Salisbury Township School District has changed the way they contact parents and guardians by contracting with SchoolMessenger Notification System.
At the Sept. 19 school board meeting, it was announced SchoolMessenger has replaced SchoolReach.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss said the new company will provide better service and the district saved $1,000 by contracting with SchoolMessenger.
This system will provide communication to parents and staff members regarding school closings/delays, school emergencies, attendance and general activities.
In the old days, students would walk home from school to have their lunch and return to school for afternoon classes.
Not so now, as students are offered a variety of choices each day and Food Services Coordinator Denise Steiger is responsible for making sure the meals meet federal guidelines and are tasty enough for the students to eat.
The Salisbury school board members heard an update from Director of Maintenance/Buildings and Grounds William Brackett on the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program at their meeting Aug. 8.
The concept of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act is the cost savings from energy saved on an annual basis are enough to cover the costs incurred to install the energy savings equipment.
At the April 2 operations meeting, the school board members heard proposals from three Energy Services Companies who showed the district how they could save energy costs.
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.