Lehigh Valley

Parkland enrollment up, requests more staff

District asks for teachers and paraprofessionals

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman presented several requests for new teachers and paraprofessionals at the Parkland School Board’s Tuesday workshop meeting.

The district is considering hiring four more full-time teachers and a new school psychologist and guidance counselor for its elementary schools in response to school enrollment increases.

Troutman proposed a new technology education and mathematics teacher for the district’s middle schools.

New biology and social studies teachers are being considered for Parkland High School to accommodate higher class sizes.

A new biology teacher is being considered for Parkland High School due to more courses being added to the biomedical program and the surge in student participation in the program.

Troutman requested hiring a social studies teacher for the high school as well.

He also proposed adding another technology paraprofessional to the high school, noting that the school currently only has one serving the school’s 3,200 students. 

The district is also considering hiring an ESL teacher and special education paraprofessional to accommodate increased enrollment.

Troutman also said the district needs a maintenance mechanic in part to assist in preparations for the district’s new elementary school that is slated to open for the 2020-21 school year. 

Other business

The board reviewed the 2018-19 budgets for Lehigh Carbon Community College, the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.

The district is proposing to appropriate $1.2 million to LCCC for the school year.

Of that, $780,000 would go to the school’s operating budget, and about $430,000 of it would fund the Debt Service/Leased budgets. The contribution would represent a $27,000 decrease from last year. 

The amount given to the operating budget is determined by enrollment, while how much goes to the debt service/leased budget depends on the market value of the contributing school district.

The district was proposing to appropriate $3.5 million to LCTI for 2018-19. About $3.3 million of that would go to the general fund budget, and about $218,000 of it would go to the academic center budget.

Parkland is proposing to contribute about $208,000 to the general pperating budget for the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.

The board will vote on the budgets at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized the Parkland for Parkland fundraiser that has raised money for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which experienced a mass shooting in February in which 17 people were killed. 

The fundraiser was started by Kyleigh and Collin Duff, students at Parkland High whose cousin, Daniel, is a student at the Florida high school.

They designed a bracelet Parkland for Parkland, meaning that Parkland High School supports Parkland, Florida. 

The Florida students’ hashtag #NEVERAGAIN is on the back of the bracelet.

The bracelets sold for $2 apiece, and the money goes to a GoFundMe page that the Florida students created.

Collin and Kyleigh held a sale for the public at Parkland High School’s main lobby on March 3 and March 7.

Collin said at the meeting that another public fundraiser may be held in the future.

Meanwhile, students can buy the bracelets during lunches at the high school.

Collin said at the meeting that he was “very excited” to see that the community has been so supportive of his and Kyleigh’s efforts. 

The experience of organizing the fundraiser and seeing the community’s support has “been amazing,” Collin said.

District Superintendent Richard Sniscak said that the two’s actions were “selfless” and that their efforts were honorable.


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