Renovation Plans for Hatfield Elementary School

Plans for the rennovation and expansion of Hatfield Elementary School in the North Penn School District were rolled out during the school board meeting Tuesday night.   What's in the works is a new roof as well as major upgrades in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.   The library will be expanded and a 2,100 square foot addition will be built at the front of the school.   Construction will take about 13-months and the plan is to have the 478 students move around the corner onto the campus of Pennfield Middle School while work is in progress.   The addition of twelve modular classrooms at Pennfield will keep the elementary school children apart from the older students.   The current budget estimate for the project is about $15,600,000.

Elementary School Redistricting Approved in SASD

The Souderton Area School Board Tuesday night approved an elementary school redistricting plan in the wake of its decision last month to close Lower Salford Elementary School. The plan calls for about 340 children from Lower Salford to attend Vernfield Elementary School next fall. 165 students from Vernfield will be moved to Salford Hills Elementary School to make room for the kids from Lower Salford. District officials can now start work on the transition process for the hundreds of affected students and staff members.

Cost of Student Meals Going Up in NPSD

The cost of breakfast for students in the North Penn School District is going up.   Effective with the start of the next school year, it will be $1.75.   That's a 50 cent increase.   The cost for lunch at the middle schools is also going up.   It will be $3.00, a price hike of 20 cents.   The cost for lunch at the elementary and high school level will remain the same.   Students that currently get free or reduced price meals won't be impacted by the increase.   The student meal program is an Enterprise Fund and must balance its budget without taxpayer dollars.

SASD Superintendent Moving On

The chief administrator of the Souderton Area School District is stepping down. Doctor Frederick Johnson is leaving to become Executive Director of the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Published reports indicate he will start his new position on July 1st and earn $160,000 annually. His salary with the Souderton Area School District is $174,500.

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