At the April 1 operations committee meeting, Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary Michael Taylor presented an update on the 2019-2020 preliminary budget.
The proposed final budget is $38,195,999. Revenues are expected to be $36,915,675.
With no tax increase, the school district is looking at a budget deficit of $1,280,324.28.
With the Act 1 Index tax increase of $76.66 on a home assessed at $176,400, the budget deficit would be $730,876.05.
Jessica Schwartz, program director, Lehigh Valley Blessings in a Backpack, gave a presentation to the operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District April 1 at the administration building.
The program, started in 2015, educates and empowers individuals and businesses to volunteer to help fight childhood hunger.
Blessings in a Backpack services over 100 students in the Lehigh Valley; 59 of those students attend Harry S Truman Elementary School.
The issue regarding the district calendar debated at the Salisbury Township School District curriculum meeting March 25 is whether the students should come back to school Jan. 2, 2020 which is a Thursday or have the students report back to school Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Board members continued the discussion with Director George Gatanis asking the educators their opinions.
The operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District met March 4 for an update to the preliminary 2019-2020 budget.
Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary Michael Taylor updated the board on the preliminary budget with the deadline for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to rule on school district requests for exceptions March 27.
The board will review an analysis of the five year forecast, proposed reductions, department/building budgets and staffing at the April 1 operations meeting which is open to the public.
Salisbury Theatre will present “Honk!” 7 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. March 17.
This heartwarming musical celebrates being different and is written to delight audiences of all ages.
According to Music Theatre International, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical, “Honk!” was first written in 1993 and has been performed over 8,000 times around the world in many different languages.
“Honk!” won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
Students at Salisbury Middle School are participating in Pennies for Patients, a service learning program which helps raise critical funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society throughout the month of February.
An assembly was held Feb. 1 where a representative from Pennies for Patients came to the school, presented the program and provided information about the society.
The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
As part of the reading curriculum for seventh grade students at Salisbury Middle School, the book “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls is a favorite. The story revolves around a 10-year-old boy from the Ozarks during the great depression and his two hunting hounds Old Dan and Little Ann. The story follows the boy’s trials and tribulations and the many emotions surrounding these dogs.
Retired Salisbury Township Police Department K-9 Fonzie died Feb. 2 after a short illness. He had been residing with his best friend, Officer Jason Laky and his family since retiring from a distinguished career in law enforcement.
Police Chief Allen Stiles said Fonzie was more than just a dog to the department.
“He lived like a warrior and died like a hero,” Stiles said.
The Salisbury Township K-9 Unit is in its 15th year of service.
In honor of Board of School Directors’ Recognition Month, the Salisbury Township School District Board Members were thanked at the Jan. 16 meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss thanked the board members for their service to the district.
Board members were also given gifts from students.
Board member Robert Kulp was not in attendance.
Western Salisbury Elementary School students Lukas Bruaw and Kamryn Kaough provided a report on school happenings as did Kayleigh Gasdik and Izabella Gonzalez from Harry S Truman Elementary School.
The operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District school board heard a presentation by D’Huy Engineering, Inc. at its Jan. 7 meeting.
The capital plan is a districtwide plan identifying facility infrastructure and system repairs required for upkeep, establishes priorities, reflects current conditions and acts as a working document for the district.
D’Huy said the first capital improvement plan was created in 2007 and has been updated yearly until 2011.