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Charter School Emails

Charter School Emails

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A series of emails among the Pottstown School District administration, Gureghian and top elected state officials was obtained through a Right to Know request.
A series of emails among the Pottstown School District administration, Gureghian and top elected state officials was obtained through a Right to Know request.

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RE:
Important chat
. .
RE:
Important chat
Reed
Undley
Sent:
Saturday, January
22,
201111:20
AM
To:
Reed
Undley; tqulgley@pahousegop.com
Attachments:
Supt-Budt
Comments
1-2Q-ll.doc
(27
KB)
Sorry,
forgot
theattachment.
Reed
O.
Lindley,
Ed.
O.
Superintendent
Pottstown
SO
dlndley@pottstqWD!jd·9m
610-970-6600
From:
Reed
Lindley
Sent:
Saturday,January
22,
201111:18
AM
To:
tquigley@pahousegop.com
Cc:
Reed
Lindley
Subject:
Important
chat
Page 1
of
1
Tom,
I
would like
to
talk with
you
about
a
potential
meeting
that
would
Include you,
Sen.
Rafferty,
Sen.Piccola,
Sen.
Williams, representative
from
POE
(hopefully
the Secretary);
and
representive from
the
Governor's
office(prefer
the governor).
I
would like
the
opportunity
to
present
some
thoughts
on
how state
government
could
support
Districts likePottstown.
As
I
stated
to
the
Board,
we
are beyond "business
as
usual."
(See
attached comments).
In
Pottstown,
you have capable
leadership
that
thinks
creatively
and
can
connect
with community
and
taxpayer interests.
So
we
can
continue
to
drown
and
blame
each
other,
or
we
can
see
this
as
an
opportunity for
Pottstown
to
model
the
changes
that
are neededin
the
PA
education
(Significant
partnership
with
private
and
publicproviders
and
dollars).
Tom,
I
am
convinced
that
thereare
ways
to
deliver
education
differently
inPottstown, retain
high
quality
(andlikelyImprove
quality),
but
it
wouldrequire thewaiver
of
some
mandates.
I
have
a
call in
to
schedule
a
chat
with
Sen.
Rafferty
as
well.
I
am
open
to
one
meeting
if
I
could
find
a
way
to
make
this
happen.
It
needs
to
be
soon,
as
I
am
about to
pursue
a
conversation
that I
started
with
Corbett's
election team.
Hope
all
iswell
with
you,
Reed
Reed
O.
Undley,
Ed.
O.
Superintendent
Pottstown
SO
rtlndlay@pOttstoWDscI.om
610-970-6600
https://mail.pottstownsd.org!owa/?ae=Item&t=IPM.Note&id=RgAAAAC5djosN64oQrLg... 4/19/2011
 
To:From:Date:
RE:
School Board
of
Directors and
the
Community
of
Pottstown
Reed
LindleyJanuary
20,
2011Budget ImplicationsThe administration
is
preparing a budget
to
recommend
to
the
Board
that
could potentiallyinclude over $600,000
of
personnel cuts. This comes on
the
heels
of
last year's budget wherewe cut 1central office pOSition, 9 support staff, and 11 teaching positions.We may be able
to
protect class size and maintain current programming
for
the
2011-12 schoolyear;
but
this is yet
to
be determined.What I
want
the Board and
the
community
to
know is
thatthe
District cannot sustain qualityeducational programming should such cuts be required in
the
2012-13
budget.
What
I
am
saying
is
that
this District, this Community
has less
than one year
to
come together around a set
of
common ideas and action steps
that
will
provide high quality education;
that
will
engagestudents, parents, and the community
at
large; and will be affordable
to
Pottstown's taxpayers.We have the talent and
the
desire in this community
to
work
toward
these ends. But movingforward, we are beyond
the
"business
as
usual" mentality. Arguing
to
protect various programswill
not
result in a more streamlined and functional system.I plan
to
work collaboratively
with our
legislative representatives,
with the
Department
of
Education, and with
the
Governor's Office
to
reach
out
for
ideas
to
create public-privatepartnerships
that
can
propel this and
other
communities forward.I
ask
that
you become engaged
with the
President's
Task
Force on Facilities,
they
will becompleting
their
tour
of
all District buildings and be moving forward
with
discussion andexploration
of
a number
of
ideas regarding
the
configuration
of
the
District and
the
upgrading
of
the elementary schools.Iencourage Board members and all interested parties in
the
community
to
start attendingthese meetings, there
is
time
for
public comment
at
each meeting,
but the
recommendationswill emerge from
the
Committee. This will be what I call a "messy process" because
the
committee needs
to
hear
All
constructive and relevant ideas
that
can
assist in moving
the
District and community forward through these economic floodwaters. I plan
to
work
with
Mr.
Huss,
Mr.
Bush, and
the
architects
to
ensure
that
we have
an
open process
for
all relevant ideas
to
be considered.I also welcome ideas
to
come forward via the Superintendents Forum:
Host Princ!paJ/School Locatlgn
September
21.
2010Mrs. Cooper/PMS Invictus MinistriesNote
from
theMeeting 79
N.
Hanover Street
 
October 14, 2010
Mr.
Rodriguez/PHSNovember 16, 2010
Mr.
Moyer/RupertMarch
29,
2011Mrs. Hoch/LincolnMay 17, 2011 Dr. Tuck/EdgewoodFirst Church
of
the
Brethren371
N.
York Street
St.
John's
UCC
11
S.
Price StreetFirst Church
of
the
Brethren371
N.
York Street
Mount
Olive Baptist Church240
Mintzer
Street
I also welcome phone calls, em ails, and private conversations
if
you desire.The purpose
for
my statement this evening
is
ensure
that the
Board and
the
community
is
aware
of
the urgency
of
these matters; and clearly understand
that
blaming
the
Federal, State
or
local government will
not
resolve
the
problem.
By
rolling up
our
sleeves;
by
overlooking anypast allegiances
or
conflicts; we can and we will resolve
the
significant issues
that
face thisDistrict and community.

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