SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
At the Jan. 23 school board meeting, Salisbury High School student representatives provided a report on activities at the school for the school board members and provided each a gift, thanking them for their service to the students and the community.
January is school director recognition month and each member was also provided a certificate from Superintendent Michael Roth, acknowledging their volunteer service.
According to the Pennsylvania School Board Association, there are 4,500 school directors who serve 500 districts in Pennsylvania. There are nine directors on each board. All board members are volunteers and are not paid. They are elected to four year terms.
The theme this year is "Serving every child, every day."
Student representatives said the debate team is currently first in the league and doing well, the Scholastic Scrimmage team has a meet Feb. 2 in Phillipsburg, N.J., FBLA has three students going to Hershey and the student government association held a staff appreciation event prior to the break December 2012. The students also said the school had an active shooter drill this week which went well.
Keystone testing was completed and the results will be received by mid-March.
School board member Mary Ziegler thanked the students for their concise and organized reports each month and for their preparation before each meeting.
School board members asked the students how they feel about practicing the safety drills and about the overall security of the school.
"Students feel it reassuring with Officer Nothstein there and know he is willing to defend us if necessary," Chassard said.
Secretary of the Board Robert Bruchak reported the refinancing of the 2008 bond was completed last week with a better savings than expected. A total of $599,152 will be realized over the next two years due to Salisbury's strong AA rating.
Model U.N. was approved for an overnight educational trip to John Hopkins Feb. 7 to 10 for a competition.
Board members approved a resolution designating millage rates for Salisbury Township School District of 16.5076 following a county-wide reassessment of real estate values.
"Lehigh County reassessment requires we set a new millage rate based on 100 percent of assessed value rather than 50 percent," Roth explained. The millage rate currently is 48.754; as this is revenue neutral, residents should not see a change unless there was a change in their assessed value.
In personnel news, Laurey Sperring, part-time instructional assistant at Salisbury Middle School began work Dec. 17, 2012.
Robert Benson was approved as the spring tennis coach.
Kara Bellis was approved as a long-term substitute teacher for Meghan Ott at SMS for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.
Michael Vecellio was approved as the commencement speaker coach for the 2012-2013 school year.
Rachel Reinecke was approved as the jazz band director for the 2012-2013 school term.
The board approved the one-time addition of a second spring musical director for the 2012-2013 school term, Lucille Kincaid, of Easton, pending completion of requirements.
Christopher Rapp was approved as a volunteer assistant middle school girls basketball coach.
Steve Wagner was approved as a volunteer assistant varsity baseball coach.
Robert Sopko was approved as a volunteer assistant varsity baseball coach.
John Wagner was approved as a volunteer assistant varsity softball coach.
Michael Garrigan was approved as a volunteer assistant varsity softball coach.
During the superintendent's report, Roth thanked everyone for the smooth administration of the Keystone tests. He specifically thanked the transportation department for accommodating the 2-hour delays for non-testing students and Guidance Counselor Mike Anderson acting as test facilitator. He also thanked the technology department as the tests were taken solely online, saying "the infrastructure was able to handle what was needed."
Roth said student feedback showed students liked taking the literature and biology tests online but there was a mixed reaction to the algebra online tests with some students saying they would have preferred taking those tests on paper. Roth said the only other school district who took the all tests online was Catasauqua School District.
Norma Cusick provided a report to board members regarding the Allentown Public Library. The adult winter reading program continues through March 1 with prizes donated by The Literacy Center and various businesses and organizations. Plans are being made for the Summer Reading Club 2013 Dig into Reading.