“She led with much care about the children in the Parkland School District, much care about the community members that make up the Parkland School District and much care for her fellow board members.
She offers each of them respect. She led by example. And she was invaluable to me as a new superintendent.”

Board members took turns praising Bartlett.

“You have led us from the heart, that is your strength,” said board member Robert Cohen.

“I sense the strength that you give us from your insights, because you speak from the heart. Thank you for the lessons you have taught us all. You will be very sorely missed. Your heart will always be in ours.”

Robert Marcus praised her “hard work, fairness and graciousness” and called her “a class act.”

Bartlett said she was warned that serving on the school board would be “a thankless job.”

“Over the years, I’ve gotten my thanks in many different ways,” she said, added that includes recognizing students who are National Merit scholars, cheering on the football team, going to school plays and concerts, and seeing students get “excellent PSSA result every year. That was all thanks.”

Bartlett’s husband Mike and her son Eric were in the audience.

Administrators retiring in June

With regret, the board accepted the resignations of Louise Fick, supervisor of special education, and Lynette Smith, principal at Ironton Elementary School. Both women are retiring at the end of this school year, each after 36 years in education.

Sniscak praised Fick as “an asset to the children in this community for 30 some years. We wish her well, but it’s going to be a void not having her around. She was instrumental in raising the standards in our special education department.”

Of Smith, the superintendent said: “I don’t know anyone who is more compassionate and caring for her children in her school than Lyn Smith. She’s the first one to greet her children as they come into school every day and she’s the last one to say goodbye to them every day as they head out to the bus. She is truly a students’ principal.”

Student scholars recognized

The school board also honored 11 Parkland High students selected as semi-finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.

Parkland High School's National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists pose with principal James Moniz and school board president Jayne Bartlett

They are Seth Bartynski, Shira Botzum, Rahul Deshpande, Nishad Gothoskar, Hannah Kim, Luke Kim, Sung Hwan Park, Jenna Peng, Jyotsna Soundararajan, Maria Vratsanos and Angela Wang.

Twenty-one other students also were recognized as “commended” in the
2014 National Merit Scholarship program.

They are Andrew Brown, Kristie Budihardjo, Connor Ceh, Weston Conner, Lucas Crampton, Jordan Cregger, Devansh Desai, Alisha Ghosh, Paige Haring, Ruby Johnson, Amiya Kaira, Charles Kile, Mikaela Krim, Jason Law, Stephanie Liu, Kristen McCarty, Ankita Sharma, Christopher Tacca, Zachary Tridico, Shashank Vithalani and Rebecca Watson.

Melanie Perez and Emily O’Brien were recognized as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar recipients.