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Saucon Valley School District

District information
GradesKindergarten through 12th grade
SuperintendentDr. Craig Butler (2019)
Budget$40.2 million in 2012
Students and staff
Students2408 (2010)
Teachers173.40 (2010)
District mascotPanthers
ColorsRed/Black
Other information
AIE per student$11,473
Projected enrollment2459 (2020)
Websitesvpanthers .org

All Saucon Valley students in kindergarten through 12th grade will learn remotely after Thanksgiving holiday, but only for a week and only as a precautionary measure. Saucon Valley Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler announced the decision in an email to parents Monday evening, just hours after high school students returned to classes following a two-week suspension of in-person learning and extracurricular activities due to the number of confirmed coronavirus cases there. Students will learn remotely Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 and return to their physical classrooms on Monday, Dec. 7, Butler say. He note that closure is strictly precautionary relative to preventing any potential spread of virus in schools following the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 26, or 11 days before their schedule return. The amount of time between infection and onset of COVID-19 symptoms can be anywhere from two to 14 days, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, meaning that someone infected at Thanksgiving could theoretically be asymptomatic until Thursday, Dec. 10. Pennsylvania health and education recommendations for counties in which there is substantial community transmission of coronavirus are for public school districts to employ hybrid or entirely virtual models of study. As of last week, state confirmed that substantial community transmission was occurring in Northampton County. Saucon Valley is one of just a handful of local districts that continue to provide in-person education five days a week to all students whose families opt to send them back. At the start of the school year, approximately 80 percent chose to do that. State officials have said they wont require school districts to move classes online due to viruss spread, which has increased significantly recently, prompting Philadelphia to ban inside dining and close some businesses Monday. Instead, state will continue to make recommendations, but leave decision-making up to local school boards. I realize the hardship this may pose for some families, Butler said in Monday email. Rest assure our actions are based on the safety and welfare of students. Premise upon which we act is based on providing the safest environment possible for students when they are in a building, he add. Providing this hiatus of in-person instruction will hopefully curtail any potentially heightened spread of the virus. Saucon Valley elementary, middle and high school principals will send parents additional information about the period of online learning that will begin Nov. 30, Butler say. To date this year, all of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the District have been at Saucon Valley High School, which has closed twice based on health Department advice, for a week in late September and for two weeks in early November.

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Middle school

In 2009 and 2010, school achieved AYP status. The attendance rate was 96%. 2010-94% at grade level. In Pennsylvania, 81% of 8 graders at grade level. 2009-88%, State-80% 2008-87%, State-78% 2007-86%, State-75% 2010-97% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 75% of 8 graders are at grade level. 2009-86%, State-71% 2008-86%, State-70% 2007-84%, State-68% 2010-74% on grade level. State-57% of 8 graders were on grade level. 2009-67%, State-55% 2008-62%, State-52% 2010-84% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 73% of 7 graders at grade level. 2009-91%, State-71% 2008-83%, State-70% 2007-75%, State-67% 2010-90% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 77% of 7 graders are at grade level. 2009-94%, State-75% 2008-90%, State-71% 2007-76%, State-67% 2010-74% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 68% of 6 graders at grade level. 2009-79%, State-67% 2008-90%, State-67% 2007-72%, State-63% 2010-89% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 78% of 6 graders are at grade level. 2009-92%, State-75% 2008-96%, State-72% 2007-91%, State-69%

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Budget

3 MILLION shortfall in next year's proposed budget, which includes a $718 507 gap carry over from this year's budget. A tax increase any less than 4% would increase the deficit, but even 4% doesn't close the hole. To cut the deficit, District will review cost reduction options, evaluate staffing needs and analyze health care costs, Superintendent Thomas Parker say. The Districts do not have fund balance to draw from. District officials estimate the District would need to shave about $6 MILLION from next year's budget to account for coronavirus-related losses and have a balance budget, assuming 1. 5% Tax increase. Employees opt to take a pay freeze to help the District deal with financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last few weeks, District administrators have shown Board members options for finding savings, including reducing staff through attrition, reducing building and Department budgets and restructuring debt. Some Board members have urged the District to reduce the tax increase. Budget documents indicate 1. 2% Tax increase. The District is bolstering its general fund budget by carrying over $4 MILLION from undesignated reserve funds to make up the shortfall in revenue due to COVID-19, Chief Operating Officer Mike Simonetta say. This is double the amount the District normally carries over, allowing the District to proceed without raising taxes or cutting programs or staff. Twelve professional positions that will be opening due to retirements, including seven or eight teachers, will be filled for next year, Simonetta say. The district is facing a nearly $3 MILLION shortfall in the projected budget largely due to the pandemic, which triggered a decrease in tax revenue and an increase in expenditures related to sanitizing and protective equipment, as well as transition to online learning. The district is considering a tax increase as a means of balancing the budget, Superintendent Matthew Link say, but the school Board may opt to avoid the tax increase through bond refinancing and renegotiating its transportation contract in addition to leaving two vacant positions open. That might reduce the deficit to about $417 000. Parkland School District is projecting a loss of at least $5. 3 MILLION in revenue due to COVID-19, mostly through local tax sources. But the District says that loss could be as much as $11 MILLION. To achieve a 0% tax increase, District is proposing taking $11. 2 MILLION from its fund balance move administrators acknowledge was risk, but important for relief of taxpayers during the pandemic. District Project budget shortfall of nearly $2. 8 MILLION for 2020-21, before taking into account any COVID-19 impact. It start to close gaps through furloughs and demotions of professional and support staff, salary freeze among administrators, and closing of Western Salisbury Elementary School, prospect introduced before the pandemic to address years-long budget concerns. The district nearly always introduces tax increases into the budget since there is no space for residential growth to increase tax revenue organically, School Board President George Gatanis say.

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About Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is committed to providing an open platform for objective online local news. Originally from Bethlehem, Pa., He has covered news in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to publishing news on sauconsource. Com, which he launched in 2014, uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms to help inform ever-growing number of reader-followers. He also manages social media platforms and consults with other local businesses as part of his media company, Saucon Source LLC. He is a graduate of Bates College, where he majored in history. Email him at josh sauconsource.

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