SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Robert Bruchak, in his report as secretary of the board given Sept. 19, said as of Aug. 31, 81 percent of the tax bills have been paid in full. He said there has been a 13 percent increase in installment usage.
Bruchak said he has not received the Act 1 index for the 2013-2014 school year from PDE yet; their deadline was Sept. 1.
Funds returned back to Salisbury from the NIZ project amounted to $8,044.82 for the quarter. Had the project continued with township contributions, the board said the district would have lost over $32,000 with potentially more as residents obtained jobs in the area of the arena.
Six students are in the eLearn 21 school in Salisbury with a savings of $62,000 per year to the district.
Four new student representatives to the school board have been chosen for this school year: Junior Ian Carey; Junior Luke Chassard; Senior Meagan Greenberg; and Junior Samantha Heiseran. Carey and Chassard attended the school board meeting to provide a comprehensive report.
A celebration breakfast will be held for seniors next month to celebrate their efforts in the high school making adequate yearly progress.
The fall play, "Little Shop of Horrors," directed by William Erwin, will be held Nov. 9 through 11.
The students included updates on the fall sports teams and the clubs which have begun meeting.
Salisbury High School has been designated as a No Place for Hate School due to the students' efforts last year in developing videos against bullying.
The students discussed with the board the process of taking Keystone tests this year, a requirement by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Salisbury Youth Association was approved to use the Salisbury High School lot and stadium 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 for home football games.
Skyhawks Lacrosse has been approved to use the Salisbury Middle School parking lot and grounds 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28 and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11 for practices and a tournament. Skyhawks Lacrosse will also use the grounds 5 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11 and 25 and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 for practice. There is a per day charge for the use of the facilities.
Gonzo Lacrosse was approved to use the SMS parking lot and grounds 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 for a tournament. There is a per day charge for the use of the facilities.
PROSPER was approved to use the cafeteria, gymnasium and three classrooms at Harry S Truman Elementary School 5 to 8 p.m. every Sunday beginning Sept. 30 through Nov. 11 for a strengthening families program.
In personnel news, Brenda Boyle, HST instructional assistant has resigned effective Aug. 26; Roger McFillin, guidance counselor at SMS has resigned effective Oct. 1; Ernest Gestl, rifle coach, has resigned effective Aug. 22; and Shellie Chavez, part-time cafeteria worker at SMS has resigned effective Aug. 14.
Adrienne Lombo has been approved as a two hour a day cafeteria worker at SMS; Betty Engle has been transferred as a part-time cafeteria worker at SHS to part-time evening custodian at SMS; Shawn Judd has been transferred from a part-time evening custodian at SHS to a full-time evening custodian at HST; Stephen Vezpremi has been hired as a part-time evening custodian at SHS; Darien Conrad has been hired as a part-time evening custodian at SHS; and Aaron Yetter has been hired as a long-term substitute art teacher at SHS.
Kristen Zellner, teacher at HST has been granted an FMLA leave effective tentatively Nov. 10 for 60 days. Acting Superintendent Dr. Louise Beauchemin's contract has been extended from Oct. 1 to 12.
A Memorandum of Understanding between STSD and the Salisbury Educational Support Personnel Association regarding part-time employees has been approved.
Michael Martrich has been approved as the high school newspaper advisor for the 2012-2013 school year.
Katherine Rossetti and Vicky Bohning have been approved as Key Club advisors for the 2012-2013 school year.
Michael Sickonic has been approved as the junior varsity baseball coach for the school year.
James Hersh has been approved as the assistant swimming coach pending completion of requirements.
Peter Sikalias and Charles Matz have been approved, pending completion of requirements as the stage crew directors for the 2012-2013 school year.
Edward Nesfeder has been approved as a volunteer assistant wresting coach.
Devin Newhard has been approved, pending completion of requirements as a volunteer assistant football coach.
Norma Cusick provided a report on the Allentown Public Library; software updates are being made to all reference computers, children and adult programs have begun as well as an adult winter reading club and the library will be closed Sept. 29 to accommodate the City of Allentown's 250th Anniversary parade and community festival. The library will also be closed Oct. 20 in observance of the memorial service and post-service gathering to honor the long-term library director, Kathryn Stephanoff. Winter hours have begun at the library: 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Beauchemin congratulated students as the entire district met AYP for the year. Beauchemin also said she has received many positive comments from teachers, students and parents about starting school before Labor Day.
Salisbury Lehigh Career and Technical Institute students were commended for their scores in the National Occupational Competency Tests; out of the 28 Salisbury students who took the test, 21 tested advanced and seven were proficient.
Parent Kathleen Baugher asked the board to look into the sports insurance coverage provided for student athletes. She said the coverage is provided for services one year from the date of the injury. Bruchak is looking into options.