Q. What do you see as your greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2016?
On Jan. 4, 2016, Joseph N. Hanna took the oath of office as Lehigh County Sheriff, following Sheriff Ronald Rossi who had held the office for 24 years and chose not to run for a seventh term.
Hanna, of Lower Macungie Township, was elected to a 4-year term and immediately surrounded himself with an experienced team of professionals committed to serving the residents and visitors to Lehigh County.
Salisbury Township Recreation Director Genny Baillie updated the recreation advisory committee on the Lindberg Park Master Plan progress at the March 19 meeting held at the township municipal building.
Baillie said meetings have been held during the last two weeks with the architect, Alloy5, to answer questions about the pavilion, bathrooms and locking systems.
Baillie said the consultant is expected to request bids for the week after Easter which will include the pavilion, restrooms, playground and pickle ball court.
The construction would be started in May or June.
The March 26 curriculum and technology committee meeting was held at Western Salisbury Elementary School and board members were given a presentation on the Leader in Me program’s engagement with families.
WSE Principal Dr. Grace Hartman said the school’s widely important goal for this school year was to increase family involvement in the Leader in Me program.
Hartman said she invited parents to attend the Leader in Me training, the Lighthouse team trained parents at the February PTA meeting and she encouraged families to create a mission goal statement.
Salisbury High School Theatre will present the musical comedy, “Once Upon A Mattress” 7 p.m. March 15, 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. March 18.
This musical will be familiar to those who know the story of “The Princess and The Pea;” however, in this show there is a spin which provides for some side-splitting shenanigans for an audience of all ages.
The book, by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, provides a few twists to the familiar fairy tale which will keep the audience in laughter. Music is by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer.
William Brackett, director of facilities, safety and security for the Salisbury Township School District and Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss provided an update on security measures within the school district at the March 5 operations meeting.
Two parents also attended the meeting to hear about the security measures in the district.
Business Administrator Robert Bruchak presented some changes made to the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at the March 5 operations meeting.
Although the update showed significant cuts to the preliminary budget, there is still a gap of $1,317,801.
Revenue changes since the preliminary budget was approved include an increase of $10,920 to basic education, an increase of $28,589 for special education, an increase of $12,500 for Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System reimbursement and an increase of $24,000 to fund existing instructional aides.
Several teachers of advanced placement courses at Salisbury High School were honored at the Feb. 21 curriculum and technology committee meeting. Honored were Joe Pacitti, AP Language and Composition; Katie Miller, AP US History; Michael Barna, AP World History; Susan Wilson, AP Biology, Carla Pacitti, AP Literature and Composition; John Wagner, AP Calculus and Sherry Wetherhold, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A.
At the Feb. 21 curriculum and technology committee meeting at Salisbury High School, Salisbury Middle School Principal Ken Parliman and teachers David Beyer and Joshua Ecker gave a presentation on a proposed curriculum for a select group of sixth grade students called Project Wonder.
Parliman said as the district has worked for the last two years gaining understanding related to and implementing approaches that the “Profile of a Graduate” and its associated learning beliefs, the middle school has worked on getting the kids curious about learning and giving them a choice.
For fifth grade students at Western Salisbury Elementary School, learning about blood and its importance came to life Feb. 8 as they organized and instituted a blood drive in the parking lot of the school as part of their science unit on body systems.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center brought the Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Memorial Bloodmobile to the parking lot of the school which brought additional meaning to the blood drive.