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    Dr. Mumin began work with RSD on July 14. The board voted 9-0 on June 9 to hire him as acting superintendent.

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Pathway to Excellence

 

 
Welcome to the Reading School District!
 

 

The District proudly serves the diverse communities of the City of Reading, the fifth largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

 

Approximately 2,000 dedicated staff members serve the educational needs of more than 17,600 students. Enrollment levels are as follows: high school - 3,395; intermediate high school - 2,464; middle schools - 2,640; and elementary schools - 9,149.
 

Learning takes place in 19 different school buildings throughout the District, including 13 elementary schools (grades Pre-K–5), four middle schools (grades 6–7), one intermediate high school (grades 8–9), and one high school (10–12).

 

Each day, in every District building and in every District classroom, a vibrant learning community is striving for the success of every single student. Our mission is to transform student potential into reality. We invite your participation in and support of this most worthy goal. 

 

 
Message from Reading School District Superintendent
 
Please watch this important message from Superintendent Khalid Mumin, who discusses the Sept. 30 incident in which a middle school student was allegedly robbed for his sneakers while walking to school. Through law enforcement, we have learned that the story was fabricated. 

Student safety is our priority, and as a result of that initial story, we confiscated two knives today from middle school students who expressed concerns that they would also be robbed for their sneakers. The knives were recovered during a school search by district security, and a one-call message was sent to parents of that specific middle school to alert them.

We are now asking all district parents and community members to please remind students to not bring weapons into school. It is against school policy and the law. 

Message from Reading School District Board of School Directors

On September 24, 2014, in a 8-0 vote, the School Board denied the Revised Charter School Application submitted by the applicant for the Dr. Theodore Villafana School of Scientific Discoveries Charter School.  The School Board’s denial was supported by a 47-page Adjudication, which identified in detail all of the factual and legal reasons why the revised application was deficient.  Here is a summary of some of the reasons for the denial:

  • The applicant did not file a timely revised application in order to open for the 2014-15 school year.

  • The applicant did not meet its burden of establishing sustainable community support for the charter school plan, as that concept has been defined in the law.

  • The actions and representations of the applicant indicated that those behind the proposed school were not familiar with requirements of the Public School Code and other applicable laws pertaining to such basic things as: the length of a school year in Pennsylvania; the required number of instructional days and hours; the separation of authority among a charter school’s board of trustees, its administration and its management company; who can legally and ethically serve on the board of trustees of a public charter school; and how and under what circumstances public meetings of a charter school can be held.

  • The applicant failed to provide a curriculum and instructional program that was reflective of the mission and vision of the proposed school, or that fulfilled the requirements of Pennsylvania law.

  • The applicant failed to provide required documents pursuant to the Charter School Law, such as filed Articles of Incorporation with the Department of State and a management contract between the charter school and the proposed management company, Rend Enterprises. 

  • The applicant did not establish that it had considered fundamental budgeting issues or that it would have the necessary funds to operate.

 

More detailed information supporting the denial can be found in the Adjudication. Click here to read the Adjudication.

 

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