Effective April 27, 2021, all Board meetings will be held in the Saucon Valley High School Audion beginning at 7:00 pm. Community members attending in person should enter the high school via Door #19 or #20. All School Board meetings will be livestreamed via the District’s YouTube channel. A link to the District’s livestream of the Board meetings is available on the District’s website.
During the meetings, the district will follow applicable health and safety mitigation measures as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Governor’s office. Such measures will include social distancing and appropriate face coverings. Individuals wishing to speak at a Board meeting may do so during Courtesy of the Floor to Visitors on agenda items only or during Citizens’ Inquiries or Comments consistent with Policy 903.
Individuals unable to attend in person may submit comments via the link below to be read at the meeting by Mr. David Bonenberger, Board Secretary. Comments should be sent to Public Comment Request Form by 12:00 noon the day of the meeting. Mr. Bonenberger shall read the comment for up to three minutes. The full comment shall be reflected in the minutes.
For agenda items added during the meeting, the board will add such an item to the agenda but shall not take any action on an added item until at least fifteen minutes have passed to allow comments to be addressed to Mr. Bonenberger on the added item.
Committee meetings have also changed to in-person meetings. Facilities, Finance, and Academic and Personnel meetings begin at 5:00 pm in the Saucon Valley High School Audion. The capacity of the Audion is limited given COVID restrictions. The district will follow social distancing guidelines and all persons attending will be required to observe face covering protocols. The district will provide overflow rooms should the capacity of the Audion be surpassed. The meeting will be livestreamed to those classrooms. Individuals wishing to speak at a Committee meeting may do so during Courtesy of the Floor to Visitors on agenda items only or during Citizens’ Inquiries or Comments.____________________________
The Saucon Valley School Board is made up of nine Citizens elected to terms of four years each. Voting takes place at the regular Spring Primaries and November General Elections in odd number years. When vacancies occur unexpectedly, the school board may appoint a replacement to serve until the next general election. The district solicitor, secretary and treasurer are appointed by the Board. School Board members are volunteers and therefore are not paid for their services.
As with other legislative bodies (the Congress, the General Assembly, city councils, borough councils, etc.) there are no special qualifications required to be a school director. School directors are not expected to be, nor intended to be, educational specialists. Candidates for the position of school director must be eligible voters who are at least 18 years of age. They must also be a resident of their community at least one year prior to election or appointment.
- Providing a free public education for all school age children within the District
- Exercising leadership and drafting policies for the operation of local schools
- Authorizing curriculum development and revision as recommended by the Superintendent
- Determining educational standards and goals
- Authorizing the employment of teachers and other staff members upon the recommendation of the Superintendent
- Adopting an annual budget and approving expenditures
- Levying Taxes
- Fixing the length of the school term
Although individual Board members are available to listen to concerns, most often the teacher or administrator closest to the situation is the best person to address issues. The District has established the following procedures for the public to follow when looking for answers to concerns.
If a problem or question concerns your child or your child's teacher, first contact the teacher. Next, contact their school principal or assistant principal.
If your concerns deal with a specific function of the District, then call the District Office at 610-838-7001 and ask for the specific department (Transportation, Chapter I, Special Education, Curriculum, etc.).
When all contacts fail to give you the satisfactory answer, contact the Superintendent at 610-838-7001 or a School Board member.
No person should orally initiate personal charges or complaints against individual employees at a public meeting of the Board. Any charges, complaints or challenges should be presented to the Superintendent or Superintendent's Secretary or Board's Secretary in writing and signed by the complainant. Generally, any charges presented to the board at an open meeting will be referred to the Superintendent for investigation.