A special Salisbury Township School District board meeting was held Aug. 6 to approve two new hires to the district.
Directors Joseph Gnall, Mary Ziegler and Susan Lea did not attend the meeting.
Kelly Pauling was approved as the 12-month director of teaching and learning. Pauling replaces Ross Cooper who resigned Dec. 22, 2017, as supervisor of instructional practice for the district. Pauling has been working in the district as a part-time interim supervisor of instruction practice since Jan. 24.
Members of the Salisbury Township School District operations committee met Aug. 6 to discuss a number of items including the softball field dugout bids.
Director of Facilities, Safety and Security William Brackett told the committee bids were received and all bids were double the budgeted amount for the project of $75,000.
Many clubs, foundations and organizations support the Salisbury Township School District, all comprised of many volunteers.
“The Salisbury Township School District recognizes the purpose of such organizations is to assist and support, but not to direct or supplant the existing activity of the district,” according to Board Policy 6A2.
All organizations must be board approved.
For residents new to the school district and/or for those who wish to volunteer, there are recent requirements for volunteering in the school buildings.
Board Policy 6A.1 states the district, “recognizes that the talent, skills and experience of community members help enrich student educational and non-curricular activities.”
The policy, updated in August 2016, details the steps necessary for volunteers to work with children in the district.
The Salisbury Recreation Advisory Committee met July 16 for an update on parks and activities in the township. The committee meets every two months.
Director Kim Ringhoffer provided a report on the planned Community Day in conjunction with the police department’s National Night Out scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7.
Seniors 65 and older who reside in Salisbury Township have a new benefit of reaching the golden age.
Salisbury seniors can receive a card from the school district for free admission to home sporting events and the fall and spring plays.
The pass will admit the senior and a guest to the events. There are some exceptions, which include events not sponsored by the school district.
These cards have no expiration date and can be obtained by calling Mary Bishop at 610-797-2062, extension 1000.
At the request of Beth Prokesch, seventh grade English teacher and Salisbury Middle School English Department liaison, Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Marcks visited students in seventh grade as part of the curriculum of career choices.
Prokesch met Marcks in 2015 while serving on jury duty. Marcks was the lead attorney on the case and Prokesch was very impressed with her.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held “The Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.
In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.
At a recent school board meeting, the Salisbury Township School District set the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.
School will begin for teachers only, no students, Aug. 21.
Orientation for students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades will be held Aug. 27.
The first day of school for all students is Aug. 28. School will be in session Aug. 28, 29 and 30 and closed Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 for the Labor Day holiday. School will resume Sept. 4.
On the last day of school, Harry S Truman Elementary School students attended an awards assembly which is always an exciting event. Students are surprised when their names are called to receive awards.
The following students received awards at the assembly:
Presidential Physical Fitness Awards
Fourth Grade: Giana Cerco
Fifth Grade: Nathan Staack
Keepers of the Light
Kindergarten: Madeline Moyer, Ethan Smalley, Lynsey Pierre, Renee Genovese, Logan Holland and Dylan Surendranauth