Members of the Salisbury Township School Board formally approved the district final 2018-2019 general fund operating budget reflecting total expenditures in the amount of $37,727,206 requiring a total real estate tax levy of 18.8955 mills at its June 13 meeting.
Millage for the district will increase from 18.4527 to 18.8955.
Director George Gatanis asked for a roll-call vote, with Gatanis giving a vote of no and Board Vice President Samuel DeFrank absent.
During a special meeting of the board held prior to the operations meeting June 4, members of the Salisbury Township School Board approved the resignation of Business Administrator Robert Bruchak effective July 1.
Also approved during the special meeting was the action of employment for Daniel Reichenbach to serve as the head coach of the girls basketball team for the 2018-2019 season effective June 5.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL BOARD A school resource officer may be assigned to Salisbury Middle School
The Salisbury Middle School may be the home to a new school resource officer in the fall.
School Board Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss opened the May 7 Salisbury Township School Board operations meeting by speaking about discussions between the school and the township regarding a new resource officer at the middle school.
“The township has agreed to fund a new resource officer by 50 percent.”
The remaining cost for the officer has already been built into the 2018-2019 school year budget.
At the April 18 Salisbury Township School District school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss congratulated student representative Maisie Oliver for her achievements in the Pennsylvania All-Around Gymnastic Championship.
“For the second year in a row, Maisie is the Pennsylvania All-Around Champion in gymnastics,” Ziegenfuss said.
The close relationship between the Salisbury Township School District, Salisbury Township and the Salisbury Township Police Department dates back to the 1995 when the township witnessed its first triple murder carried out by two brothers who attended Salisbury High School.
Chief Allen W. Stiles addressed members of the operations committee during the April 9 meeting and recalled that pivotal time in the district.
The Salisbury Township School Board recognized teacher Rachel Legath and Salisbury High School Assistant Principal Brian Muschlitz at the March 14 meeting for their achievements in winning the Visionary Award presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals for their monthly televised “What’s SAPpening” broadcast. The videos are broadcast on RCN channel 68 and concern Student Assistance Program topics that relate to the Salisbury community of residents, teachers and students.
A team of organizers, counselors, individuals in recovery and a candidate for senate shared their history, stories of success and sobering but hopeful statistics during the Allentown leg of “Breaking the Cycle: Communities Against Addiction” held Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St.
Elizabethtown Pennsylvania’s Blueprints for Addiction Recovery Incorporated launched a series of 15 town hall meetings inviting communities across the commonwealth to join the discussion about the opioid addiction epidemic.
The first item on the agenda at the Feb. 5 Salisbury Township School District operations committee meeting was the resolution against Senate Bill 2 concerning a voucher program for underperforming school districts.
Though Salisbury is a high performing district falling in the top 10 percentile nationwide, according to Director George Gatanis, and would not be affected by the passing of the bill, the committee questioned what doors would open next that could be impactful.
Salisbury Township School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss noted January is School Board Recognition Month at the Jan. 17 meeting.
“We recognize the important commitment of your time and talents to this board in helping us move our organization forward. We would not be what we are without you,” Ziegenfuss said.
Ziegenfuss noted there will be a more formal recognition by the students and staff during the curriculum and technology meeting Jan. 29 at Harry S Truman Elementary School.
Board President Frank Frankenfield thanked Ziegenfuss for the recognition.
The Salisbury Township School District operations meeting held Jan. 17 began with an overview and debate over the necessity for the varsity softball dugouts.
“We are coming in right where we expected, in the $65,000 range for the girls varsity dugouts,” Director of Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds William Brackett said. The new dugouts will be comparable to the varsity boys dugouts and be constructed of cinder block and include sideline safety fencing and a new backdrop.