The Community Advisory Team is a group of dedicated parents, community members, business leaders, school board members and school administrators who are looking at challenges and problems with the district’s school buildings and then finding cost-effective ways to fix them. “This group of advisors is extremely important to the district’s short- and long-term financial planning process,” says Glenn Schlender, superintendent. “The team is providing input about the facilities and the technological needs of the district as well as its operational needs.”
School districts have two major areas of its budget: Operations, which includes the day-to-day financial operations of the district; and Facilities, or buildings and grounds. The CAT group is reviewing a facility study that was conducted by Eppstein-Uhen Architects in the fall of 2010. The team has met regularly since October to look at the problems EUA identified with the buildings and also research the cost of the improvements. The CAT provided a video and written progress report to the board in June. Please click the link to review these progress reports.
The Palmyra Eagle Area School District Board of Education asked the Community Advisory Team to serve in an advisory capacity for the school district during the fall of 2010 and charged the group with the following tasks:
1. Reviewing and analyzing the findings of a comprehensive district wide Facilities Study recently conducted that evaluates all three of our district schools;
2. Assessing and prioritizing the identified facilities needs;
3. Developing potential solutions and/or options that address identified facilities needs and priorities as well as the district’s educational program goals;
4. Assessing the district’s overall financial status and operational budget;
5. Developing potential solutions and/or options that address identified financial and operational needs for both short and long term planning;
6. Reaching majority consensus (if possible) on prioritized advisory recommendations for the Board of Education;
7. Preparing a written report of its findings and recommendations for presentation to the Palmyra Eagle School Board and community;
8. Serving as information providers and key communicators to the community regarding any future action by the School Board.