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Tod Kline
                         Greetings:

My name is Tod Kline, and as of May 4, 2015, I am on the job as the permanent superintendent of Susquehanna Township School District. I'm indebted to the work done before me by acting superintendents   Jeff   Miller  and
Rich Daubert, as well as previous administrations, but I have now assumed the helm. It is my goal with the support of students, staff, parents, township residents and community leaders, to move this district forward. 
 
I’ve known about this district since I was a kid growing up here in the midstate. Susquehanna Township School District had THE reputation for academic and athletic success. It is such a privilege after many life experiences as an educator-administrator to become part of that tradition. I arrive to the district having served as superintendent of Southern Huntingdon County School District, director of programs and facility development at Chambersburg Area School District and middle school principal at Chambersburg. I was also a high school assistant principal and the director of adult education/GED at Waynesboro Area School District and music teacher at Waynesboro.

You can count on me to put students first. It is incumbent upon me to be fiscally responsible. You can rest assured that I am a listener and want to hear what is on your mind. Please be confident that I want you to be actively engaged in all that we do in our schools. It is my vision to build a world-class institution where leadership, accountability and performance are evident in our students. I look forward to many celebrations as we work to bring greater success to our students and school district.
 
On June 15, the board of school directors approved my goals as superintendent. I’d like to share them with you here:

Educational Leadership – The superintendent works to determine program effectiveness, the attainment of annual and long-term goals, and ensures best practices for instruction and management.
 
Key Performance Indicators include:

  • Institute appropriate measures so that a minimum of 80 percent of third grade students read on grade level by June 30, 2018 as measured using the GRADE test
     
  • Improve School Performance Profile Score outcomes by June 30, 2018 as noted:

    • Increase Sara Lindemuth Elementary School score to 82
       
    • Increase Thomas Holtzman Elementary School score to 79
       
    • Increase Susquehanna Township Middle School score to 81
       
    • Increase Susquehanna Township High School score to 75

Organizational Leadership - The superintendent is able to manage effectively, utilizing a thorough understanding of the district’s budget and educational finance, appropriately allocates all resources, and effectively communicates/collaborates internally and externally with staff, school board and community-based stakeholders.

Key Performance Indicators include:

  • Marshal all available resources in the design and execution of school district initiatives that ensure the well-being and safety of the students with the implementation of a school-wide behavior model by June 30, 2016, and to evaluate and revise, with report to the Board, on an annual basis thereafter.
     
  • The superintendent shall engage the Board in the development of a balanced budget by October of each school year and culminates in the presentation of a final budget with planned expenditures for Administrative costs to be no more than a maximum amount with that amount to be mutually agreed by the superintendent and the board no later than December 31, 2015.

Governance & Board Relations - The superintendent works effectively with the board to monitor and create organizational policies and demonstrates appropriate leadership and governance of the school district.

Key Performance Indicators include:

  • By June 30, 2018, lead the Board to complete a review and update of all school policies to ensure that all information is current.
     
  • Administers and supports policies throughout the school district to include annual evaluation and revision of both student and teacher handbooks

Professionalism and Professional Qualities - The superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards that are consistent with the values of Pennsylvania’s public education system as well as that of the Susquehanna Township community. The superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon her/his effectiveness within the role and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.

Key Performance Indicators include:

  • Continues professional development through coursework and conference attendance through a plan developed and presented to the Board by June 30 of each year.

Personal and Inter-Personal Qualities
- The superintendent in conducting his duties and interacting with the stakeholders demonstrates work attitudes that reflect high levels of initiative, dependability and productivity
 
Key Performance Indicators include:
 
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for the work of others through the development of a staff recognition plan to be presented to the Board by June 30 of each year.
     
  • Establish a community business advisory committee, a parent advisory committee, and a teacher advisory committee prior to June 30, 2016, in order to assess the District for ongoing improvement. Develop recommendations for additional or revised advisory committees each year thereafter to be established by June 30 of each year.

*The superintendent will be evaluated on an annual basis using the Superintendent Evaluation Form which lists additional Key Performance Indicators
 
 
Sincerely,


TOD F. KLINE, Ed. D.

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