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Salisbury School District Buildings Might Get Sprucing

Salisbury school board hears proposal for three small projects.

Salisbury Township School Board members are considering a few small-scale projects to improve the curb appeal of two district buildings.

At their operations committee meeting on Monday, board members agreed that sprucing up the front of the administration building, replacing the fence around the high school’s student parking lot and replacing the high school’s marquee could all be cost effective projects to undertake this year.

 For $8,500, the district could paint and repair the front of the on Salisbury Road, said William Brackett, director of maintenance. The paint should last five years before it starts to fade, and patching holes will keep mold and mildew from getting past the façade.

Weather and skateboarders who fly off of railings and land against the building are the main culprits to the façade’s degradation, Brackett said.

“We chase them [the skateboarders] away daily just about,” said Superintendent Robert R. Gross III.

Several school board members said they would also like to consider adding a surveillance camera or signs to deter future vagrants and skateboard destruction before approving the project.

The superintendent advocated for the administration building repairs and two other projects, saying that 78 percent of people living within district lines don’t benefit directly from district services. Improving the appearance of district property is a way of improving the district’s relationship with those residents, Gross said.

Replacing damaged fencing around the student parking lot at Salisbury Township High School will cost about $9,250, Brackett said. Because both projects cost under $10,000, they do not have to be publicly bid.

A third project to rebuild the metal sign on Emmaus Ave. for the high school using the bricklaying skills of Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute students was also discussed.

Because there is a storm system sewer under the existing marquee, district engineers would have to design the sign and the township would have to approve it, adding to the cost, which has yet to be determined, Brackett said.

Salisbury Resident October 13, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I am all for maintenance, upkeep, a great presence, and appealing facilities. In reference to this point "The superintendent advocated for the administration building repairs and two other projects, saying that 78 percent of people living within district lines don’t benefit directly from district services. Improving the appearance of district property is a way of improving the district’s relationship with those residents, Gross said." How in the world are these minor updates to the space, buildings and infrastructure going to reduce that number from 78%? Again, Mr. Gross, just like the laptop program you are trying to think you are in touch with the community you represent, but at times like this one, you are so far off you lose many. I am here with my eyebrow raised. I am trying to understand your thought processes, but you continue to throw me off.
Keith Carson October 14, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Spending more tax dollars of the 78% of the residents who don't benefit directly from district services by "replacing a fence" where there never was a fence during the worst economic period since The Great Depression seems a bit ridiculus and misleading to me!

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