A reorganization meeting of the Salisbury Township School Board was held Dec. 7 at the district’s administration building. After the Pledge of Allegiance, members of the Salisbury School Board took roll call and noted School Board Vice President Samuel DeFrank was not in attendance.
Members of the Salisbury Township School Board held a regular board meeting Dec. 7.
After approval of the minutes from the November operations and regular board meetings, the board took motions to approve payments for expenditures for the general fund of $606,148.89, $25,962.13 for the athletic department, $134,602.40 for capital improvements and $3,039.80 for the laptop account. The board approved payments for the expenditures; however, citing a conflict of interest, Director George Gatanis abstained from voting on the payment for capital improvements.
Salisbury High School is proposing advanced placement courses in the field of technology. Sherry Wetherhold, a former programmer at Lucent/Agere and chair of the business and computer departments at SHS presented the proposal at the Dec. 7 curriculum and technology meeting.
According to Wetherhold, students at the school are requesting supplemental courses to the existing courses. The field of computer science is growing rapidly and there is a “need for students to get into the field,” Wetherhold said.
At the Oct. 31 Salisbury Township School District curriculum meeting, principals and assistant principals from each school in the district presented the board with the results of PSSA and Keystone tests.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments are given to students in grades three through eight and Keystone testing is given to high school students. Both tests take a snapshot view of how students perform in fields of math, English and science skills – the latter beginning in fourth grade.
Salisbury has examined their scores and formulated detailed plans for improvement.
At the Oct. 31 curriculum and technology committee meeting for Salisbury School District held at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, board members learned the district recently investigated various alternatives to the existing electives in the arts department.
Rachel Reinecke, chair of the visual and performing arts department said after the art teachers examined four options, studied other school districts and made comparisons with regard to relevance and presented the options to the students through a survey of eighth through 12th grades, two electives have been chosen.
During a special meeting of the Salisbury School Board held Oct. 31, board members made a motion and then voted to approve Joseph D. Gnall as the replacement for former board member Dr. Christopher Spedaliere who vacated the seat Oct. 19, after serving since 2013.
Gnall, a township resident who has two children in the district and a spouse who is an alum of Salisbury High School stated he looked forward to the opportunity to serve on the board and thanked the members for their consideration in appointing him.
Gnall will serve out the remainder of Spedaliere’s term.
An eye opening event was held Oct. 11 at Salisbury High School as the school hosted the fourth town meeting to discuss the epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction.
State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, along with representatives from the offices of Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Services and District Attorney, the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, the leader of a Lehigh Valley Parent Group, presented an overview of the problem and fielded questions from attendees.
Like many schools across the country, the Salisbury Township School District is taking proactive measures to make schools in the district safer for students, educators and staff.
During the Oct. 3 operations meeting, committee members discussed various objectives and opportunities to meet that goal.
The future looks bright at the Salisbury School District as student representatives reported on their experiences during the first week of school and the upcoming events scheduled for September to the members of the board during the Sept. 14 meeting.
Harry S Truman Elementary School student representative Reagan Treskot and Western Salisbury Elementary School student representative Mikayla Seidel led the school board and meeting attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Salisbury Township School District Business Administrator Robert Bruchak reported at the Sept. 14 meeting, the township has collected $19.7 million of real estate tax revenue for the current tax year which is $1.1 million ahead of the taxes collected during the initial payment period in 2015.
The flat tax, not taking into consideration early or late payments is $23.5 million, and the current amount due for outstanding real estate taxes are $3.7 million.