An acrobatic display of mental verbosity dominated Tuesday night's Saucon Valley Board of Directors meeting
On a night that Superintendent Sandra Fellin offered her first review of the district's 2013-2014 goals, to a poignant discussion of high school electives, the directors took but a modicum of actions although the meeting's significance was obvious as the future curriculum was beginning to unfold to everyone's eyes.
Drenched in academic jargon, Fellin noted the district's mission statement included "ensuring learning and inspiring students to succeed in life and contribute to society."
She added that that district's goals were wrapped around a coordination of efforts that underlined continuity.
"Rather than many smaller disconnected management by objectives administration has: Unified, clearly defined goals with focused direction," she noted in her overview statement.
"What do we want for our students and the district now and in the future and what do we do every day to have students be successful," were the questions she asked the board and members of the audience in her presentation.
The statement later served as a launching pad to a discussion among board members about what exactly constituted an elective in the school's scheduling. Director Ralph Puerta noted during the lengthy discussion that he "was not against a liberal arts education" but rather wanted to make sure students were adequately being educated in a practical sense to confront the realities of life.
Director Sandra Miller noted during an at times lengthy dissertation, that she what were noted as electives were actually core curriculum subjects.
Up to 35 percent of the district's offerings to students are currently classified as "electives."
The district will accept letters of interest involving the open board seat of director Lanita Lun through this Friday. They will vote on her replacement at the next meeting, set for August 20th.