Parkland School Board recently approved the budgets of its educational partners along with the designation of the district’s obligation to each one.
The 2018-19 budget of Lehigh Carbon Community College increases from $48.8 million in 2017 to $51.7 million in the new term.
LCCC’s budget is divided into two components — operating budget and debt service/capital budget.
Based upon enrollment, Parkland’s share of the LCCC operating budget for 2018-19 is $780,106, a $60,755 increase over the previous term.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented a list of 2018-19 staffing requests to the Parkland School Board during the March 20 meeting.
Troutman reported the district needs 10.5 new professional positions, three new support personnel, and three school activities advisors.
“We have tremendous enrollment growth,” Troutman said. “Some of these look to the future for the new school in 2020-21. They are positions we can use now, and they’ll take the pressure off of us when the new school opens so we don’t have so many all at once.”
Total bids for the proposed elementary school in Upper Macungie Township came in at $35,867,507, 2.4 percent higher than expected.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the amount at the school board’s March 27 meeting.
“On the whole, many came in very well but there were some surprises,” Sniscak said.
The building cost of $22,210,237 at $241 per square foot was lower than the anticipated $255 per square foot.
Bids for earthwork and landscaping, however, at $4,689,061 were $1.26 million higher than design estimates.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will host its annual bazaar with theme baskets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures and theme baskets.
Drawing for the baskets begins at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets in advance, or for more information, call Marie at 610-799-3483.
The annual spring flea market will be at the Schnecksville Grange, Route 873, near True Value, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
Vendors will be set up with household items, toys, collectibles, and more.
The kitchen will be open.
The origin of the fire which destroyed the Parkland School District garage and the 16 buses inside on Feb. 23 remains undetermined.
Director of School Services David Keppel, told The Press, local and state fire inspectors, the insurance carrier and officials from Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene the afternoon of the incident and gave a report to the district.
“They ruled out arson,” Keppel said. “It was an accidental fire.”
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman also commented on the matter.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the 2017-18 district calendar had to be adjusted to provide make-up days for school time lost since Feb. 20.
Although the first five snow days were built into the calendar, Sniscak said during the March 20 meeting, the day lost for the bus garage fire and storms since then required the district to make changes to the spring vacation.
In order to have the state required 180 days for students, Thursday and Monday of spring break become class time, and Friday, June 15 was added to the school term.
When the Parkland School Board convened Feb. 20, several days after the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the tragedy and reported on district security measures.
“We are here with a heavy heart and mind after that horrific incident,” Sniscak said.
“Parkland School District and this board have placed school safety as a priority for many years and will continue to improve as we learn from such tragic situations as the one in Parkland, Fla.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner from 4-7 p.m. March 10.
Menu includes salad and breadsticks, chicken Marsala, baked ziti, white vegetable ziti, pasta with Alfredo, sausage or marinara sauce, cake, and beverages. Proceeds benefit church youth.
Tickets will be available at the door but a discount is given if purchased in advance from the church office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Call 610-767-6884 for more information.
Parkland School Board President David Kennedy started the Feb. 27 meeting with expressions of gratitude to the organizations and individuals who provided assistance during the garage and bus fire five days earlier.
“I want to sincerely thank the seven fire departments, Cetronia Ambulance, South Whitehall police, and Parkland personnel,” Kennedy said. “Our garage mechanics removed 14 buses parked next to the garage and saved them.
“The American Red Cross showed up with coffee and food for the workers.
When two attempts to gain approval for construction of a new building were turned down by voters, Parkland Community Library staff and board members looked for ways to increase space in the existing location.
Director Debbie Jack commented on the matter to The Press.
“Where we are now is where we are staying,” Jack said. “At this point, we’re stuck here.”