At its annual reorganization on Monday night, the Cumberland Valley School Board welcomed two new members, reinstated two incumbents, and also revised district policies regulating career and technical education and foreign exchange students.
Starting initial terms on Monday were Greg Rausch, who represents Middlesex and Monroe townships, and Brian Drapp representing Silver Spring Township. They replace longtime board members Barbara Gleim and Thomas Griffie, whose terms ended last month.
Returning for new four-year terms on Monday were board incumbents Michael Gossert and Bud Shaffner. Gossert also was reappointed as board chairman for the upcoming year, thanking his fellow board members “for putting your trust in me for another year.” Heather Dunn was reappointed as vice chair, while Pamela Long was chosen as board secretary, a position formerly held by Griffie.
In other action, school directors finalized revisions to the district’s existing policy regulating career and technical education. The revisions state that Cumberland Valley’s superintendent or a designee is responsible for informing parents and students about several factors concerning career paths and courses.
“We want to make sure students and parents are fully aware of economic opportunities that are available or not available for a selection of courses that would lead to careers,” Superintendent Frederick Withum III said.
Revisions now call for the district to provide an educational planning mechanism for parents and students to review typical jobs within a career and technical area. This includes job outlooks and median salaries as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as notifying the school board and the Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School board if a program at either of these schools would lead to a median salary below the income level for a which a family of three qualifies for free or reduced school lunches under federal standards.
In additional to the roughly two dozen career programs offered at Cumberland-Perry AVTS, the Cumberland Valley School District offers agriculture and pre-engineering courses. Cumberland-Perry also is in the process of developing a computer networking program, Withum said.
Also on Monday, the school board approved a revision to the district’s policy regulating its foreign exchange student program. With the revisions, the district has the right to refuse a foreign exchange student who isn’t as fluent in English as his sponsoring company or family promised. The district also can chose to accept a student under these circumstances and bill the sponsoring exchange organization for English Language Learner services.
At a district policy committee meeting held in September, Withum said some other school districts already have such provisions included in their foreign exchange student policies.