October 10 Board Meeting Recap

Presentation
Parkway West Career and Technology Center Director Dr. Darby Copeland spoke to the board about the
labor market and how only 33% of today's jobs require a 4-year degree. Moreover, he said that 51% of
young adults do not earn a college degree by age 24. He stated that the school's 14 career majors
focus on "Opportunity Occupations" and "Priority Occupations" while introducing salaries levels for
these careers. "These are jobs and career paths that can't be outsourced," he added. Assistant
Director Mr. Brock Snedeker spoke about how the school's new Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Thereapy
Technology program has doubled enrollment in its second year and that the overall enrollment has
increased over the past three years to make Parkway West CTC the most attended CTC in Allegheny
County. Mr. Snedeker promoted the center's clinics for Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Auto Technology,
and Veterinary Assistant Technology which offer goods and services to the general public at greatly
reduced costs. Supervisor Mr. Fred McGivern touched on the academic offerings at Parkway West,
exceptional NOCTI standardized test scores and PA Department of Education commendations. He also
detailed the 107 Portable Industry Certifications earned by CVHS students in 2016-2017.

 

Superintendent's Report
Mr. Seltzer shared PDE's Index Report detailing the percentage by which districts are permitted to
raise taxes for the 2018-2019 school year. Chartiers Valley was listed at 2.4%. Mr. Seltzer stated
that the district's finance consultant believed that number to be low and would be researching the
matter. Mr. Seltzer addressed the rumors and realities of the district's current budget situation.
"We've found that computers are available to every student who needs one in the computer labs and art
supplies are sufficient despite art budgets being reduced. The teachers are becoming more fiscally
responsible with their materials. They're no longer buying just to stock up on supplies, but making
use of their surplus and the supplies available. The building principals are open to buying materials
for specific projects if their budgets permit. Beyond that, the superintendent and board will
determine if the purchase is warranted."

 

Action
The board passed the Human Resources report and construction change orders detailed on the agenda.





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