The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 29, 2013

Lewisburg school safety project to begin soon

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

---- — LEWISBURG — Lewisburg school board members Thursday night took the first step toward making significant safety improvements at the entrances to all four schools.

The board voted to have the architectural firm of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, of Mechanicsburg, develop specifications and bids for work that would improve security. The firm’s fee is to not exceed $23,000.

The cost estimate for the overall project is $129,750. Major renovations would be made at  the Kelly Elementary, Linntown Intermediate and Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School entrances. The high school would require a door replacement.

In his superintendent’s report, Mark DiRocco noted that Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone tests would begin the week of April 8. Students in grades three to eight will take the PSSA exams in math, reading and science during April. Middle and high school students, who are completing courses in algebra I, biology and 10th-grade English, will take the Keystone exams in May.

He also said the district is forming a food service committee to review that operation. The goal is to determine ways to meet the new, federally imposed nutritional guidelines, provide quality meals to students and efficiently operate the program.

DiRocco presented the results of a survey in which parents were asked about their interest in having their children participate in a summer lunch program. “At this time, there does not seem to be enough interest in the program to move forward in a cost-effective way,” he said.