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.
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.