Women host school superintendent

Vice president Meredith McIntosh welcomed members and guests to the Oct. 7 meeting and luncheon of the Warren Woman’s Club.

Program chairman Sioux Cole introduced Dr. William Clark, superintendent of the Warren County School District, who gave members information about his educational and personal background, including his background of experiences as a vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the St Marys School District and superintendent of schools in the Milton, Pa., School District, Northumberland County.

Dr. Clark is originally from Emporium and was the recipient of a good, small town education. He is married with three children, two of whom are students in the Warren County Schools.

Superintendent Clark’s entry plan for the district involves interviewing professional and support staff, asking, what do we do well, what can we do better, and considering our strengths and weaknesses where do we go from here?

Clark’s philosophy consists of getting out from behind the desk, riding the buses and talking with parents and interested community groups, such as Woman’s Club to ascertain what the public would like to see implemented in Warren County schools.

One of the questions asked of Clark concerned the Common Core standards adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. According to the website on Common Core, “the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

Another question asked of Clark was, what are public school performance profiles? Performance profiles represent how a school building performs on a number of different indicators that include standardized test results, academic growth and other measures such as attendance rates and graduation rates.

Vice president McIntosh thanked Clark and hostesses Mary Conarro and Bette Gerardi for the beautiful table decorations and for arranging lunch.

Announcements included a reminder about the upcoming holiday event “What’s New For the Holidays” on Nov. 16.

The Warren Woman’s Club always welcomes new members. For more information call Warren Woman’s Club at 723-5910.

The club’s next luncheon and program will be Oct. 21 and will be presented by Tom Smoulder who will talk about hybrid lilies.