December Message from Superintendent

December 21, 2017

Greetings to Pine-Richland Students, Parents and Community,

Happy holidays to all members of the Pine-Richland community! I hope that our students, staff members, and families are able to find time for rest and relaxation over the next week. The New Year always provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. We are fortunate to live and work in a community that values education and the learning process. Public education works when everyone contributes to success…students, staff, parents, and community.

Each year, it seems that the level of service and charity provided by schools and staff continues to grow. For example, all schools participated in the Stuff-A-Bus program. Other examples from across the schools include: Mission from Mars Meal Prep and Serving to the Homeless; Thespian Food Collection for Lighthouse; Theater and Interact Club Collection for the Red Cross; Interact Club Empty Bowls for Lighthouse; Leaders Club Senior Citizen Dinner; Honoring Veterans Dinner; Students Supporting Troops Donation Drive; Staff Food Collection for the Local Food Bank; Homeless Outreach/Care Kits; and a record year for the Turkey Fund. The collective efforts are truly remarkable and speak to the caring nature of our students, staff, and community. Please consider visiting the Pine-Richland website to view more information about these Spotlight on Caring stories.

The strategic plan continues to drive action in the district. We believe it is important to update the community about progress on a regular basis. Within this plan, we identify key initiatives – those few areas of intense focus – that have the greatest potential impact on the educational programs at Pine-Richland. This link to BoardDocs provides a brief overview of each key initiative.

As we enter the winter season, I want to share a reminder of our process for monitoring weather that can impact the school schedule. While this information is available on our website, I want to share the thought process and factors that guide our decisions. For cold weather, we utilize the threshold of -10° to call a delay. We monitor the posted wind chill values to make this determination and usually wait until early morning to make a final decision since a few degrees can affect the choice. This temperature is also associated with wind chill advisories. When snow is forecasted or falling, we work directly with our transportation provider, PennDOT representatives, and members of the Northern Regional Police Department to evaluate road conditions and determine whether a delay or cancellation is warranted.

Thank you again for your commitment and support of the Pine-Richland School District.


Brian Miller