QCSD, Qespa agree on recruitment, retention plan

The Quakertown Community School District and Quakertown Educational Support Personnel Association (QESPA) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a recruitment and retention plan that includes pay increases in affected categories, changes to longevity pay, recruitment bonuses and restructuring the number of hours for some positions.

The Quakertown Community School Board unanimously approved the agreement at its November 11th meeting. QESPA’s membership, which includes approximately 225 full- and part-time employees, including secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance staff and aides, voted in favor of the plan on November 22nd.

Click here for the Memorandum of Understanding.

Click here for the press release.


National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students

Two Quakertown Community High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional academic promise.

Avinash Paul qualified as a semifinalist in the prestigious program for 2022 while Avadar Brownlee achieved the status of a Commended Student.

Click here for a story about Avinash.

Click here for a story about Avadar.


Free COVID-19 testing

The Bucks County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing for:

  • Bucks County school employees and contractors.
  • Bucks County children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

This free testing opportunity is not for individuals required to provide proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Per the Bucks County Health Department, individuals required to produce proof of a negative test in lieu of vaccination will need to secure other testing arrangements.

Click here for the flyer which contains all the necessary links, addresses, and expectations.  Please note that appointments are required and can be scheduled by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link provided.   No walk-ins are accepted.

CVS and Rite Aid do testing as well, and appointments can be made via their websites.

Click here to find other COVID-19 testing locations.



ESSER Funding


Approximately $5.6 million of funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal grant program has been allocated to the Quakertown Community School District.

School districts are required to meet several specifications to receive this funding. The first is that they follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance with their Health And Safety Plan. Another is to receive public input and feedback from stakeholders.

The essence of QCSD's ESSER Funding Plan is focused on the myriad of academic, social-emotional, and mental health issues that resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The federal dollars are one-time money and must be targeted at those needs.

Please take the time to review the Plan here and provide your feedback to Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner and the School Board at board@qcsd.org.
 


BACK-TO-BACK YEARS OF NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

For two consecutive years, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quakertown Community School Board has not raised property taxes. 


When Directors approved the 2021-22 final budget on June 10th, the $118.9 million financial plan maintained the millage rate of 168.83. The budget includes the use of $1.2 million from the reserve fund.


Click here for a copy of the 2021-22 budget.


Special Section: Commencement 2021


Panther in Q with Title IX writing above Q
 

 On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education amended the regulations implementing the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. To ensure that no student, employee or third party participating in or attempting to participate in an education activity or program is discriminated against based on sex, the Quakertown Community School District has updated its Title IX procedures. Click here for information.

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