January 2015

logoWith the election of Tom Wolf last fall, the electorate has made a statement that public education must be a focus in the new legislative session beginning January 21st.

There is an effort among PA advocates for public education and The Campaign for Fair Education Funding to kick off this legislative session right and make sure the phones in the Capitol are ringing off the hook on January 21st with calls from voters throughout the commonwealth!

I encourage you to join thousands of Pennsylvanians as we take 5-10 minutes on January 21st to call our new governor and our legislators to send a message that Harrisburg’s top priority this year must be implementing a fair and adequate education funding formula for our public schools that provides all children with an opportunity to learn.

Here’s who to contact:

Tom Wolf – (717) 787-2500

Senator Lisa M. Boscola – (610) 868-8667

Representative Justin J. Simmons – (610) 282-3901

Representative Daniel T. McNeill – (610) 266-1273

Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie – (610) 965-9933

If you live outside of Salisbury Township and wish to contact your Senator and Representative, you can locate the contact information on the PA Legislature’s website.

Call the Governor as well as our Senators and Representatives and, in your own words, explain why Pennsylvania needs a fair and adequate funding formula that provides every student with an opportunity to learn. (Feel free to use the talking points below). Let them know you plan to follow the issues concerning public education.

Talking Points:

  • Enact an adequate and equitable funding formula that provides every student with the opportunity to learn, to meet state standards, and to be self-sufficient adults, ready for college and the workforce. This formula should take into account student factors such as number of students who live in poverty, who are English language learners, and who are homeless. It should also take into account district factors such as the sparsity/size of the district, local tax effort, local wealth, and the number of students attending charter schools. A formula must be based on real factors and the real costs of delivering services.
  • The legislature must identify adequate, predictable, reliable resources to meet the Constitutional requirement to “provide a thorough and efficient system of public education” to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.

Message from the Superintendent, Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D.

by Randy Ziegenfuss on January 14, 2015

RandyPennI am very excited to be the new Superintendent in the Salisbury Township School District. Having been a member of the administrative team in various capacities for the past nine years, I know we have an excellent team of teachers, leaders and support staff who work hard to provide the best opportunities for the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and well-being of our students on a daily basis. The partnership we have with our families and our school board is key to our success. Salisbury would not be such a great school district without the collaboration of all these stakeholders.

While I have worked here in Salisbury for quite some time, there may be community members who do not know me. Allow me to share a bit of my professional background. I started in Salisbury as the Director of Data and Technology, moving on to Assistant Superintendent and now Superintendent. Prior to working in Salisbury, I was employed in the East Penn School District as a music teacher and then as an Instructional Technology Specialist. I earned a B.Mus. degree from Moravian College, a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. I am curious and passionate about learning and all things concerning education. In addition to presenting locally and nationally, I share what I learn (and learn from others) regularly on Twitter and my blog.

I’m excited about the possibilities and opportunities for this district, the future of our students, public education and learning in the 21st century. I look forward to working with the staff, students, parents and community to navigate our rapidly changing world in our quest to provide the best of possibilities for every one of our students and this community. In the coming months, as part of an entry plan, I will be meeting with teachers, students, parents, administrators and community leaders and members to help develop a vision for the future of Salisbury Township School District. Watch this space for more information and how you can get involved!

I’ve recently heard from several parents and staff members that Salisbury is a “hidden gem.” There is much outstanding work going on in our schools academically, artistically and athletically. We will share our accomplishments and the many opportunities our students have to learn with the larger Salisbury community. To start, I’ll be posting regularly on this blog, SalisburySD.US. and on TL2020.org, the blog for our Teaching and Learning 2020 initiative. Please subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the space on the right. By doing so, you’ll receive notification when new information is posted. Other social media tools to follow include:

I encourage our community to stay involved and engage with us through these digital tools according to our social media guidelines. I am looking forward to working with everyone as we build the future of Salisbury and our mission, Salisbury…Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow…Together!

Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D.