Is Harrisburg keeping its school superintendent? New vote tonight indicates 'yes'

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

"This is an extraordinary response in a district of our size and speaks to the strong connection school have with our residents", she said. Speakers included Molly Smith, who teaches Leadership at Union Mine High School; Kyle Pellegrini, an eighth-grader at Charter University Prep; Abigail Oberhauser, an eighth-grader at Charter University Prep; and Jared Parker, who teaches special education at El Dorado High School. It took several weeks for Huntsville to hammer out a deal with Akin a year ago.

The final vote on the budget will be in June. The district says that savings from two school closings would alleviate its financial problems and eliminate the need to use reserve funds to balance the budget. "We generate $10 million more, they send us $10 million less".

"I am extremely honored to have been selected as the next superintendent of Troy City Schools", Piper said, in a statement.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Christopher Piper (center) talks with, left to right, board president Doug Trostle, board member Ginny Beamish, and board vice president Tom Kleptz, following a special board meeting on Monday, April 16, in which the board announced the hiring of Piper for the district's next superintendent.

"That trend's going to continue through the middle schools eventually and eventually through the high school", he said.

Rogers said that all existing security cameras are being upgraded and, by September, the district will have cameras on every door, playground and pickup and dropoff area.

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"We're in a tight year, there's no question about it", Gallagher said, "but the trajectory looks promising". School board member Lynn Weber said that she thought the school building improvements could be achieved at the $102 million spending level.

Dr. Margaret Gilmore will take over the school district until July 1.

Other sponsorships are also being sought, so long as the sponsors are not direct competitors of primary sponsor Grand View Health, he said.

Public high schools can not get the amounts of money from sponsorships that universities do, though, he said, because much of the university sponsorships are through alumni networks.

While the trio said that the traditional method of learning, i.e. reading and writing, is still very important, they also maintain that this kind of hands-on approach will better prepare their students for a future where STEM (science, technology, engineering and match) jobs, like computer programming and software development, will be in high demand.

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