Comprehensive plan will be updated
Saucon Valley Schools are working on a district comprehensive plan to be updated in 2019. The previous plan was for the years 2015 through 2018. The comprehensive plan outlines goals for each school (elementary, middle and high school) including an overall mission, vision and shared values for the entire district.
At its Jan. 8 meeting, the school board unanimously approved key representatives of a committee that will meet to discuss the updated plan. The individuals selected represent the community, businesses and parents. The representatives are as follows: Community (Christopher Sherer, Shawn Welch), Business (Thomas Johnstone, Lisa Szydlow, Jennifer Zavacky) and Parents (Kimberly Creel, Jennifer Brasko, Tamara Humphries). In addition, there will also be teacher and administrator representatives that will be assigned.
According to Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler, the district is looking to add more representatives in the three areas. Butler also noted the committee will be roughly 20 in number when everyone is present. The district plans to provide more updates in the future.
In other news, the board unanimously approved Business Manager David Bonenberger’s contract. The contract is for an annual salary of $144,432 including benefits. The contract will run from July 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2024. Mr. Bonenberger has been Saucon’s business manager since 2004. Prior to Saucon, Bonenberger was a business manager at the Lehighton Area School District.
The board also approved Index Resolution 2019-20 which states that the Saucon Valley School District will not increase any school district tax for the 2019-20 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 2.3 percent as calculated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Board member Bryan Eichfeld clarified that it does not mean they will raise it to 2.3 percent, it just means it will not exceed 2.3 percent.