Teaming, cyber school are hot topics at forum

By on March 14, 2012

By: KIMBERLY MARSELAS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Forty residents met last week with members of the Cocalico School District administration for an annual community advisory forum.

The March 6 forum was designed to bring a cross section of the community together to learn more about the district and collect new ideas to strengthen its school. Among the 50 to 60 community members invited each year are parents, non-parents, retirees, business leaders, teachers, elected officials and students.

This year’s forum focused on new endeavors being pursued in Cocalico schools. Cocalico Middle School Principal Steve Melnyk talked about a sixth-grade teaming concept. Ella Musser, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, explained a new approach Cocalico’s elementary schools will be taking to combine the teaching of Pennsylvania technology standards with library skills. Superintendent Bruce Sensenig and Musser also shared the district’s plans to expand cyber school options to full-time for secondary students in specific situations.

Finally, participants took part in an exercise where they took on the role of school board members for the day. Sensenig and Business Manager Sherri Stull provided background on public school funding and Cocalico budget specifics. Then, working in small groups facilitated by administrators, the community members came up with ideas that maintained quality education but also reduced expenses, controlled costs or increased revenue.

They shared their ideas generated with the entire group to prioritize the list, which will be shared with the actual elected school board and the administration. More SCHOOL FORUM, page A10

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