Officials of the Homer Center School District last night aired their concerns about the state's PSSA testing requirements and the test results, with an emphasis on the possibility that Homer-Center will not make Adequate Yearly Progress targets at the end of this school year. The comments started with union president Lisa Adams discussing a culture of over-testing and underfunding. Board members expressed their support of the teachers and concern about underfunding, some blaming politicians who they say, in the characterization of Board Vice President Gerald Bertig, show "disrespect, disinterest, and disdain" for public education.
In other business, the board honored Patricia Zimmer, who was recently recognized as the Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the 2013-2014 Indiana County Technology Center’s $5.5 million budget. Homer-Center’s share will be $305,000.
The board also accepted with regret the retirement of high school math teacher Anita Smith.