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Dr. Charles Koren
 
 

Reflecting on my time as Superintendent of Homer-Center School District, I realize that we have a unique and caring school community.  We treasure the sense of belonging of our school families.  We celebrate the success of our students.  We understand that we have to work diligently to ensure that we are truly finding ways to fulfill the potential of our students.  We recognize that the evaluation of data is necessary for our faculty to ensure they are focusing appropriately on the growth of all students.  Together, we can be proud of our actions and the direction of our students and schools.  The employees of Homer-Center acknowledge that education is a noble pursuit and are here to consistently address the necessary items to work toward the goal of a school district where we hope to make good things happen for others, our students.

 

We are very pleased with a recent project in which the school community banded together to help demolish an old playground and construct a new elementary playground a reality.  This was a true partnership among faculty, students, community, leadership of Homer City Borough and Center Township and the Board of School Directors.  Together, what was to be a multi-year project became a single summer project and the students in our community benefit from the cooperative nature of that work.

 

We recently conducted surveys with our students and faculty to gain additional information through the use of Bright Bytes and the School Climate instruments.  We are bolstered due to the data that shows a vast majority of our student households have connectivity and the majority of our students feel safe here in the buildings.  We will constantly continue to attempt to provide the safest environment for students and employees that we can while operating under our fiscal parameters.

 

We are proud of our school facilities.  We realize that they are reflective of the respect that our community has toward the central identifying organization of the Borough and Township.  Recently renovated within the past two decades, they house good students who understand that educational growth is important for us as a healthy community and region.  Many comprehend that the Board and District must always remain the wise stewards of the limited fiscal resources and to keep the educational pursuits in the forefront.

We recognize the opportunities and we hope to move forward so that Homer-Center Schools may be an evident component in the recognition and composition of our alumni who are productive members of our American society.  Through commencement speakers and the Distinguished Alumni Recognition, we hope to share the story that solidifies our main idea of our Mission statement, Homer-Center, “where everybody is somebody”.

 

Charles Koren, Ed.D.,  has been the Superintendent since July, 2012.  He holds degrees from Juniata College, University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University.  He has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, principal, Director of Education, and Assistant Superintendent prior to joining the entire team at Homer-Center.  He is married and is proud of his three daughters, all residents of Pennsylvania.

 
 
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Dear Parents, Community, and Staff, 

The new security procedures are now in place and will become our new operational habit and we expect that all will follow accordingly for the process to assist in keeping our schools as safe as possible. Again I mention that we are fortunate that the Board of School Directors approved this new technology which increases security for our students and staff. The protection of our entire community, the students and staff, is something we prioritize at Homer-Center. So, while the learning curve for the new system may seem like an inconvenience at first, we also know everyone benefits from upgraded comprehensive security measures now in place and will be our new normal operating procedure. 

Here are highlights for school visitors regarding the changes:
  • Visitors must gain entry to the schools only at the main entrance of each school. All external doors are locked.
  • Visitors will be required to push the button and speak into the camera lens located on the device called an “aiphone”. The “aiphone” is located on the outside wall next to the main entry door. The “aiphone” is a system that will allow individuals within the school to talk to and see people outside of the school.
  • Visitors will be expected to state their name and the purpose of their visit to the school’s office personnel via the “aiphone”. Authorization to enter may be granted by the school office personnel.
  • Visitor access to the main hallways of the school building will be limited.
  • All visitors, once permitted access to the office, will remain secure and locked in the office area until further access is granted, if needed.
 
If you have any questions regarding this procedural change for access to the schools, feel free to contact this office. Again, thank you to all for your anticipated cooperation in this process.

Respectfully,

Dr. Koren, Superintendent