PA Association of School Personnel Administrators

 

One Opinion: Editorial: PA needs to fix the way it pays for its public schools. The Legislature passed, and the Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed, a 2014-14 state budget that invests about $10.5 billion in state funding for prekindergarten to 12th grade education. However, the state's primary support for education is still distributed according to the whim of the Legislature, leaving each school district wondering annually if it will receive more, less or the same amount of state support as the previous year. Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 21, 2014  Full story
 
Project seeks to better understand the characteristics of trust that build successful school district/stakeholder group relationships. What creates trust? Is it the same from district to district, or do differences exist based on location, socioeconomic status, size of the district or other factors? The Trust Project hopes to gather data on this topic in the coming weeks. It is a cooperative study of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Patron Insight, Inc. School leaders across the nation are asked to participate in this 10-minute, online survey by going to The Trust Project.  Responses are confidential.

 
Welcome to a-board! Our new board members have taken office and already, they are meeting and working to design another great year of professional development with workshops, webinars and of course, our annual conference. Jim Summerville, Director of HR at Westmoreland IU is now President; Todd Stitzel, Director of HR at Radnor SD is our President Elect; Wendi Foltz Kraft, Avon Grove SD, remains on the board to provide guidance as Past President; and we welcome Marlena Buterbaugh, HR Director at Franklin Regional School District as Secretary.  Beth Leiss, Spring-Ford Area School District, last year's Past-President is leaving the board after four years of service to PASPA!  Beth will be missed and we are grateful for her leadership.
 
Why good Principals are hard to find and keep.  For starters, it's a grind of a job. Long hours with huge responsibilities that often aren't matched with commensurate authority. And the pay is so-so.  Read more in the findings of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute...

 
99 E-Tools To Help You Get It Done

Ah! Summer! Time to take a deep breath and relax a little. But we know most members end one school year only to begin work on the next. Here’s a resource to build your skills and make the most of the weeks ahead. The website Daily Muse put together 99 websites that will add value to your life and your career. And, to save you time, they’ve grouped the 99 sites under these categories: Organize Your Work, Streamline Your Life, Learn New Skills, Expand Your Brain, Foster Your Creativity, Manage Your Career, Manage Your Money, Achieve Work-Life Balance, Get Your News, and Get Distracted. Check them all out here. (Thanks to the Nat'l. School Public Relations Assoc. www.nspra.org)

 
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  • EPASPA, PDA Update: Certification, Credentials, TIMS & more. May 2014.
  • EPASPA, "What's Your Site - The Use of Social Media in Employment"
  • Employee Leaves: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (WPASPA webinar, January 2014)
  • 2014 Conference presentations
  • 2013 Conference presentations

H.R. questions answered with PASPA consultant John Knebl. This is available to members only.  John will respond to questions and concerns during business hours, Mon.-Fri., Log in to find John's contact information in the Member Bonus section, or contact Jim Antis in the PASPA office.
A Human Resources Office Audit Service is available, for a fee, to member and non-member schools, based on individual need and the extent of services requested.  For more information, contact the PASPA office

Announcements

  • Renew your membership, July 1-June 30, 2015
     
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    • Hempfield S.D., Math Dept., K-12 Supervisor
    • Hempfield S.D., Reading Dept., K-12 Supervisor
    • Allegheny I.U., Chief Financial Officer
    • Tredyffrin/Easttown S.D., Superintendent
    • Allegheny I.U., Suprv., Speech/Language 
    • Hazleton Area S. D., Dir., Career & Technical Education
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    Job Postings are a Member Benefit for administrative positions and not for teaching or support staff positions. Email your posting to the PASPA office as you want it to appear with the application deadline. Those without a deadline date will be posted for two weeks. Let us know if you wish to extend the posting. Thanks!
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  • PASPA contacts - Jim Antis, director@paspa.org ; Judi Boren, webmaster@paspa.org
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