At the Nov. 12 operations committee meeting for the Salisbury Township School District, members heard a presentation from Scott Shearer, of Public Financial Management, Inc., on the refinancing of a 2008 bond. The committee gave Shearer permission to move forward with the refinance which will save the district $157,000 in the 2013-2014 school year and $45,000 in 2015. The full financial team will be present at the Dec. 5 regular school board meeting to discuss the refinance.
Salisbury High School held their National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Nov. 15 welcoming eight new members from the Class of 2013 and 28 new members from the Class of 2014.
The newest members from the Class of 2013 include Kambria Carlson, Jason Carne, Colin Cressman, Meaghan Enos, Connor Harrison, Sue Bin Lee, Jeremy Labossiere and Augusta Mery.
With students missing four days thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the school calendar has been revised to make-up the days. Superintendent Michael Q. Roth said at the regular school board meeting Nov. 14 he did not forsee the Pennsylvania Department of Education excusing the days; therefore, the changes to the calendar.
Feb. 15, 2013 has been changed from a day off for students and staff to a Professional Development Day.
March 27, 2013 has been changed from a Professional Development Day to a student day. Students will report to school that day.
Republican Justin Simmons faced a challenge from Democrat Kevin Deely in the election for state representative in the 131st district Nov. 6 a race which has still not been called.
According to Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration, as of Nov. 9, votes including machine, absentee and provisional ballots showed Simmons with 12,972 votes and Deely with 12,971 votes. Canvassing of military and overseass ballots begins 9 a.m. Nov. 14.
In Northampton County, results show Simmons with 1,282 votes and Deely with 852 votes.
Salisbury High School Principal Heather Morningstar and Assistant Principal Bill Dovico attended the Nov. 12 curriculum and technology committee meeting to request the elimination of midterm and final examinations for high school students.
Salisbury is the first in the Lehigh Valley to propose eliminating these tests.
The rationale behind the request was the continued testing required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
All votes will be certified within the next few weeks.
There is music in the air at Salisbury High School as the finishing touches are being made to the production of "Little Shop of Horrors" which will be performed this weekend 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11.
This popular comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman is about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh in a poor distressed neighborhood. The production has music from the early 1960s, rock and roll, doowop and Motown.
Middle school and high school students, teachers and parents attended the kickoff for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival Oct. 11 organized by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Sponsors include The Press, PenTeleData, Service Electric and Clark Media.
Students are given 96 hours to develop, produce and deliver a six minute horror film on DVD to Emmaus High School.
Although most students are from the Lehigh Valley, there have been teams as far away as Oregon.
At the Oct. 10 school board meeting, the following personnel changes were announced and approved.
Shawn Borger has resigned as part-time nurse assistant at Harry S Truman Elementary School and Western Salisbury Elementary School effective Sept. 26.
Michael Dorward has resigned as the freshman class co-advisor and the high school student council co-advisor effective Sept. 18 and has been transferred to Salisbury Middle School as a full-time guidance counselor effective Oct. 4.
Handlers, their K-9 partners and spectators gathered Sept. 23 at Salisbury High School, for the 2012 Police K-9 Trials hosted by the Salisbury Township Police Department.
The day was dedicated to the memory of Berks County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly, who was shot and killed in the line of duty June 29, 2011 in Albany Township; Officer Brad Fox, K-9 handler killed Sept. 13 in the line of duty in Plymouth Township; and Robert Lasso, killed Aug. 11, 2011 in the line of duty in Freemansburg.