district.

The NPSD Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization created to motivate and inspire students in the district through innovative projects and learning experiences. The Foundation is run by a board of trustees who are leaders from local industry companies, alum, community members and parents. Thousands of North Penn students have benefited from the work of the foundation. Teachers see it as a positive reinforcement of their creativity and their willingness to go the extra mile. In addition to more than 50 annual classroom grants, the foundation helps provide internet access to low income students, fund course advancement classes for economically challenged families and supports programs like the IRONKnights Triathlon.

Furthering community engagement on behalf of our students, the NPSD Educational Foundation leads the North Penn Community Build-A-Bag Backpack and School Supply Drive in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Montgomery County and the Community and Youth Foundation. These partnerships have been essential in developing relationships with nearly 50 local businesses and organizations to support the backpack program and help get the community involved in a big way.

We at North Penn are fortunate to have a community that is always eager to answer the call for help when we need it. Build-A-Bag is just one example of countless programs that have been fully supported and driven by the generosity of our community.

And here on the homefront, support from parents and families in our schools is just as steadfast and strong. Parent volunteers keep our schools in constant forward motion, helping to provide fun and educational programs for students while instilling the importance of hard work to achieve these rewards. Last year alone, parent groups throughout NPSD raised more than $785,000 in support of our schools and students. We simply couldn't do it without them.

These are just a few of the countless organizations whose partnership makes all the difference in the lives of the students, staff and families of the North Penn School District. In the words of Hellen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Here's to continuing to do big things, together at North Penn.


Timothy MacBain
NPSD Board of School Directors
Term Expiration: 2019

Student Proclamations of Excellence
At the recent action meeting, the NPSD Board of School Directors recognized students in the district for their outstanding achievements by awarding them proclamations of excellence.

Represented by Ted and Bonnie Knauss, advisors of the International Friendship Committee, five students from NPHS were honored for successfully completing a year of study abroad through the foreign exchange student program.

Congratulations to these remarkable students and their advisors on these outstanding achievements! 

Education/Community/Policy (ECP) Committee Report
The ECP Committee met on October 1 at 6:00 pm at the ESC.

Adoption of Policies
As a result of the ongoing policy review process with Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA), Dr. Todd Bauer, NPSD Assistant Superintendent, presented several policies to the committee that had been reviewed by administration, the district solicitor, and NPSD Board of School Directors Vice President, Christian Fusco.
Repeal of Policies
As a result of the ongoing policy review process with PSBA, Dr. Bauer presented several policies to the committee that will be repealed following the adoption of those policies that will take their place.

Jackie Giammarco, NPSD  Curriculum Supervisor and learning coaches Rachael Burg, Meg Burke Ron Martiello discussed the roles of instructional coaches in the district.

The next ECP Committee meeting will be held on November 4 at 6:00 pm at the ESC.

NPSD Educational Foundation Committee Report
The NPSD Educational Foundation last met on October 6 at the ESC. 

Executive Director Christine Liberaski and President Dave Kratz updated trustees on work with Match Nonprofit to revise the foundation's vision and mission statements. The board of trustees will hold a retreat in November to finalize these statements and begin drafting a new strategic plan that aligns with their goal of expanding the scope and impact of the organization.

The success of the foundation's Knight at the Phillies was also discussed. More than 300 North Penn staff and family members attended the event which will bring in more than $1,500 for the Foundation, plus another $2,200 raised at an earlier game through a raffle. Thank you to all who attended. It was a fun night.

The U-Knight to Inspire staff giving campaign kicked off on October 1. More than $25,000 was raised last year and the foundation is hoping for an even better year. Employees who donate may be eligible for awesome prizes like tickets to an Eagles game and Hamilton in Philadelphia.

on Monday, October 9, the foundation held the 18th annual golf outing. One hundred golfers enjoyed an Oktoberfest themed day at PineCrest. Thank you to all sponsors and volunteers that day.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit dollars keep rolling in as well, including $20,000 from Univest. Thank you to all of the foundation's generous EITC partners.

Finally, the foundation is currently accepting mid-year grant applications. North Penn staff are encouraged to apply for funding available in January for innovative projects implemented by the end of the school year. All of these projects are made possible by generous donations and the events above.

For more information about the Foundation, please contact the Executive Director, Christine Liberaski at

Facilities and Operations Committee Report
The Facilities and Operations Committee met on September 23 at 6:30 pm at the ESC.

Scott Kennedy, NPSD Director of Facilities and Operations, presented a design services proposal from Snyder Hoffman Associates for a new chiller at Gwynedd Square Elementary School, due to ongoing issues with keeping the existing chiller operational. This project has been identified in our Long-Range Capital Improvement Plan.
The committee reviewed the closeout documents for the Upper Gwynedd Township storm water basin located at Pennbrook Middle School. The Township has been responsible for the maintenance of the basin and these documents must be approved by the board in order to officially assist Upper Gwynedd with closing out the project.
The committee reviewed and discussed the bid results of the NPHS Crawford Stadium renovation project. Bids received were higher than estimated (Base bid: $8,391,000, with all alternates slightly over $9 million). Discussion as to why the bids were higher than estimated included: timeline demands; current low unemployment rates; and the current good state of the economy. This was moved to the worksession meeting for further discussion. Board members asked to see a rendering of stadium project. This will be added to the next Facilities & Operations Committee meeting on October 28 under informational items.
Kennedy gave an update on the Knapp Elementary School renovation project. Design development continues and is ahead of schedule. On September 16, the project was presented to the Lansdale Planning Commission where the Planning Commission granted preliminary/final approval for the project. On October 2, the project was presented to the Lansdale Code Review Committee. With their approval the expectation is to be in front of the Lansdale Borough Supervisors on October 16 for the final Land Development approval.
The committee reviewed the Long-Range Capital Improvement plan which now includes a scoring matrix to prioritize the projects. The link (PDF) is currently active online here.

The next Facilities and Operations Committee meeting will be held on October 28 at 6:30 pm at the ESC.
Finance Committee Report
The Safe Schools Committee met on October 7 at 6:00 pm at the ESC. The monthly financial reports were reviewed with additional discussion on the following items:
Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Request
A presentation was made by the Globus Medical regarding their LERTA request for three parcels located in Montgomery Township. The Committee suggested Globus develop an alternate proposal that phases in the tax increase over a period of fewer than 10 years. Further discussion will be held at the November Finance Committee meeting and the November School Board Worksession meeting.
Bond Refunding Opportunity
Steve Skrocki, NPSD Chief Financial Officer, provided an update on the projected savings and timeline for refunding three  outstanding bond issues. At the time of the meeting, the projected net savings were $544,000.
Tax Collector Audits
Skrocki reported that the tax collector audits for Line Lexington and Montgomery Township were completed and there were no issues or concerns.

The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on November 12 at 6:00 pm at the ESC. 

Safe Schools Committee Report
The Safe Schools Committee met on September 23 at 6:00 pm at the Educational Services Center (ESC).

Chris Doerr, NPSD Coordinator of Emergency Management and Safe Schools, reviewed the school police recommendation that had been previously discussed by the committee. The committee moved this item forward to the October 1 work session for full Board discussion.
Doerr then briefed the committee on several informational items including security department activities through the start of the school year, and safe schools data to be shared with the committee moving forward.
Finally, Doerr provided the committee with an update on the mandated training all security officers must complete prior to February this year. Currently, all of North Penn's security officers are scheduled to complete the required course on time.

The next Safe Schools Committee meeting will be held on October 28 at 6:00 pm at the ESC.