RE: Important chat

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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 the attachment.
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 like
Pottstown. 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 needed in the PA education (Significant partnership with private and public providers and
dollars).
Tom, I am convinced that there are ways to deliver education differently in Pottstown, retain high quality (and
likely Improve quality), but it would require the waiver 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 is well with you,
Reed
Reed O. Undley, Ed. O.
Superintendent
Pottstown SO
rtlndlay@pOttstoWDscI.om
610-970-6600
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To:
From:
Date:
RE:
School Board of Directors and the Community of Pottstown
Reed Lindley
January 20, 2011
Budget Implications
The administration is preparing a budget to recommend to the Board that could potentially
include over $600,000 of personnel cuts. This comes on the heels of last year's budget where
we cut 1 central 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 school
year; but this is yet to be determined.
What I want the Board and the community to know is that the District cannot sustain quality
educational 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 engage
students, 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 moving
forward, we are beyond the "business as usual" mentality. Arguing to protect various programs
will 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-private
partnerships that can propel this and other communities forward.
I ask that you become engaged with the President's Task Force on Facilities, they will be
completing their tour of all District buildings and be moving forward with discussion and
exploration of a number of ideas regarding the configuration of the District and the upgrading
of the elementary schools.
I encourage Board members and all interested parties in the community to start attending
these meetings, there is time for public comment at each meeting, but the recommendations
will 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. 2010 Mrs. Cooper/PMS Invictus Ministries
Note from theMeeting 79 N. Hanover Street
October 14, 2010 Mr. Rodriguez/PHS
November 16, 2010 Mr. Moyer/Rupert
March 29, 2011 Mrs. Hoch/Lincoln
May 17, 2011 Dr. Tuck/Edgewood
First Church of the Brethren
371 N. York Street
St. John's UCC
11 S. Price Street
First Church of the Brethren
371 N. York Street
Mount Olive Baptist Church
240 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 any
past allegiances or conflicts; we can and we will resolve the significant issues that face this
District and community.
FW: Important chat
FW: Important chat
Reed Lindley
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:57 AM
To: Cpitchford@pasen.gov
Cc: tqulgley@pahousegop.com; Reed Undley
Importance: High
Attachments: Supt-Budt Comments 1-2D-ll.doc (27 KB)
Cpitchford@pasen.gov
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Charles, I appreciate your follow up this AM, see email below that I sent to Rep. Quigley. We have a phone call
scheduled this Friday, after 4pm. I would like to schedule some time with Tom and the Senator to discuss items
in the email below.
Thanks for your help,
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
r1lndley@pOttstoWnsd.om
610-970-6600
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 like
Pottstown. As I stated to the Board, we are beyond "business as usual.
n
(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 needed in the PA education (Significant partnership with private and
public providers and dollars).
Tom, I am convinced that there are ways to deliver education differently in Pottstown, retain high quality (and
likely improve quality), but it would require the waiver 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 is well with you,
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
r1lndley@potlstownsd·om
610-970-6600
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To:
From:
Date:
RE:
School Board of Directors and the Community of Pottstown
Reed lindley
January 20, 2011
Budget Implications
The administration is preparing a budget to recommend to the Board that could potentially
include over $600,000 of personnel cuts. This comes on the heels of last year's budget where
we cut 1 central 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 school
year; but this is yet to be determined.
What I want the Board and the community to know is that the District cannot sustain quality
educational 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 engage
students, 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 moving
forward, we are beyond the "business as usual" mentality. Arguing to protect various programs
will 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-private
partnerships that can propel this and other communities forward.
I ask that you become engaged with the President's Task Force on Facilities, they will be
completing their tour of all District buildings and be moving forward with discussion and
exploration of a number of ideas regarding the configuration of the District and the upgrading
of the elementary schools.
I encourage Board members and all interested parties in the community to start attending
these meetings, there is time for public comment at each meeting, but the recommendations
will 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 PrlnclpallSchool Location
September 21. 2010 Mrs. Cooper /PMS Invictus Ministries
Note from theMeeting 79 N. Hanover Street
October 14, 2010 Mr. Rodriguez/PHS
November 16, 2010 Mr. Moyer/Rupert
a;;
c..=Z7.
March 29, 2011 Mrs. Hoch/lincoln
May 17, 2011 Dr. Tuck/Edgewood
First Church of the Brethren
371 N. York Street
St. John's UCC
11 S. Price Street
First Church of the Brethren
371 N. York Street
Mount Olive Baptist Church
240 Mintzer Street
I also welcome phone calls. emails, 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 any
past allegiances or conflicts; we can and we will resolve the significant issues that face this
District and community.
RE: Meeting Request
RE: Meeting Request
Reed Lindley
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 201112:33 PM
To: Mlzdall, Cheri [cmizdall@pasen.gov]
Cc: Reed Undley
Page 1 of 1
Cheri, I understand, but I must press on, I need access sooner as we have limited time to develop a sustainable
gameplan for Pottstown.
Thanks,
Reed
PS: I am not asking anything of the Senator, just to hear my thoughts, and support access accross the spectrum
in Harrisburg.
\
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
rljndley@!pottstgWOsd,Om
610-970-6600
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From: Mizdall, Cheri [cmizdail@pasen.gov]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:00 AM
To: Reed Undley
SUbject: Meeting Request
Superintendent lindley,
I am writing with regard to your request for a meeting with Senator Rafferty. The Senator would
prefer to schedule thIs meeting after the Governor's Budget Address on March 8
th
. He will have a
better understanding of the Governor's proposal at that tIme. I will contact you shortly after the
budget address to schedule a mutually convenient date/time for this meeting. Thank you.
Clieri :Mizdcllt
Senator :Raffertys q!fice
20 :East J1/ing
.7It:irrispurg, P Yl J7J20
(Pnone)
(7J7)783-4587 (fax)
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CONFIDENTIAL
CONFIDENTIAL
Reed Lindley
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 3:46 PM
To: VhgOOO@yahoo.com
Cc: Unda Adams; Jeff Sparagana; John Armato; Terri lampe; Pam Bateson; Reed Undley
Importance: High
Attachments: 201G-U_ProjectecCEnrollme", l.xIs (52 1<8)
Vahan H. Gureghian
CSMI
CEO
VhgOOO@yahoo.com
Vahan:
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It was a pleasure meeting you and Max this morning. I left with more optimism that I have mustered
for a while regarding the future of the Pottstown SD and the Borough of Pottstown. It is clear that the
community would be remiss by not exploring any and all possibilities to promote cost savings and
educational quality.
NEXT STEPS:
1. I reviewed the highlights of our discussion with the following:
Linda Adams: Business Administrator
Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, Asst. Supt.
John Armato, Director of Community Relations
Terri Lampe, Executive Director of Foundation for Pottstown Education
We agreed that I would inform the Board that I am continuing to explore charter school options
as another possible solution to budget concerns.
2. You plan to assist in expediting the meeting with Senator Piccola where we will have the
opportunity to review options/legislative needs that favor communities with a lower or
declining tax base.
3. I will forward you our enrollment numbers for your review and comment (See attached).
Numbers have changed so please use the following at this point:
Grades PK-5, general education: 1509
Grades PK-5, special education: 180
We calculate this would result in charter school tuition of $19,295,121.
4. If we move to a more detailed proposal, school configuration will become a Significant
community concern (topic for another discussion).
5. I would like to schedule a visit to Chester with the above and also include Pam Bateston, Director
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of Student Services. (Pam, call me about this email).
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
SUperintendent
Pottstown SD
rilndley@pOttstoWDsd·om
610-970-6600
From: Jeff Sparagana
Sent: Monday, January 31,201112:50 PM
To: Reed lindley
Subject:
Jeffrey R. Sparagana, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent
Pottstown School District
230 Beech Street
Pottstown, Pa 19464
Telephone: 610·970-6603

jsparaga@pottstownsd.org
www.Pottstownschools.com
Pottstown School District· Building a Better Tomorrow!
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ELEMENTARY ENROLLMENTS
2010-2011 School Year
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Re: meeting with Senator Piccola
Re: meeting with Senator Piccola
Reed Lindley
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 3:55 PM
To: ddare@pasen.gov
Deanna-that would be great, just let me know. Reed
----- Original Message -----
From: Dare, Deanna <ddare@pasen.gov>
To: Reed Lindley
Sent: Tue Feb 01 15:32:31 2011
Subject: meeting with Senator Piccola
Hello,
Page 1 of 1
Dave Transue has asked me to schedule a meeting with you, stan Rapp, Vahan Gureghian
and Senator Piccola.
Are you available on February 23rd? Senator has time that morning from 9:30 until
about Noon.
Let me know.
Thank you.
Deanna Dare
Office of Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola
Room 173 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6801
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Reduction in Force
Reduction in Force
Reed Lindley
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 12:11 PM
To: tquigley@pahousegop.com
Cc: Reed Undley
Page 1 of 1
Tom, I understand that there is a bill in the House to permit districts to reduce teachers for ECONOMIC reasons. I
encourage you to help lead this effort. I understand that you may be in the loop with our potential meeting with
Sen. Piccola on Feb. 23, 24.
Be Safe (more on the way from Texas as I understand it).
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndleY@Rottstownsd·om
610-970-6600
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RE: .Mecti!,g Request
RE: Meeting Request
Reed Lindley
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:36 PM
To: MlZdan, Cheri [cmlzdall@pasen.gov]
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Cc: tquigley@pahousegop.com; Jeff Sparagana; Linda Adams; John Armato; Terri Lampe; Pam Bateson; Reed Lindley
Importance: High
Cheri:
1 would like the Senator to know that 1 have a tentative meeting in Senator Piccola's office on
Feb. 23. to discuss S8l and how the charter school law needs to be adjusted to allow district's
to assign students to charters (much like Phila. is doing), and also to discuss the opportunity
for reduction in force for economic reasons (1 understand a bill is currently in the House); and
to disccuss any other opportunities for partnership with Districts (Pottstown) and state
government to create the new paradigm that can lift communities with a reduced tax base to a
competitive and influential position in the market.
Thanks for sharing,
Reed
Sen. Rafferty, Rep. Quigley:
I don't believe that the majority of Pennsylvanian's want to see the public education system
destroyed, however 1 think there will be strong support when they see the public system
working collaboratively with the private system to focus public expenditures in ways that have
most educational impact for all of Pennsylvania's students. 1 do agree with Sen. Dinniman and
Piccola in that "we must shake up" the public system. 1 want to be sure that you are included
in the conversation because 1 am convinced that we are going to shape a bold direction that
will benefit taxpayers, parents, and students alike.
Reed
Jeff, Linda, John, Pam, Terri:
We will need to meet here in the District to ensure that we have clear and focused information
ready to share and to be in a position to answer detailed budget and staffing questions about
the District.
Vaughan:
1 left a phone message to see the possibility of our staff to visit Chester on Feb. 24.
To all:
I know that there is support in Pottstown to move in a direction to improve our schools while
we continue to improve the quality of instruction that directly impacts student achievement.
The question remains, "how can we afford to do this?" We have less than one year to have a
plan in action (This itself is unheard of in our business)!
1 am in no position to put forward any recommendation, we must investigage all options, we
must have evidence that any new direction is clearly a WIN-WIN. It must change the direction
of continual tax increases; it must demonstrate quality education for all sectors; it must be
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.
sustainable over time (through the natural business cycle). Business as usual is over. We
either join the complainers and watch this distirct and town continue to self-destruct, or we
create, and lead---this is why we are hired and why we are elected.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with partners and staff that are committed to
getting the job done and to seeing that it is done with quality.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
rflndley@pottstownsd·om
610-970-6600
From: Mizdail, Cheri [cmlzdall@pasen.gov]
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 201111:00 AM
To: Reed Lindley
Subject: Meeting Request
Cheri :Mizdail
Senator :Raffirtys C!ffice
20 :East 'Wing
.J-h.rrisburg, P..:4 17J20
(717)787-1398 (Phone)
f717J783-4S87 (fax)
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RE: meeting confinnation
RE: meeting confirmation
Reed Lindley
Sent: Thursday, February 03,201111:54 AM
To: Dare, Deanna [ddare@pasen.gov]
Cc: Unda Adams
Deanna, thanks for your assistance, I hope to chat with David at some point prior to the meeting.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
SUperintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley§!!potlstoWDsd.om
610-970-6600
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From: Dare, Deanna [ddare®pasen.gov]
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 201111:06 AM
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To: Reed Undley; Stanley Rapp; pcamey@chartersmi.com; Transue, David; Moll, Sean
Subject: meeting confirmation
Hello:
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We have confirmed the meeting with Senator Piccola regarding Pottstown School District. It will take place in
our Capitol Office - Room 173 Main Capitol- on Thursday, February 23
rd
at lO:OOam.
Thank you.
Deanna Dare
Office of Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola
Room 173 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6801
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Meeting Prep.
Meeting Prep
Reed Lindley
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:47 AM
To: VhgOOO@yahoo.com
Cc: Unda Adams; Reed Undley
Importance: High
Vaughan:
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It would be helpful if Linda Adams, Business Administrator and I met with you prior to our
Harrisburg (still tentative for 23rd) visit to review ball park cost estimates/possibilities. Would
there be any benefit for you to visit Pottstown, drive by our schools?
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley@pottstownsd,ora
610-970-6600
From: Reed Lindley
Sent: Thursday, February 03,201110:41 AM
To: VhgOOO@yahoo,com
Subject: FW: Meeting Request
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley@pottstownsd.gm
610-970-6600
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From: Reed Lindley
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:36 PM
To: MizdaiJ, Cheri
Cc: tquigley@pahousegop.com; Jeff Sparagana; Linda Adams; John Armato; Terri Lampe; Pam Bateson; Reed
Lindley
Subject: RE: Meeting Request
Cheri:
I would like the Senator to know that 1 have a tentative meeting in Senator Piccola's office on
Feb. 23. to discuss 56l and how the charter school law needs to be adjusted to allow district's
to assign students to charters (much like Phi/a. is doing), and also to discuss the opportunity
for reduction in force for economic reasons (I understand a bill is currently in the House); and
to disccuss any other opportunities for partnership with Districts (Pottstown) and state
government to create the new paradigm that can lift: communities with a reduced tax base to a
competitive and influential position in the market.
Thanks for sharing,
Reed
Sen. Rafferty, Rep. Quigley:
I don't believe that the majority of Pennsylvanian's want to see the public education system
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. .
destroyed, however I think there will be strong support when they see the public system
working collaborative/y with the private system to focus public expenditures in ways that have
most educational impact for all of Pennsylvania's students. I do agree with Sen. Dinniman and
Piccola in that "we must shake up" the public system. I want to be sure that you are included
in the conversation because I am convinced that we are going to shape a bold direction that
will benefit taxpayers, parents, and students alike.
Reed
Jeff, Linda, John, Pam, Terri:
We will need to meet here in the District to ensure that we have clear and focused information
ready to share and to be in a position to answer detailed budget and staffing questions about
the District.
Vaughan:
I left a phone message to see the possibility of our staff to visit Chester on Feb. 24.
To all:
I know that there is support in Pottstown to move in a direction to improve our schools while
we continue to improve the quality of instruction that directly impacts student achievement.
The question remains, "how can we afford to do this?" We have less than one year to have a
plan in action (This itself is unheard of in our business)!
I am in no position to put forward any recommendation, we must investigage all options, we
must have evidence that any new direction is clearly a WIN-WIN. It must change the direction
of continual tax increases; it must demonstrate quality education for all sectors; it must be
sustainable over time (through the natural business cycle). Business as usual is over. We
either join the complainers and watch this distirct and town continue to self-destruct, or we
create, and lead---this is why we are hired and why we are elected.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with partners and staff that are committed to
getting the job done and to seeing that it is done with quality.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
,IIndlay@pott:stowosd,om
610-970-6600
From: MizdaiJ, Cheri [cmizdail@pasen,gov]
Sent: Thursday, January 27,201111:00 AM
To: Reed Undley
Subject: Meeting Request
Cheri .:Mizdait
Sen.ator Rafferty's C!lfice
20 :East lYing
.:Harrisburg, :P.Yl J7120
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(7J7)787-J398 (Pnone)
(7J7)783-4587 (Tax)
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RE: March Meeting
Ortenzio, Lauren [Iortenzio@state.pa.us]
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 3:28 PM
To: Reed Undley; Terri Lampe; Pugliese, Anthony [anpugllese@state.pa.us]
Cc: Hughes, Usa [Iishughes@state.pa.us]
Hi Terri,
Would you like to send me some dates and time for this meeting and I will run it by Anthony and Lisa. Is this
meeting going to be taking place in Harrisburg or Pottstown?
Thanks
Lauren Ortenzlo
Legislative and Policy Specialist
Department of Community & Economic Development
(717)720-1317
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Roor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
www.newPA.com I www.visitPA.com
Confidentiality Notice: this electronic communication Is privileged and confidential and is intended only for the party to whom it is
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From: Reed Undley [mailto:r1indley@pottstownscl.org]
Sent: Friday, February 11,201112:37 PM
To: Terri Lampe; Pugliese, Anthony
Cc: Hughes, Usa; Ortenzio, Lauren
Subject: RE: March Meeting
Importance: High
Anthony.
So good to hear from you.
Hello to Lauren and Lisa.
It is very important to me that the Governor's Office is aware of the needs of the Pottstown Communtiy and the
Pottstown School District. We are developing ideas for public-private partnerships that could potentially be the
model for towns across the state in similar circumstances.
We do NOT have failing schools, we DO have catastrophic budget implications a year out that will quickly turn us
into a failing school system.
I am on board with the need to ashake UpD the public education system-no issue here. However. I along with most
Pennsylvanian's are not ready to destroy the public education system. To make the paradigm adjustments that
are needed to revserse the tax and spend mentality, I need personal support from the legislature, POE, AND the
Governor's Office.
We have a meeting scheduled with Sen. Piccola to discuss revisions in the charter school law that will continue to
promote choice AND protect quality public schools.
The School District is a formal partner with Borough Council and the County Re-Development Authority
(Organization called PAID). in an effort to promote and focus economic growth in the Borough.
I will be meeting shortly with the new PAID Board, would love to have you or others as a Quest at one of our initial
meetings to develop networks and to build capacity that will strengthen our ideas going forward.
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Terri or I will follow up after our meeting with Senator Piccola, I assure you that I am pursuing all avenues seeking
a win-win solution for taxpayers and students.
See part of an email below that I forwarded to a potential private parter in this regard:
Just a common sense reminder to all:
For this partnership to move forward I must be in a position to articulate the following points to our Board and
community:
1. Quality education is maintained or enhanced.
2. Cost is SIGNIFICANTLY reduced.
3. The model is sustainable over the next 20-30 years.
I look forward to working together, so we can make all of us proud to be part of the Keystone State! The
campaign has ended, it is time for bold an poSitive action to provide the economic infrastructure so critical to a
quality system of education of all students in Pennsylvania.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley@pgttstownscl.ora
610-970-6600
From: Terri lampe
Sent: Friday, February 11, 201112:02 PM
To: Pugliese, Anthony
Cc: Hughes, Usa; Ortenzio, lauren; Reed Undley
Subject: RE: March Meeting
Greatl Please let me know what dates/times in March that are convenient.
We will gladly have the meeting here in Pottstown and could show you first hand the positive
things and ideas we have as well as the challenges. Of course, we can certainly meet in
Harrisburg.
Terri C. Lampe
Director of Development - Pottstown School District
Executive Director· Foundation for Pottstown Education
230 Beech Street
Pottstown PA 19464
610-718-8647
cell· 484-239-3922
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From: Pugliese, Anthony [anpugliese@state.pa.us]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:38 PM
To: Terrllampe
Cc: Hughes, Usa; Ortenzio, lauren
Subject: March Meeting
Terri,
Here is my email address, I'm not sure why it wasn't working for you before, but hopefully that has now all been
resolved. Please let me know how things are progressing and I have CCed lauren Ortenzio who helps the Policy
director, Lisa Hughes, and myself so should be able to find a good date in early March for a meeting.
Anthony Pugliese
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· .
Director of Legislative Affairs
Department of Community & Economic Development
(717)720-1324
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street. 4th Floor
Harrisburg. PA 17120-0225
www·newPA.comlwww·visltpA.com
Confidentiality Notice: This electronic communication is privileged and confidential arid is intended only for the party to whom it is
addressed. If received in error, please return to sender.
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RE: D ~ t a for,projections
RE: Data for projections
Reed Lindley
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 5:49 PM
To: Max Tribble [maxbtrlbble@gmall.com]
Cc: VhgOOO [vhgOOO@yahoo.com]; Unda Adams; Jeff Sparagana; Reed Undley
Importance: High
Attachments: Enrollment PSD 14-11.xls (46 KS) ; PSD_Elem_Staffing-Enrollmt ... l.doc (62 KS)
Max, please find attached:
a. Enrollment sheet (color code is explained on the staffing document).
b. Elementary Staffing Matrix
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Budget reports are run, being copied to mail on Monday OR if a visit here is helpful, I could give them to you
then.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley@pottstownsd.org
610-970-6600
From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:51 PM
To: Reed Lindley
Cc: VhgOOO; Linda Adams; Jeff Sparagana
Subject: Re: Data for projections
Hi Reed-
I think the criteria you outlined will give us a very good starting point. Don't worry about a specific
template - use whatever makes compilation easiest for you. Thanks and please don't hesitate to call with
any quetions.
Best,
Max
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
On Feb 9, 2011, at 7:49 PM, Reed Lindley <rlindley@pottstownsd.org> wrote:
Max, thanks for the follow up, I discussed this with Linda Adams, Business Administrator, Dr. Jeffrey
Sparagana, Asst. Supt., Pam Bateson, Director of Pupil Services, John Armato, Director of
Community Relations, Terri Lampe, Executive Director of foundation for Pottstown Education.
Linda, see me if you would like to discuss format etc. I believe we have most of the information
needed in the Task Force Binder along with the enrollment updates that Jeff has assembled.
For Example:
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RE: D ~ t a for, projections
Barth
Enrollment, general and special education
# general ed teachers by grade level
# special education teachers by grade level
# support staff (classroom assistants, specialists, etcO
# related arts teachers
# support staff (custodial, cafe, clerical, etc).
We will want to articulate costs for charter replacement and savings to current configuration.
Max if you have a template that you use, just let us know.
Reed
Reed O. Unclley, Ed. O.
Superintendent
Pottstown SO
dlndley@pottstownsd.orq
610-970-6600
From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 09,20113:05 PM
To: Reed lindley
Cc: VhgOOO
Subject: Data for projections
Hi Reed--
Page 20f2
Vahan asked me to follow up with you about getting some data together so that he can make
initial projections. Initially, if you can send us data on K-8 enrollment and spending it
would be extremely helpful. Also, whatever special education information you can provide,
including number of students being sent to outside schools, would be very useful. Let me
know if we can do anything to help - we will be happy to provide whatever assistance is
necessary.
Thanks,
Max Tribble
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
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Confidential Information
29 7
POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
ELEMENTARY ENROLLMENTS
2010-2011 School Year
282 I 36 302 33
For internal use only
375 24 267 I 20
Pottstown School District
Elementary Enrollment and Staffing Information
Elementary Enrollment: See Color Coded Spreadsheet
Description:
Red numbers =classroom full, no more enrollment
Orange box=Full Time Special Ed (not included)
Yellow box =special education students included in the regular ed classroom
Green box = Total enrollment in the homeroom, including special ed #s in yellow
Elementary Staffing
Staffing Matrix Barth Edgewood Franklin Lincoln
PK (4yr) 1 .5 1 1
K 3 2 2 3
Gr1 3 2 2 3
Gr2 3 2 2 3
Gr3 3 2 1 2
Gr4 2 2 2 2
Gr5 2 1 2 2
Sp. Ed Lifeskills 2 0 0 0
Sp. Ed. Learning 3 5,1 ES 2 5
Support
Sp. Ed. Autism 0 0 3 0
Speech Therapist 1 1 1 1
Occ Therapist - 2.5 elementary level
Phy Therapist 1.3 elementary level
English Second Lana 1 1 0 0
Art .5 .25 .5 .5
Health/PE 1 .5 .5 .5
Ubrary .68 .5 .5 .5
Music .5 1 .5 .5
Instrumental 1 teacher for district
Reading Specialist 1 1 1 1
Intervention 1 1 0 1
Specialist
(tch contract)
Intervention Assistants 3 3 4 3
_(assistant salary)
Guidance Counselor 0 0 1
Psycholoaist 1 1 1 .6
Principal 1 1 1 1
Secretary 1 1 1 1
Other Clerical 0 0 0 0
Custodial 1 1 1 1
Rupert
.5
2
2
2
2
1
2
0
3
0
1
0
.5
.5
.5
.5
1
0
4
0
1
1
1
0
1
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Re: Bldg Costs
Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 20114:31 PM
To: Reed Undley
Cc: Reed Undley; VhgOOO [vhgOOO@yahoo.com); Unda Adams; Jeff Sparagana
Hi Reed,
Thank you for passing this along. We will review and we will also be back to you tomorrow about tying
to schedule the visit.
Best,
Max
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
On Feb 13, 2011, at 1:40 PM, Reed Lindley <rlindley@poUstownsd.org> wrote:
Max, the reports that I have show the following costs per building, they include staffing, supplies,
substitutes, utilities, all direct costs attributed to the building. They do not include indirect costs such
as grass cutting, percentage of central office time, etc. Numbers reflect 2009-10 expenditures.
Barth: 2,430,973
Edgewood: 2,636,403
Franklin: 2,397,116
Uncoln: 2,429,172
Rupert: 2,057,544
Total Elementary: 11,951,208
High School: 11,759,260
Middle School: 6,977,681
The District has 5 elementary schools, 1 MS. 1 Comprehensive HS, Administration Building. and
Administration Annex, across the street from Franklin Elementary.
Hope this is helpful,
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
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R.e: Bldg Costs
rllndleY@POttstownsd.pm
610-970-6600
From: Reed Lindley
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 5:49 PM
To: Max Tribble
Cc: VhgOOO; Linda Adams; Jeff Sparagana; Reed Lindley
Subject: RE: Data for projections
Max, please find attached:
a. Enrollment sheet (color code is explained on the staffing document).
b. Elementary Staffing Matrix
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Budget reports are run, being copied to mail on Monday OR if a visit here is helpful, I could give
them to you then.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Reed
Reed D. Lindley, Ed. D.
SUperintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley@p9ttstpwnsd•om
610-970-6600
From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:51 PM
To: Reed Lindley
Cc: VhgOOO; Linda Adams; Jeff Sparagana
Subject: Re: Data for projections
Hi Reed-
I think the criteria you outlined will give us a very good starting point. Don't worry about a
specific template - use whatever makes compilation easiest for you. Thanks and please don't
hesitate to call with any quetions.
Best,
Max
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
On Feb 9, 2011, at 7:49 PM, Reed Lindley <rlindley@pottstownsd.org> wrote:
Max, thanks for the follow up, I discussed this with Unda Adams, Business
Administrator, Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, Asst. Supt., Pam Bateson, Director of Pupil
Services, John Armato, Director of Community Relations, Terri Lampe, Executive
Director of Foundation for Pottstown Education.
Linda, see me If you would like to diSCUSS format etc. I believe we have most of the
information needed in the Task Force Binder along with the enrollment updates that
Jeff has assembled.
For Example:
Barth
Enrollment, general and special education
https:/ /mail.pottstownsd.org/owa/?ae=Item&t=IPM.Note&id=RgAAAAC5djosN640QrLg... 4/19/2011
Roe: Bldg Costs
# general ed teachers by grade level
# special education teachers by grade level
# support staff (classroom assistants, specialists, etcO
# related arts teachers
# support staff (custodial, cafe, clerical, etc).
We will want to articulate costs for charter replacement and savings to current
configuration.
Max if you have a template that you use, just let us know.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
dlndley!li!DQUstoWDsd.om
610-970-6600
From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 20113:05 PM
To: Reed Lindley
Cc: VhgOOO
Subject: Data for projections
Hi Reed--
Vahan asked me to follow up with you about getting some data together so that
he can make initial projections. Initially, if you can send us data on K-8
emollment and spending it would be extremely helpful. Also, whatever special
education information you can provide, including number of students being
sent to outside schools, would be very useful. Let me know if we can do
anything to help - we will be happy to provide whatever assistance is necessary.
Thanks,
Max Tribble
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
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SBI and more
SBl and more
Reed Lindley
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:00 AM
To: Board Members
Page 1 of 1
Cc: skalls; John Armato; Jeff Sparagana; Unda Adams; Pam Bateson; Reed Undley; Terri Lampe; Taffy Wolfe
Importance: High
http://plccola.orgleducationI20111021611/agenda.htm
This site has all the testimony from SB1 hearing, a good review of varied viewpoints, see Ed Law Center,
and PSBA. Jeff may want to add other comments as I have not had the opportunity to speak with him
since this hearing.
Later this month, I hope to speak with Senator Piccola along with Senator Rafferty-we may be In a
position to Influence some legislation that could assist our Board In having options as we face the future.
( EX: Prevailing wage and how students are assigned to charters and cyber charters).
Have a good meeting this evening, I plan to hear some organizational Ideas from the Seattle SD shortly
here In Denver.
You will continue to face public challenges, especially with tonight's agenda.
I find it helpful to stay focused on: Quality education for all students, affordable, and sustainable.
Leadership matters.
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
rlindleY@PRttstowosd•om
610-970-6600
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RE: meeting confirmation
RE: meeting confirmation
Reed Lindley
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:18 PM
To: Dare, Deanna [ddare@pasen.gov]
Cc: Reed Undley
Deanna, planning to attend from Pottstown SO:
Reed Lindley, Supt.
Jeffrey Sparagana, Asst. Supt.
Linda Adams, Business Adm.
Terri Lampe, Ex. Dir of our Ed Foundation
John Armato, Dir of Communications
Dennis Wausnock, School Board Member
Hope we all"fit."
Thanks,
Reed
Reed D. Undley, Ed. O.
Superintendent
Pottstown SO
rllndlev@POttstownsd·9m
610-970-6600
From: Dare, Deanna [ddare@pasen.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:22 AM
To: pcamey@chartersmi.com; Reed Undley; Stanley Rapp; Transue, David
Subject: meeting confirmation
Hello.
Page 1 of 1
I am confirming your meeting with Senator Piccola scheduled for tomorrow (2/23) at 10:00am in our capitol
Office - Room 173 Main Capitol Building.
Thank you.
Deanna Dare
Office of Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola
Room 173 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6801
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House Visit
House Visit
Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:43 PM
To: Reed Undley
Hi Reed -
That was a good meeting today and you did a great job communicating
your situation. It's a powerful message, especially corning from a
superintendent.
I woud like to offer to help you get the message out and lobby on
behalf of the right provisions for the charter bill. Please consider
this an offer for an pro-Bono services (informally) from Carmen Group
Pennsylvania, LLC. If you would like to set a day to come to
Harrisburg I will set up leadership meetings as well as meetings with
a few rank and file members. Let me know if you want to proceed. We
can discuss when we see each othe tomorrow.
Best,
Max
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
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RE: HSBG DATES
RE: HSBG DATES
Reed Lindley
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 4:22 PM
To: Max Tribble [maxbtrlbble@gmall.com]
Cc: Unda Adams; Reed Undley
Importance: High
Page lof2
Linda, knowing that you have a MD appointment on Monday AM when I will be meeting with
Max, please work up some numbers for me. I believe Max and others may be seeking some
type of fomula--when districts meet this threshold, the Board would be PERMITTED to develop
a conversion contact with a private provider.
• Total Debt
• Percentage debt
• Index
• Expected Index
• Local Effort
• Percentage Local Effort
• Etc
Plus, any information that you would recommend to be considered in a formula.
Thanks,
Reed
Reed D. Unclley, Ed. D.
SUperintendent
Pottstown SD
rllndley@pottstpwnsd·orq
610-970-6600
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From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmall.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 20119:20 AM
To: Reed Undley
Cc: Unda Adams
Subject: Re: HSBG DATES
Hi Reed:
Following up on our conversation yesterday regarding scheduling, I would be grateful if you and Linda
could allot the full time you offered for next Tuesday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in the Capitol. I am still
working out times for the meetings so that they are organized and not overlapping, but [ have spoken
with the following members specifically I and each has stated that they would like to meet:
Speaker Sam Smith (Jefferson County);
Majority Leader Mike Turzai (Allegheney):
Majority Whip Stan Saylor (York);
Rep. Tom Killion (Delaware County) who is introducing the charter school bill in the House this week);
Rep. Todd Stephens (Montgomery) who is meeting with Superintendents next week and would like to
scout prospective allies for this initiative;
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RE: HSBO DATES
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I spoke with john Rafferty yesterday to let him know what we are doing and he has lent his endorsement
of you for all the meetings. I know that he seemed a little non-committal in our meeting with Senator
Picolla but he does in fact seem very much on board.
I will be in touch on the other issue shortly.
Best,
Max
On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM, Reed Lindley <rlindley@pottstownsd.org> wrote:
Max:
Linda and I could be available in Harrisburg as follows:
Mar. 7: ll-1pm
Mar. 8: 1-4pm
Mar. 14: 9-11am
Mar. 22/23: 9:00-4:00 pm
Reed o. Undley, Ed. O.
Superintendent
. Pottstown SO
dlndley@pottstownsd,om
610-970-6600
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, fax
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RE: Letter
RE: Letter
Reed Lindley
sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:35 AM
To: Max Tribble [maxbbibble@gmall.com]
610-970-6609
Reed D. Undley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
rllndley@pOttstoWDsd,prq
610-970-6600
From: Max Tribble [maxbtribble@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 20118:26 AM
To: Reed Lindley
Subject: Letter
Hi Reed-
Page 1 of 1
We are sending this letter out now and I was thinking we should send by USPS and by fax, Is there a
direct fax number to your office?
Best,
Max
Max B. Tribble
(202) 669-4141, cell
(202) 747-7573, direct fax
Pennsylvania Office,'
229 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 461-2401
Washington, DC Office,'
1201 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 341-6383
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Letters Requested
Letters Requested
Reed Undley
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 3:14 PM
To: Board Members; skalls; Unda Adams; Jeff Sparagana
Cc: John Armato; Joanne Rhoads; Reed Undley
Attachments: letter-Board 3-31-11[1].doc (291<8) ; letter from CSMI[l].pdf (64 KB)
Board Members:
Page 1 of 1
Please find attached the letter that you requested of me and the letter that I read at the
C.O.W. last evening.
John, I understand that the Mercury is interested-- please feel free to share the attached,
please see me prior.
Pottstown can emerge from the challenges that we face if each of us keeps our focus on the
themes that I believe unite us:
Quality education for all students, schools and programs affordable to the taxpayers, and
sustainable over time.
Have a great weekend.
Reed
ps: Joanne, please print for Dennis.
Reed D. Lindley, Ed. D.
superintendent
Pottstown SD
rllndley@pottstownseJ·qrq
610-970-6600
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April 1 , 2011
Mr. Richard Huss, Board President
Members of the Board of Directors
Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana, Asst. Supt.
Mrs. Unda Adams, Business Administrator
Mr. Stephen Kalis, Solicitor
Dear Board Members and Colleagues:
Per your request I am reviewing my comments made at the Committee of the
Whole on March 31, 2011 during my presentation of the communication that I
received regarding a potential proposal for a charter school in Pottstown. Prior to
reading the letter that I had received, I provided the following contextual
commentary:
Since my appointment as Superintendent I have been contacted by persons
wishing to discuss charter schools. I have had 3 appointments with individuals
that made it clear to me that there were providers interested in moving a charter
school to Pottstown.
I explained to all three that I would personally oppose a charter school
(regardless of quality issues), because of the school's ability to "cherry pick"
students, to attract students from various schools and grade levels, but not
enough for the Board to reduce programs or staff. Solely from a fiscal viewpoint,
this approach is detrimental to the School District and to the taxpayers of
Pottstown. The District would need to maintain current programming, would not
be in a position to close a school, etc. and the funding to the charter would
further drain the District budget.
Knowing that the District is facing significant financial challenges, Mrs. Adams
and I had two separate visits to Harrisburg to meet with legislators where we
advocated for mandate relief. We were assured that various legislators were
sponsoring such bills.
I communicated my view that Boards should have all tools in their decision-
making box to adequately deal with the challenges that we face. I articulated the
following themes: quality education, affordable to the taxpayers, and sustainable
overtime.
Subsequently, knowing that the Chester Charter School was one of the providers
considering Pottstown (and knowing that this Board would need to vote on the
charter should such a proposal be made; and knowing that should the Board
deny the charter, the proponent has the right to have the charter approved at the
state level, which would be very likely in the current environment); I felt that it
was important for District leadership to become familiar with the program and
process that could potentially take root in the Borough. Therefore, I along with
other central staff members visited the charter school in Chester.
On March 30, I received the letter from the CEO of the Chester Charter School
as presented here and in the Board minutes.
In summary, it is my duty as Superintendent of Schools to be in a position to offer
sound recommendations to the Board that enhance the quality of education,
provide programming that is affordable to the taxpayers; and is sustainable over
time. As we face continuing budget deficits, and deliberate on the best solution to
improve the elementary schools, I will continue to seek ideas and potential
solutions to bring to this Board for consideration.
The communication of the interest of the Chester Charter School has potential
implications to the District and the Borough; which should be understood and
debated. I clearly understand the "shock" that this letter and my comments
created. However, given the potential impact of the information in the letter, I felt
it necessary to communicate its contents at this time to the Committee of the
Whole.
Currently, there is no decision for the Board to generate regarding a potential
charter school-such decisions are required upon receipt of an actual proposal. I
appreciate your thoughtful and concerned engagement with this matter.
Sincerely,
'Reed'L inafey
Reed D. Lindley
Superintendent of Schools
March 30, 2011
Mr. Reed Lindley
Superintendent of Schools
Pottstown School Distnct
Administration Building
230 Beech Street
Pottstown, PA 19464-0779
Dear Superintendent lindley:

MAR S " 2Ull
P0,.J.)j .... ..
SUPERlNTeNDENPS
I am writing to let you that Charter School Management (CSMI), Inca orated. is considering submitting
an application for a charter school in the Pottstown School District. After co siderable research and evaluation,
my company has concluded that we can offer a positive benefit to the stude ts and citizens of Pottstown based
on the successful model of the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) Chester, Pennsylvania. Our
application would be submitted in time to open a school for the 2012 - 2013 chool year
However. there is a legislation currently pending In the Pennsylvania enate (PA Senate Bill 904) which
would allow for your school board to convert existing public schools into publ c charter schools If this
legislation IS passed. CSMI will likely offer a proposal to the Pottstown Scho I District to manage the education
of your kindergarten through fifth grade students at a considerable savings t the district.
CSMI would be able educate the kindergarten through fifth grade st ents (approximately 50 percent of
the district's enrollment) utilizing four of the five current elementary school fa ilities. CSMI would make
necessary upgrades and updates to the facilities at Its own expense.
CSMI would set rigorous academic achievement goals for all studen s, and for overall sChool
performance, to be evaluated at the end of the initial five year period as a co dition of renewal of a
management contract. and would follow the successful model of its schools t CCCS, building on an excellent
track record of academic and behavioral accomplishment.
In addition to school improvements. CSMI would provide all kindergarten through Slh grade services,
including facilities and academic management, for a fee that is less than what the Pottstown School District is
currently paing to educate these students. The district could use the savings toward the education of the 6
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grade to 12 grade population.
If the aforementioned legislation is passed, we would very much like to submit a formal proposal for your
review. as well as that of the Pottstown School Board. In the meantime, I would welcome any discussion you
might be interested in having.
I look forward to speaking with you soon. Please feel free to call me at (610) 447-0200.
Vahan H. Gureghian,
Chief Executive Officer
302 East 5
11t
Street • Chester, PA 19013 • tel: 610-447-0200 • tax: 610-447-8546 • www.csmillc.com
Response to Info Request
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Response to Info Request
Reed Lindley
Sent: Sunday, April 03,201111:03 PM
To: thomas hylton [thomashylton@comcast.net]
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Cc: skalls; Jeff Sparagana; linda Adams; Valerie Harris; Robert Hartman; Richard HUSSi Michele Pargeon; Weand Polly
[Polly_Weand@verfzon.net]; Nat White; Julia Wilson
Mr. Hylton:
Given your reference to paid advertisements in the Mercury and with the possible
implication that in some way I am not in compliance with my role as Superintendent
of Schools; I plan to consult with the Solicitor before responding to your request
for specific information. (I feel competent to reply, but plan to consult the
Solicitor to best protect the interests of the Board).
I can best assist the Board when I have an understanding of local, regional, and
state issues. This is why I chose to participate on the Board of the Pottstown
Public Library, the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, and enjoy my role as the
District representative to PAID.
In my role as Superintendent, I believe that it will be most helpful if legislators
as well as members of the Governor's staff are familiar with Pottstown and with the
educational and fiscal issues we face.
The position for which I have advocated is that Board's need more discretionary
authority as they face real fiscal challenges at the local level (which we will
continue to review at Thursday's Finance committee Meeting). This position is even
more critical should the state budget be adopted as presented, knowing that poorer
districts are significantly impacted.
Reed
Reed D. Lindley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SO
rlindley@pottstownsd.org
610-970-6600
From: thomas hylton [thomashylton@comcast.net]
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 9:06 PM
To: Reed Lindley
Cc: skalis; Jeff Sparagana; Linda Adams; Valerie Harris; Robert Hartman; Richard
Huss; Michele Pargeon; 'weand polly'; Nat White; Julia Wilson
Subject: Vahan Gureghian 1 of 2 emails
Dear Reed:
Thank you for emailing us the letter from Vahan Gureghian dated March 30, 2011 and
your accompanying letter to the board dated April 1, 2011.
I have some concerns about this issue I would like to share with you and members of
the board.
As you know, I write paid o p ~ n ~ o n pieces in The Mercury. At the end of each one, I
am careful to include the following disclaimer: "Thomas Hylton is a member of the
Pottstown school Board. However, the thoughts expressed are his alone and not
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those of the school board or administration." While many of my colleagues don't
like these columns, I believe as an elected official responsible to the voters, I
can express my opinions as long as they are clearly labeled as my opinions and not
the board's.
As superintendent of schools, however, your role is different. You are appointed by
the school board to carry out policies established by the board.
For you to gather information and explore options for our consideration is
commendable. I have complimented you several times on your candor, including at a
recent public meeting of the school board. At this point, I suggest the board needs
candid answers to the following questions:
1. In your letter, you state you were contacted by persons wishing to discuss
charter schools, and you had three appointments with individuals who made it clear
to you that there were providers interested in moving a charter school to
Pottstown. Who are these people, and what is their charter school affiliation?
2. Were these conversations initiated by people affiliated with the charter
schools, or did you invite these conversations?
3. I believe we need a written summary of your recollection of these conversations.
4. You state in your letter that you and Mrs. Adams made two separate visits to
Harrisburg to meet with legislators to advocate for mandate relief. who are the
legislators with whom you met?
5. In meeting with these legislators, what specific mandates did you discuss?
6. what specific bills did you discuss?
7. when you visited the Chester Community Charter School, who from our district
accompanied you?
8. Once again, I believe a written summary would be helpful.
9. At our committee-of-the-whole meeting Thursday, you said that with the current
climate in Harrisburg, if we don't approve a charter school application, they may
appeal to the state and receive approval anyway. Were you referring to an
application for an independent charter school open to all students, or were you
referring to Gureghian's tentative proposal to manage the education of our
kindergarten through fifth grade students? If you meant the latter, is it your
understanding that current law would allow such an appeal?
Reed - fellow members of the board -- thank you for your consideration of these
concerns.
Tom Hylton
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FW:· Charter school info request
FW: Charter school info request
Reed Lindley
Sent: Friday, April 08,20113:23 PM
To: Board Members
Cc: Linda Adams; Jeff Sparagana; Reed Lindley
Attachments: 2011-4-8 Charter school RTK.pdf (19 KB) ; 2011-4-8 Lindley RTK.pdf (18 KB)
Mr. Hylton:
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Please recall that since your previous email called into question my performance as Supt. I
referred the request to Mr. Kalis.
Subsequently, having spoken to Mr. Kalis, I was comfortable in addressing any concerns in the
Executive Session last evening. Although I was unaware that this would be a topic of
conversation, I believe that I was very open with the Board regarding this information.
Again, given the legal nature of this request, I must again have the Solicitor inform me of the
appropriate method of response.
Mr. Huss:
If there are issues that the Board has concerning my job performance, I request a time to meet
with you and with the Personnel Committee to hear those concerns.
Mr. Kalis:
Please review the email and attachments from Mr. Hylton, then inform me, Linda Adams, and
Mr. Huss of how I can best respond.
Reed
Reed D. Lindley, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Pottstown SD
rllndley@pottstownsd·om
610-970-6600
From: thomas hylton [thomashylton@comcast.net]
sent: Friday, April 08, 20112:45 PM
To: Reed Lindley; Unda Adams; RTKNOW Account
Cc: skalis; Jeff Sparagana; Valerie Harris; Robert Hartman; Richard Huss; Michele Pargeon; 'Weand Polly'; Nat
White; Julia Wilson
Subject: Charter school info request
Dear Reed:
As you know, you read a letter from Vahan Gureghian at our last public meeting on March 31,2011.
The next day, you forwarded that letter to board members and others together with a letter of your own providing
contextual commentary.
After reflecting on your letter, I emailed you April 3 with some questions. You sent a reply, but did not answer any
questions. At our school board meeting last night, it became clear to me that you do not plan to answer those
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questions.
Therefore I am formally submitting two identical information requests, one exercising my rights as a school board
member, and the other as a school board member using the Right-to-Know law. I am doing the latter simply
because you have a legal time deadline to reply to a RTK.
Sincerely,
Thomas Hylton
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THOMAS HYLTON
222 Chestnut Street Pottstown, Pennsyk'l1nia 19464 610.323.6837
AprilS, 2011
Mrs. Linda Adams
Open Records Officer
Pottstown School District
230 Beech Street
P.O. Box 779
Pottstown, PA 19464
Dear Mrs. Adams:
This letter is a request for information pursuant to the Right to Know Law, Act 3 of 2008:
DATE REQUESTED:
REQUEST SUBMITTED:
NAME OF REQUESTOR:
RECORDS REQUESTED:
April 8, 2011
E-mail, as a pdf attachment
Thomas Hylton
222 Chestnut Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Montgomery County
Phone: 61O.323.6S37
I request copies ofthe following for the dates between Jan. 1,2011 and AprilS, 2011, either in electronic
format or hard copy:
1. All correspondence, including email correspondence, between any member of the Executive
Team (Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana) and any operator, representative, or
person affiliated with a charter school operating in Pennsylvania.
2. All correspondence, including email correspondence, between any member of the Executive
Team (Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana) and any Pennsylvania legislator or federal
legislator, including members of the legislator's staff.
3. Any internal correspondence, including memos and emails, regarding charter schools, between
any of the following persons: Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana, Pam Bateson,
Terri Lampe, and John Armato.
4. Any handouts or Power Point presentations given to legislators related to the Pottstown School
District.
Sincerely.
~
Thomas Hylton
Pottstown School Board
THOMAS HYLTON
222 Chestnut Street Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464 610.323.6837
April 8, 2011
Dr. Reed Lindley
Superintendent
Pottstown School District
230 Beech Street
P.O. Box 779
Pottstown, PA 19464
Dear Dr. Lindley:
This letter is a request for information to which I am entitled as a member of the Pottstown School Board.
I request copies of the following for the dates between Jan. 1,2011 and April 8, 2011:
1. All correspondence, including email correspondence, between any member of the Executive
Team (Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana) and any operator, representative, or
person affiliated with a charter school operating in Pennsylvania.
2. All correspondence, including email correspondence, between any member of the Executive
Team (Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana) and any Pennsylvania legiSlator or federal
legislator, including members of the legislator'S staff.
3. Any internal correspondence, including memos and emails, regarding charter schools, between
any of the following persons: Reed Lindley, Linda Adams, Jeffrey Sparagana, Pam Bateson,
Terri Lampe, and John Armato.
4. Any handouts or Power Point presentations given to legislators related to the Pottstown School
District.
Sincerely,
~
Thomas Hylton

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