The month of January is designated as School Board Recognition Month. And on Jan. 28, John Kopicki, superintendent of the Central Bucks School District, recognized and reflected on the contributions of the board of school directors.
Kopicki praised the nine-member board.
“Our school board directors are steadfast supporters of our continued pursuit of excellence. fully invested in the success of this district because they know that the prosperity of the communities that make up the Central Bucks School District is inextricably tied to the success of the 18,000-plus students who pass through our doors and don caps and gowns each June.”
Before presenting each board member with the certificate of appreciation, Kopicki said, “They listen, they advocate, they ask thoughtful questions, and they hold us accountable. ... They do all of this because they care about the children of this community,” he said.
“I am proud to call them my colleagues and I am honored to work with each one of them,” he added.
Public schools in Pennsylvania are governed by locally elected volunteers who contribute time and expertise through a personal commitment to students, schools, and the communities they serve.
The unpaid positions require hundreds of hours attending meetings, taking phone calls, and making a commitment to research and study the issues they will be asked to vote upon. School board directors are asked to consider resources, capital projects, the hiring of faculty and staff, and a budget that funds the organization among other matters.
In other news, District Athletic Director Danielle Turner provided an updatd on student athletics during her presentation to the board.
Turner’s report included participation numbers for high school and middle school sports across the district and an overall update on Central Bucks athletics and the fall sports season. (The total number of students participating in a sport at the high school level is 22 percent and 24 percent at the middle school level.)
• Three CBSD teams, CB East field hockey and CB West girls’ golf and tennis, each won conference championships.
• CB West’s boys’ soccer team was the runner-up in the PIAA state championship.
• The middle school intramural volleyball program had an extremely successful launch in the fall of 2019, and the district plans to continue and possibly expand the program.
• Unified Sports, which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, were an amazing addition to Central Bucks’ programming. This year, each high school will offer unified track and field, while CB East will offer bocce in addition.
• The Nike/BSN partnership has resulted in $73,000 in revenue to partially offset athletic costs, and all schools launched new athletic websites in the fall in an effort to improve communication with families and the wider community.
• The NFHS network launch was well received. CBSD initiated live subscription-based streaming of football, soccer, field hockey and volleyball in September, with plans to stream wrestling and basketball this winter.