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.
After what Salisbury Township School Board President Frank Frankenfield referred to as a “long process,” board members voted unanimously 8-0 to approve Southwest Foodservice Excellence as the food service management for the district at the July 10 meeting.
Arizona-based SFE partners with school districts with a focus on feeding students nutritional meals derived from chef- based recipes. Salisbury will be its inaugural school district in Pennsylvania.
As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the Salisbury Township School District faculty discussed some of their successes and challenges during the year with members of the school board at the curriculum and technology meeting held May 22.
From the elementary to the high school, the district focused on various methods and information garnered from a pool of stakeholders including students, parents, administrators and teachers to expand a student’s knowledge, beliefs and skill set to promote a successful graduate at the end of the 13-year scholastic journey.
“This is a great time to go to market,” Wes Hall with Public Financial Management Group said, when he addressed the school board during the operations meeting May 1.
The Salisbury Township School Board is examining refinancing two existing bonds; 2012A and 2012B, with outstanding principal balances of $5.3 million and $4.2 million respectively.
Hall said though the market had been volatile, rates have rebounded and “interest rates are at the lowest point for rates since the election.”
Student representatives from the elementary, middle and high schools in the Salisbury Township School District reported Pennsylvania System of School Assessment testing began in early April and will continue for the next several weeks. Keystone testing for high school students will begin in May.
During the April 19 board meeting, students from the elementary and middle schools said the first round of the PSSA testing challenged their knowledge in English language arts.
Salisbury Middle School Principal Ken Parliman addressed members of the school board during the operations committee meeting April 3 at the administration building.
Parliman said two years ago, SMS entered a pilot program creating a new purpose for two rooms at the school, as well as new furniture for the spaces.
Since the inception of the pilot, Rooms 102 and 104 at the school have been used as flexible learning space for the students and professional development for the faculty. Using the Google calendar, faculty can reserve the space for their use.
As the Salisbury Township School District reviews how to eliminate waste in the budget, expenses for transportation services came under scrutiny during the operations committee meeting April 3.
“Transportation is something we have been criticized by the state for; we are spending too much per student,” Board Secretary Robert Bruchak said.
The board members discussed following the state guidelines which directs that students within a specific perimeter of the school would walk to school rather than ride a bus.