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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry B. Adams
Objectives – August 8, 2019 ~ To examine the role of the receiver and implications for the Harrisburg School District ~ To review the role of the receiver in relationship to the advisory committee ~ To receive an update on the status of the Recovery Plan
June 13 Meeting • Discussed key elements of Mass Insight Report • Report designed to identify opportunities to improve performance by providing recommendations geared to promote organizational effectiveness and efficiency
Mass Insight Diagnostic Report • Vision, strategy, and culture • Organizational clarity and collaboration • Focus on Instruction • School management • Central services and operations • Finance • Talent management • Stakeholder engagement and communications • Data • Focus on equity
Receivership and the Harrisburg School District ~ The secretary of education petitioned the court of common pleas due to failures: - to fully implement the recovery plan - to comply with directives - to satisfy the the objectives stated in the financial recovery plan
Receivership • Role of the receiver • Assume all powers and duties of the chief recovery officer, and the school board of directors with the exception to levy and raise taxes • Implement the recovery plan • Direct employees and appointed officials of the school district to take actions that are necessary to implement the recovery plan or reframe from actions that may impede the implementation of the plan • Modify the recovery plan as necessary to restore financial stability • Submit quarterly reports to the court of common pleas and secretary of education
Receivership • Resolution – June 27, 2019 • 1. Established Recovery Plan Partnership Agreement with Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU)23 • 2. Eliminated specific positions due to the management functions of the MCIU • 3. Approved a tentative new organization structure • 4. Approved amended legal fee agreement
Receivership • Recovery Plan Service Partnership • Establish, implement, and validate a system of internal financial controls • Ensure all financial data is properly recorded • Amend the 2019-2020 budget as needed; prepare future budgets • Administer all human resources functions • Conduct a search for a superintendent • Create and begin to implement an academic plan • Provide training to elected School Board • Other tasks as assigned by Receiver
Receivership • Pennsylvania Department of Education Audit (Wessel and Company) • Address findings and recommendations
Receivership • Role of Receiver and Advisory Board • Maintain focus on Recovery Plan • Meet monthly • Receive and review quarterly reports submitted to the court of common pleas
Status of Amended Recovery Plan • Academic Performance • Operational Best Practices (New) • Financial Management
Action Items and Next Steps • Next Meeting – September 12, 2019