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Salisbury School District Hires New Business Administrator

Robert Bruchak will replace Business Administrator Christine Stafford, who is retiring in July 31.

The School Board approved the hiring of Robert Bruchak as the district's new business administrator and board secretary.

Bruchak was offered a three-year contract effective August 1 at a salary of $110,000.

Bruchak will replace , who will retire July 31 after working three years in the district and 35 years in public education.

The board accepted the resignation of Assistant Business Administrator Diane Serfass, who is leaving to serve as the business administrator for the Palmerton School District.

Bruchak, who lives in Macungie, was the former business administrator at Chester-Upland School District and Souderton School Distrct.

Michele May 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
As I realize that this position is necessary in the running of a school district, and I wish all success for our new administrator, hopefully this reminds us (the people of Salisbury Township SD) of the possibility of excess spending in other areas. While we are in the midst of 'relieving' valuable teachers and staff of their jobs and cutting MORE programs limiting our children's opportunities, can we AFFORD to continue to exist as an independent school district without cutting to bare bones? We need to be more accountable for the spending. First for me would be get rid of the computers...
JS May 21, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Not quite sure what your point is here, Michele. Are you making a point about the new person's salary? Then I probably agree with you, but it's probably the going rate for a person in this type of position. Are you trying to dredge up an old argument against the computers? Then I don't at all agree, since the cost for each child in the MS/HS to have a laptop is actually less than what the district was paying for computers in those schools before. This actually was a pretty good move by the district, and has led to other districts trying to figure out how to get the same deal. Yes, the STSD must run a bare bones operation since we are a fairly small township, and they've done a pretty good job of doing so. Citizens who educate themselves on issues and push the District to continue to do this have my full support, and that of many others. However, individuals who simply resent anything for the kids on principle and complain without any knowledge of the situation about any expenditure lose that support in a hurry.
ted.dobracki May 22, 2012 at 07:07 AM
It seems that Michelle's biggest question was if Salisbury should merge with another district, in order for both districts to reduce their overhead. Many states even have county wide school districts. So, this is a very rational and obvious question, especially to people who might have come from as far away as, say Maryland or Virginia. A combined Salisbury & Southern Lehigh, for example, would still be smaller than East Penn, for example.
JS May 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Interesting...I didn't take that as the heart of the comment. Countywide District consolidation is a poisonous subject around here, because it would involve melding mostly disastrous districts in the inner cities (such as Allentown) with mostly successful suburban districts. The net effect would be a flow of money from the suburbs to the city, resulting in increased suburban taxes while the majority of expenditures in a new consolidated district would inevitably be used to catch the city schools up with the rest of the district. There's an interesting argument about whether redistribution of wealth is the right thing to do, but you certainly can't argue it would be better for Salisbury (and other surburan) students or taxpayers. If Salisbury were to consolidate with another district, most people would argue it should be Allentown, due to geography, which would be a non-starter for Salisbury residents for the reasons listed above. A move to join with Southern Lehigh, which would have it's own problems that I won't mention here, might be more palatable for Salisbury residents, but I suspect Southern Lehigh might view us the same way we view Allentown.
ted.dobracki May 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Agree. Not happening here soon.

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