When Bill Safranek started teaching at Freedom HS in 1987, the average yearly income was $24,350, a gallon of gas was $.89 and a U.S. postage stamp would have set you back 24 cents.
Fast forward to 2016, the year of Safranek’s retirement: The average income is $53,657, the cost of a gallon of gas has more than doubled to $2.13 and a stamp costs 47 cents.
During George N. King Jr.’s nine years as headmaster of Moravian Academy, his major focus was the students. Not just their education, but their overall growth as human beings. He was happy and proud to witness some of those students grow up before his eyes during those years.
“Several members of the class of 2016 and I started at the Academy the same year,” King said. ”It has been my pleasure to watch them develop and progress through our lower, middle and upper schools.”
He gives much of the credit for students’ success to their deep dedication and work ethic.
The Reading by the End of Grade 3 plan was targeted by the BASD at the start of the 2015-2016 school year as an important initiative. The district created an action plan and provided the elementary principals with professional development in the science of learning to read. Reading readiness results in Lincoln and Hanover Elementary School kindergartens have shown that the plan is effective.
At a special board meeting June 23, the board approved the 2016-17 final budget by a vote of 6 to 1.
Budget development began in December 2015 and a preliminary budget was approved at the Jan. 27. Subsequent budget workshops were held on March 30 and April 25, 2016, to develop a proposed budget for adoption 30 days prior to the final budget adoption, which occurred on May 9, 2016 at a special board meeting. Posting and advertising of the proposed general fund budget followed and was made available to the public on May 24, 2016.
Progress reports were presented to the school board regarding the energy policy, Nitschmann MS project and capital planning items June 13.
The energy policy is in the revision process. D’Huy Engineering, Inc. reported the Nitschmann project is progressing on time and on budget. Regarding the capital planning update, funding has been covered through the sale of capital assets.