State Rep. Paul Clymer says, a bill that will give taxpayers more information about their school districts is one step away from becoming law, after being passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Clymer says, a bill known as SchoolWATCH will bring more transparency to the finances of school districts.
“This will allow taxpayers to see what school districts are spending on a variety of things, including salaries and other expenditures.”
The schoolWATCH bill now heads to the State Senate for consideration. If the measure is adopted, school districts would be required to provide information concerning finances on their district websites.
Bucks County State Rep. Paul Clymer wants to give public school administrators autonomy when laying off teachers.
“When a school district has to furlough school teachers, under the present guidelines, it’s the last in the first out.”
Clymer is the Chair of The State House of Education Committee and he wants administrators to decide which teachers to layoff, based on merit not seniority. The Education Committee is expected to hold hearing on a proposed bill.
Montgomery County has a unique strategy to ensure safety at schools, daycares, and District Justice Offices. Tom Sullivan is the Director of Public Safety for Montgomery County. Sullivan says, C.L.A.S.S or The Countywide Law Enforcement Alerting and Safety System allows administrators to take quick action in contacting police.
“Any school administrator can discreetly push a button to notify police. It comes up on a computer inside their police cars, allowing for immediate response.”
C.L.A.S.S has been installed at 500 schools in Montgomery County. The system was developed in the wake of the Amish school shootings. Sullivan was a recent guest on the WNPV program, Security Advisors On Radio with Dave Gordon and Mike Dayoc.
School safety was the subject of discussion Wednesday morning on the WNPV program Legally Speaking. Souderton Area High School Principal Dr. Sam Varano says, since moving in to the new building, the school is better equipped to keep students safe.
“For any visitor to come in the building they have to have a driver’s license that is run through our system and we get an immediate report back if there is anything on that person’s record as far as misbehavior with children.”
Varano says, there’s another vital safety feature that adds to the level of security.
“There are close to 60 cameras in and around the building that can be viewed at anytime by our security personnel.”
The school also employs three security officers, and a school resource officer from the Franconia Twp. P.D.