New Hope-Solebury School District - Meeting Recordings

  • MEETING RECORDING:

    Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record the September 2021 Board of Directors meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience.

     

    MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

    September Meeting Highlights
     
    Bond Refinance: The District will be refinancing previously-issued bonds this month to obtain a better interest rate. There is a projected cost savings of approximately $250,000 over 15 years. The Board approved a process to set parameters for the interest rates that will be acceptable to move forward with the refinance.

    BCIU Contract: The District's annual contract with the BCIU was renewed in accordance with the IDEA Disproportionality Agreement. This engages the BCIU to enhance our MTSS services.

    Niche.com: Niche is a data compilation site used to rank K-12 schools. Our District received an overall ranking of A+. We were pleased that our District's academic rankings, which are based on formalized assessments, were also rated exceptionally high with an A+ grade. Attention was called to Niche's primary use of individual user feedback to build their rankings in other categories. There was an especially small sample size applicable to our District, which limits the validity of the rankings provided in these areas. We encourage those with direct knowledge of our schools to participate in Niche surveys, which will enable us to most accurately assess the needs and concerns of our community.

    Window Replacements: Estimates are being gathered for window replacements at the LES and HS to address general maintenance needs.

    Fidevia Construction Management: A new contract with Fidevia Construction Management will support the District's 10-year facilities plan. The Facilities Committee will use the recommendations to prioritize and budget for maintenance and facilities needs.