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A message from Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.



February 11, 2019



We continued last week to make progress on the reorganization of our administrative staff. When we complete this transformation and its many steps, we will have shifted approximately $900,000 in personnel spending from central office operations to school sites. This transition will result in more resources being available to our students and teachers on a daily basis.


Last Thursday, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Tiffany Stropko to become our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction to begin next school year. A panel including three Principals, one member of the Senior Leadership Team, and myself reached a clear consensus that Mrs. Stropko was the best choice to recommend to the Board.


Mrs. Stropko is a proud graduate of Valley Forge High School where, most notably, she artistically twirled the baton as a Liberty Bell. Mrs. Stropko has spent her entire career with our district, first teaching Family and Consumer Science at Normandy. More recently, she has served as the Principal of Hillside Middle School, Principal of Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and is currently the Assistant Director of Human Resources. We are extremely excited to welcome Mrs. Stropko into this new role and are very confident she will help us continue to improve.


In addition to the appointment of Mrs. Stropko, our Board also approved the job description for the leader of the Parma Alternative Secondary School (PASS), a program that will return from next school year. PASS will provide another option to assist students who need alternatives to the traditional school setting as they work toward graduation from our district.


PASS will feature a large component of online learning to allow students to gain course credits without having to navigate the hurdles that are sometimes inherent to full-day attendance at a comprehensive high school. The addition of PASS is also part of our administrative reorganization and, thus, requires no additional spending from our general fund.


We will continue to use this forum to provide updates as we more strategically allocate the precious resources that our communities provide.


Have a great week,