The Salisbury Township School District examined changing the company who monitors their security systems including the fire, burglar and exterior door access, from Stanley Sonitrol to Simplex, according to Director of Facilities William Brackett during the operations committee meeting April 3. The original quote from Simplex was $150,000, Brackett said; however, after working with corporate headquarters the price has been reduced to $135,000.
Salisbury School District was recognized in a recent news article as one of the top 40 places in the Lehigh Valley to work.
According to Board President Frank Frankenfield at the March 27 school board meeting, all of the district’s employees were involved in the survey and answered all of the questions in every category.
“This is certainly a great celebration; we are so proud of the staff,” Frankenfield said, and “We are always looking for ways to make things better.”
Western Salisbury Elementary School hosted the curriculum and technology meeting March 27.
The gallery was filled with students and their parents waiting to view projects made by the fifth grade students with the help of their teachers. The designs were constructed using a new concept called “design thinking” using logic, imagination and reasoning.
The Salisbury Township School Board held a special meeting Feb. 6 to vote on a resolution pertaining to Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, which proposes eliminating property taxes that fund school districts.
SB 76 has been in discussion for decades and was brought to the General Assembly in 2014 by Senator David Argall, R-29th. The controversial bill would have school districts rely on funding from the state, generated primarily by an increase in personal income tax and sales taxes.
The bill was two votes shy of being passed when presented by Argall.
In May 2016, the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed House Bill 1552 to make a fair funding formula part of the Pennsylvania School Code. The fair funding formula analyzes data to determine how much money is needed per district to provide an appropriate education for their students.
The Education Funding Commission was formed to study funding disparities from one district to another and determine how to create equality between the most underfunded and overfunded districts.
Prior to the opening of the Salisbury Township School Board curriculum and technology meeting Jan. 30 at Harry S Truman Elementary School, students passed out salads with a homemade honey and mustard dressing and water to the attendees as part of a wellness initiative they learned from the Kellyn Foundation.
The Kellyn Foundation focuses on wellness and healthy eating and started the “Eat Real Foods” and “The Classroom as a Garden” programs at HST in 2016.
During the Jan. 18 Salisbury Township School District board meeting at the administration building, students and faculty recognized and thanked school board members for their efforts.
Prior to the start of the meeting, student Dana Thompson and principal Grace Hartman from Western Salisbury Elementary School placed large construction paper flowers with petals of appreciation, created by the students at the school, at each board member’s seat.
During the Salisbury School Board meeting Jan. 18, board members discussed and took a vote on the “Colin Geoffrey Ottinger Memorial Scholastic Soccer Award” and the necessary criteria to be met by the student who is the recipient of the funds.
Colin G. Ottinger, a 2006 graduate of Salisbury High School, member of National Honor Society and summa cum laude graduate of the Class of 2011 at Ursinus College, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, while a student at Salisbury Middle School.
At the Jan. 9 Salisbury Township School District Operations Committee meeting, members of the committee discussed the preliminary recommendations for the 2017-2018 budget.
It is that time of the year when school boards determine how much money they have, how much they will need and how to bridge the gap between the two for the next year’s school budget.
During the Dec. 7 operations meeting, Salisbury School Board Secretary Robert Bruchak presented an overview of the 2017-2018 budget.
The budget is “status-quo” according to Bruchak, reflecting no changes to faculty, curriculum or capital projects. Capital projects will be priority driven.