Salisbury Township School District board members approved the 2017-2018 preliminary budget at the Feb. 8 meeting.
The budget reflects expenditures in the amount of $37,551,951 which would require a real estate tax levy of 19.2714 mills. The administration was directed to apply for all referendum exceptions for which the district may qualify and to begin to look for ways to cut expenditures to lessen a tax increase for residents.
Students from all four schools provided an update to the board of past and upcoming activities.
Members of the 2017 Lehigh County Band performed a concert at Salisbury High School Feb. 4.
The concert was presented by the Lehigh County Bandmasters Association.
There are 11 schools in the Lehigh County Band: Allentown Central Catholic High School, Catasauqua High School, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Emmaus High School, Northern Lehigh High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School, Parkland High School, Salisbury High School, Southern Lehigh High School, Whitehall High School and William Allen High School.
Representatives from Salisbury, Panther Valley, Parkland, Bethlehem and Nazareth Area school districts, along with circuit riders for the Pennsylvania Campaign for Fair Education Funding met Feb. 1 at the Salisbury Township Administration Building to talk about the impact of Senate Bill 76 on school districts.
The goal of Senate Bill 76, according to state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29th, is to eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth and replace those taxes with a combination of funding from personal income tax and sales and use tax.
Throughout the month of February, Salisbury Middle School students and staff will participate in “Pennies for Patients” to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
During an assembly Jan. 26, students learned more about the disease from Terri Dressler, outreach assistant at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the Lehigh Valley.
Dressler said very three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Through demonstrations and a presentation, students learned both children and adults are battling blood cancer and research is needed to find a cure.
Approximately 200 people from various citizens groups gathered at Senator Pat Toomey’s Allentown office, 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Jan. 24 to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
Members of “Tuesdays with Toomey” gather at Toomey’s office each week to voice concerns and “urge the senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents.”
Other groups attending the rally were citizens from Indivisible, MoveOn.org and Kutztown Area Democratic Club.
Members of the ladies auxiliary of Salisbury Fire Company #1, 1226 Marlow St., made several trips through the doors of the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St., Allentown, Jan. 11 to deliver bags of donated pet necessities.
The donations were the result of a Christmas tree placed in the fire company filled with cut-outs of old Christmas cards with needed items for the humane society. Blank envelopes were also on the tree for monetary donations.
In an inspirational ceremony, five former Salisbury students were honored for their accomplishments in the annual Alumni Wall of Honor Induction held Nov. 19 at Salisbury High School.
Honored were Matthew Haldeman M.D., Class of 2003; Katherine Hilgert, Class of 1989; Alissa Burkholder Murphy, Class of 2001; Kevin Strauss M.D., Class of 1986 and Russell Zullick III, Class of 1978.
The Salisbury Township Recreation Advisory Committee met Nov. 21 for its regular bimonthly meeting.
Only Recreation Advisory Committee Members Chair Mark Wilson and Francis J. McCullough were in attendance; members Vice Chair Frank Adamcik, Secretary Patrick Jacoby and Antonella DiMatteo were not able to attend.
Recreation Director Genny Baillie was also in attendance.
In committee reports, McCullough noted the “no bike” signs have yet to be installed at Lindberg Park.
Student representatives from each school attended the Nov. 16 Salisbury Township School District board meeting to update members on the student activities.
Harry S Truman Elementary School student Bailee Neitz reported on recent activities and said the PTO Holiday Shop will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 for students to shop for gifts for their families. On Dec. 8, third grade students will take a field trip to Symphony Hall to see “The Nutcracker.”
In a moving Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at Harry S Truman Elementary School, students provided a tribute to those who have served our country.
Student lighthouse team leaders had key roles in the program.
Guests were greeted by students Brooke Bleam, Sydney Foulke, Emilia Ortiz, Taylor Wagner and Raegan Treskot.
Masters of Ceremonies were Anthony To and Mason Dickert.
The technology coordinator was Breydan Guri.
Program distributors were Tatiayanna Valera, Andrew Nemeh, Zachary O’Steen and Serenity Wakefield.