A need or a want? That was the question ringing around the room during the Salisbury Township School Board operations committee meeting Sept. 4.
A decision for new stadium lights at the high school was on the table at the meeting. The budget has been tight in regard to facilities and decisions need to be made on projects that may have greater consequences if ignored or not budgeted for.
The Salisbury Township School District School Board opened its first meeting of the school year Aug. 14 with the introduction of their new instructors. In attendance were Andrew Makhoul, sixth grade learning support; Andrew Heath, eighth grade learning support; John Leiderman, elementary music teacher; Lauren Bieber, kindergarten through second grade learning support and Nancy Thomas, a middle school health and physical education teacher.
Salisbury Township School District Director of Facilities, Safety and Security Bill Bracket began the operations committee meeting Aug. 7 by covering the projects the district has planned for next summer. This list of projects has varied for the past few months in price and scope of work.
From his report, here is how the projects break down.
The Salisbury Township School District board held its final meeting for the 2018-2019 school year June 12. The board’s next meeting will be held Aug. 14 for the start of the next school year. A July meeting will be scheduled if needed.
Salisbury Athletic Director Monica Deeb began by reading a very thoughtful retirement certification for Dr. Michele Jones, the school’s physician of 26 years.
Monica Deeb, Salisbury’s athletic director, accompanied by Salisbury’s Speech and Debate Coach Michael Barna began the June 3 operations and technology committee meeting with an announcement about the amazing work of the Salisbury High School Speech and Debate Team. The debate team was recognized for its best season ever.
Coached by Salisbury High School Social Studies Chair Barna, the team captured a 30-2 regular season record and an 8-0 playoff record. The team captured all three gold medals in the playoffs.
Special Education teacher Michael Vacaro began the May 20 curriculum and technology meeting with a presentation outlining the achievements and progress the work-based learning program has made during the school year. There are approximately 180 students in the program and the district partners with 165 local businesses throughout Lehigh and Carbon counties to help match students with appropriate employment.
The Salisbury Township School District board of directors meeting began May 8 with several student representatives from each level of the school system giving a rundown of the happenings within their schools.
Dehlaney Santiago, a student at Harry S Truman Elementary School, said third through fifth graders completed Pennsylvania System of School Assessment testing.
The Salisbury Township School District operations committee met May 6 to discuss the various expenses and costs the district will be experiencing in the upcoming year. There were a variety of topics addressed, mainly pertaining to the district’s budget and upcoming projects in the spring and summer months.
The proposed final budget for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year has been approved and includes a total of $37,760,132.44 of proposed expenditures and revenues (with approved exceptions) of $37,743,869. There is a $16,262.98 deficit.
The district’s budget revenue changes include an increase ACCESS Funds Draw-down by $100,000. The taxable assessed value increased $2,121,400 since Nov. 14, 2018.
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman began his statewide listening tour with one goal in mind.
“It’s really about accumulating story after story of people across Pennsylvania as the justification for legalizing (marijuana) or for not … Lehigh Country is as important as Philadelphia, is as important as Juniata, as important as Erie and we’re going everywhere.”