For Salisbury students and staff, the end of the 2011-2012 school year was especially difficult.
Students mourned the death of a former teacher from cancer, an elementary school teacher's daughter from cancer and the sudden death of the school superintendent who had bonded with many during his short time in the district.
Beginning the healing process, students said their goodbyes June 11 for summer jobs, camps, colleges and family vacations.
None expected to hear the news of the passing June 25 of Salisbury High School Librarian and Key Club Advisor Michele Honochick.
In a special meeting Aug. 8, the Salisbury school board members approved a number of personnel changes, none of which included the hiring of a new superintendent.
Acting Superintendent Louise Beauchemin said interviews began last week for the superintendent position.
Gary Bast, custodian at Harry S Truman Elementary School, has resigned due to retirement effective Sept. 1.
Theodore Steinbrecher, music teacher at HST and Western Salisbury Elementary School has also resigned due to retirement effective July 18.
John Reynard, of Emmaus, has been chosen by the Lehigh County Democratic Committee as the candidate to face Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, in the November election.
Berks County is expected to approve Reynard in a poll vote and the state party's executive committee is expected to make a decision this week to secure Reynard's place on the ballot in November.
Reynard sat down with The Press Aug. 6 to discuss his background, qualifications and goals for the 134th district.