Solanco School Board news

| December 22, 2017

2018-2019 budget: At Monday’s Solanco School Board meeting, business manager Dr. Tim Shrom provided an overview of the district’s 2018-2019 budget development process. Following are important target dates:

January 8: Approval of advertising and posting of the proposed preliminary budget.

February 5: Adoption of the preliminary budget.

April 23: Approval of advertising and posting of the proposed final budget.

June 4: Adoption of the final 2018-2019 budget.

The state has established an Act 1 rate for Solanco of 3-percent; which means Solanco could increase its property tax rate up to 3-percent without applying for an exception. Because of increasing special education costs, Dr. Shrom has recommended that the school board apply for available exceptions which would provide the board with options for the final budget adoption in June.

Visit the Solanco School District website to review the budget development presentation Dr. Shrom provided at the school board meeting.

Writing grant: The board has approved an agreement for a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) grant at Quarryville Elementary that focuses on working collaboratively to integrate standards-aligned writing content, effective instruction and intervention, and assessment data to improve outcomes for all students in grade three. The Quarryville team consists of principal Rebecca Gajecki, Solanco Special Education Supervisor Linda Overley, special education consultant Danielle Booth, title 1 coordinator Sandy Haines, school psychologist Jenna Carey, school counselor Mary Humphries, reading specialist Jess Misel, third grade teacher Heather Beck, and IU13 staff Kristen Lentz and Laura Lent. The grant funds up to $10,000 for conference/training, resources and materials, and substitute teacher costs.

Online scholarship applications: The school board has approved an agreement with Kaleidoscope which will provide the high school with software that will enable students to more efficiently develop and submit online college applications.

StudentTracker for High Schools: The Solanco School Board has approved an agreement which will provide the district with StudentTracker for High Schools software that will be used to collect data from graduates about their activities after high school, such as college, military or career. Paper surveys have been used in the past; the district is expecting a much greater return rate of information with StudentTracker for High Schools.

Improvements to the auditorium: Monday’s school board meeting was held in the recently-renovated Solanco High School auditorium to provide school board members with a demonstration of the many new improvements. Lighting in the auditorium has been significantly improved with the installation of new full-spectrum color and white lights, seven rows of LED lights and dimmers, and hoist bar with interchangeable lights. In addition, the auditorium now has a new mobile and programmable sound system, and many backstage improvements have also been made. School board members were treated to on-stage musical performances by the Solanco High School Jazz Band, and also student Rachael Opdenaker, who will play Maria in the spring musical The Sound of Music.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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