It’s that time of the year when school districts across the commonwealth start fine tuning their budgets for the next school year.
At the Salisbury Township School District operations committee meeting Dec. 6, Board Secretary Robert Bruchak said he is looking at a “status quo budget,” without any additions or reductions to any of the programs in the district.
The difficulty in the 2018-2019 budget is similar to those of prior years – how to fill the gap between expenses and revenue.
Parents of students in the district addressed the board at the Dec. 6 meeting to voice their concerns about the new school lunch program.
“At first the food was good and we had no complaints; of late we have some issues,” Robin Daw said, whose daughter is in the fifth grade at Harry S Truman Elementary School.
“My daughter has the 12:35 p.m. lunch, and that day she had gone to the nurse’s office.” Daw said she had been with her daughter in the nurse’s office and went to the cafeteria with her.
Salisbury High School Principal Heather Morningstar and English teacher Joseph Pacitti introduced the Student Internship Program to members of the curriculum and technology committee at its Dec. 6 meeting.
Morningstar said she and Pacitti had been working diligently on creating an internship program for senior students at Salisbury High School.
The Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors held its reorganization at the administration building Dec. 6.
Prior to hearing nominations for president and vice president, the board recognized Audrey Frick, Joseph Gnall, Mary Ziegler and George Gatanis for being re-elected to the board.
Director Susan Lea was voted as temporary board president while the board heard nominations for the position of president.
Gatanis nominated incumbent Frank Frankenfield, Gnall seconded the nomination and Frankenfield was unanimously approved as president.
During the Oct. 11 Salisbury Township School District board meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Lynn Fuini-Hetten said, at the start of the school year the faculty and staff throughout the district were asked to “use their superpowers to help to realize Salisbury’s mission.”
Superpowers can range from talents in problem solving, to creative endeavors, from collaboration with others to abounding energy and many other distinctions in between. All Salisbury staff members are eligible for the award.
Members of the Salisbury Township School Board heard the latest in Falcon news at the Oct. 11 board meeting.
Student representatives Taliah Martinez and Vivian Rogers spoke on behalf of the students at Salisbury High School.
They said SHS celebrated Homecoming week with a pep rally, Homecoming parade and football game Oct. 13 and a Homecoming dance Oct. 14.
SHS will present “Almost Maine,” a romantic comedy 7 p.m. Nov. 9 to 11 and 3 p.m. Nov. 12.
Students at Salisbury Township School District have joined the “Kindness Rocks” initiative.
The project was initially developed by Megan Murphy, of Cape Cod, Mass., as a way to spread kindness and inspiration through the happenstance of finding one of the hidden rocks along one’s journey.
During the Oct. 11 Salisbury Township School District meeting, student representatives spoke about their enjoyment of making and finding the rocks.
According to student representative Carlee Ziegenfus, the project is a “reminder of how the kids should be nice to one another.”
Faculty and administrators discussed the success of the summer programs held throughout the district and changes to the curriculum which are being evaluated by staff, during the curriculum and technology committee meeting held Sept. 25.
“We didn’t get many students in attendance for the library program,” Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Lynn Fuini-Hetten said.
“I don’t think children are attending libraries at all very much anymore,” Director Audrey Frick said.
The Sept. 6 Salisbury Township School Board operations meeting began with a walking tour of Harry S Truman Elementary School, led by Facilities Director William Brackett. Members of the school board got a glimpse of the improvements made at the school over the summer months, which included new fencing around the back of the school, new flooring in the main office and carpeting in the library.
Following the tour, Director of Child Nutrition/District Chef Dustin Seymour gave the board an update on SFE’s launch in the district.
With the impending new food service management team coming to the Salisbury School District at the beginning of the school year, Southwest Foodservice Excellence Chef Dustin Seymour attended the Aug. 7 operations meeting to speak to members of the board and address any concerns.