Guest Posts

Applications for Head Start Preschool Program – 2015-16

by Randy Ziegenfuss on May 17, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 11.40.15 AMDid you know that Salisbury Township School District, in partnership with Community Services for Children, offers a preschool Head Start program for qualified families with children ages 3 and 4? The program is a high-quality school readiness program, meeting daily for 4.5 hrs. Lunch and breakfast are provided! The program is run at no-cost to participating families.

Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in the program at Harry S Truman Elementary School. The 2015-16 program will begin September 8, 2015. Families can apply online at Items needed for application: child’s birth certificate, proof of address (must reside in Salisbury Township School District) and proof of income.

For more information, call at 610-437-6000 x. 2354.

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Public School Funding – Salisbury Township School District

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on May 2, 2015

On Wednesday, April 22, Board President Russ Giordano represented Salisbury on a panel of local school officials discussing public school funding. See the slideshow below and enlightening notes about the various slides.

 Slide 3: Key Financial Data

Because of our aid ratio, Salisbury has had the lowest possible index since the advent of Act 1. For example, in 2015-16, our index is 1.9%.

Aid ratio represents the relative wealth in relation to the state average for each pupil in the school district. Aid ratio is used to determine our Act 1 index and PlanCon reimbursement rates. The lower the number the “wealthier” the district. At an aid ratio of 37.49%, Salisbury is the 3rd wealthiest school district in the Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley Health Network pays Salisbury Township School District $134,000 in lieu of taxes. If it were a fully taxable entity, Salisbury would receive $4.6 million in tax revenue from LVHN.

Slide 4: 2014-15 Revenues

The revenue percentages have consistently hovered around the same breakdown for the past 5 years.

Slide 7: Programmatic Advances

  • Teaching and Learning 2020 –   – started in 2012 as Teaching and Learning 2014 (
  • RtII – at the elementary level
  • Media Studies series – Media Messages, Media Management, Media studies
  • English Electives – Classical Mythology; Creative Writing
  • Social Studies Electives – Rebels, Robbers, Rogues; Ancient and Classical Empires
  • Computer Science – Data Base; Game Programming
  • Online Learning – developing courses to be used in online and blended learning environments

Slide 8: Mandate – Transportation

Salisbury is required to transport private, parochial and charter students up to 10 miles from borders of Salisbury Township School District.

Slide 10: Mandate – PSERS

Important to note that these increases in the district share of PSERS are due the state/General Assembly underfunding its portion of retirement over the past decade.

Slide 11: Mandate – Special Education

Total impact of the unfunded/underfunded mandates – $9.8 million – about 28% of the proposed final budget for 2015-16. This is a portion of the budget that the district and school board has no control over and are required to fund.

Cinco de Mayo

May 15, 2014

On May 5, Mrs. Alden’s Spanish I class at Salisbury Middle School celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Two of Mrs. Alden’s students, Jacob Zettlemoyer and Soleil Ducusin have contributed to this post. Jacob Zettlemoyer: On Monday, May 5th, 2014, students of Sra. Alden’s Español 1 class celebrated the renowned festival known as “Cinco de Mayo.” Preparations […]

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Substance Abuse Awareness

March 9, 2014

This post, written by Katie Griffith, was submitted by Katrina Sparozic, SAP Liaison for the Center for Humanistic Change, to promote awareness in parents of current issues in substance abuse. If you have questions about this topic or other topics related to student substance abuse, reach out to your school principal or Student Assistance Program […]

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National School Nurse Day – May 8

May 8, 2013

Today, May 8, is National School Nurse Day! Thank a school nurse today for the care they demonstrate for each of Salisbury’s students. This post was submitted by our certified school nurses (CSN): Mrs. Loretta Becker, Mrs. Christine Tripp, and Mrs. Carla Tallarida. Want to share your appreciation for a school nurse? Leave a comment […]

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IT PAYS to Ask!

April 9, 2013

This article was submitted by Denise Continenza, the local Communities That  Care (CTC) Coordinator. You can contact Denise at Between November and February, students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 participated in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, or PAYS.  This questionnaire is part of a systematic and strategic effort to find out from the […]

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