Parkland School board granted final approval to the $172.3 million, 2017-18 budget at the June 27 meeting.
Business Manager John Vignone commented on the process.
“We’ve been talking about this for 11 and a half months,” Vignone said. “We strategized and planned not only for next year but down the road.”
Superintendent Richard Sniscak also commented.
“We strive to provide our residents with an exceptional school system,” Sniscak said.
“This board and administration are highly sensitive to raising taxes and the impact on the community.
Looking to the new school term, the Parkland board has approved various major expenditures for services and purchases to benefit students, staff and buildings.
Salaries of the administrators who will continue to lead and guide Parkland in the next school year have been established.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak will receive $177,434; Assistant Superintendent Rodney Troutman, $158,135; Director of Business Administration John Vignone, $157,256; and Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith, $140,324.
Several Parkland High School athletic fields were damaged recently after a vehicle was driven over them following a heavy rain.
The grassy spaces were mutilated sometime between 8 p.m. June 23, and 8 a.m. the following day.
At the June 27 meeting, District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported the fields have ruts where the tires sank into the surface softened by the deluge.
He said the grounds will need topsoil and reseeding and must not be used until restoration has been accomplished.
The new franchise agreement between South Whitehall and Service Electric Cable TV includes a discount for senior citizens and veterans who qualify.
At a recent meeting, township Solicitor Christopher McLean explained the two entities started talking two years ago about renewal of the franchise.
He recalled at that time, a meeting was held to receive public comment, and the major request from residents was a senior discount.
Tim Himmelwright, communications and public affairs manager for the cable company, offered comment.
Upper Lehigh Lions Club will stage its annual Roar with the Lions Festival and Craft Fair this weekend in the Union United Church of Christ grove in Neffs.
The event gets underway July 28 when the food stands open 4 p.m.
Crazy Hearts will entertain 7-10 p.m. Refreshment stands will remain open all evening.
Breakfast will be available 8-11 a.m. on July 29. Food will be served the entire day and evening till 10 p.m.
Crafts in the Grove will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
After more than a year of scrutinizing township streets in search of parking spaces for oversize vehicles, commissioners have not been able to find anything suitable.
The issue arose quite some time ago when a township resident was having difficulty finding a place to park his truck without raising objections from neighbors or nearby businesses.
At the June 21 meeting, Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan commented on the matter.
“Our hope was to come up with some parking for oversize vehicles,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come up with much.”
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has set up a small pantry at its main entrance this spring as a way to reach out to people who need food and other basic supplies in an emergency.
Interim Pastor Mark Swanson commented on the pantry.
“This is something to sustain life until they can get something more substantial,” Swanson said.
Built by The Journeymen with help from some Eagle Scouts, the pantry consists of a small cabinet with a door which is always unlocked.
South Whitehall commissioners responded, during their July 5 meeting, to requests from residents on personal concerns.
Stephen Perun reported he purchased a house at 1128 N. 26th St. in March with the intention of converting the furnace from oil to natural gas.
After confirming the existence of a gas line in the street, Perun applied to the township for a permit to make the connection to his house.
Perun said a township official told him the permit was denied because the street was paved in 2015 and there is a moratorium on any road work until 2020.
Parkland School District will submit a claim form in the class action lawsuit, Albert Gallatin Area School District et al v. The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County.
However, the district’s reimbursement will be disappointingly small.
At the June 27 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak reported Parkland paid $71,755 to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School but will receive only $523 in the class action settlement.
Board member Rob Cohen, who opposes payments to cyber schools, commented on the issue.
Monica Atlas has asked the Parkland School Board to reconsider a request from students for a pro-life club at the high school.
“It would be good for kids who want to get together to discuss the culture of life,” Atlas told the board.
She noted one of her children just graduated from Parkland, and another one is going to be attending in the future.
During the past school year, a group of students submitted a proposal to start a pro-life club, but the request was denied by district officials.