UASD moves to supporting tech and career center improvements

Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board voted on Tuesday to contribute their share to finance improvements necessary to Cumberland Perry Area Career and Technical Center. Justin Bruhn, Administrative Director of Cumberland Perry presented plans for the center’s facility improvement and expansion project.   Enrollment for the career and tech center has skyrocketed 41 percent

Gettysburg Fire holds open house

Gettysburg Fire Department welcomed the community for a day of education and involvement during its annual station open house Saturday.   The event at 35 North Stratton Street was a “Passport to Safety” where participants were encouraged to visit stations to learn about aspects of fire prevention with a chance to win prizes. Stations included

UASD approves seeking social worker

Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board approved the hiring of a district social worker Tuesday. Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) grant funding recently came out of the state budget, and updates were previously presented by Superintendent Wesley Doll, who noted with PCCD funding, there are two “buckets” from which the district can

UASD discusses potential social worker

Continuing discussion regarding Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) grant funding, Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board considered the need for a district social worker Tuesday. The PCCD grant recently came out of the state budget, and updates were presented by Superintendent Wesley Doll, who noted with PCCD funding, there are two “buckets”

UASD reviews funding

Upper Adams School District (UASD) Business Administrator Shelly Hobbes presented a high-level overview of district funding to the school board Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency initiates (PCCD) grant recently came out of the state budget, she said. PCCD initiates financial investments in programs to improve an agency’s mission and strategic priorities. Administration of

UASD considers greenhouse updates

Upper Adams School District (UASD) opened discussion regarding Biglerville High School’s outdated greenhouse July 19. Biglerville High School Principal Beth Graham presented overviews regarding the district’s greenhouse, which for the past three years, has been held together with collision tape, she said. Prior to COVID-19, the district began work with experts to take a look

UASD approves final budget, no tax increase

Unanimous approval from the Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board set the final 2022-2023 budget rolling with a zero percent tax increase June 21. The grand total for projected revenues is at $32,199,823 and expenditures at $33,781,639, according to Board treasurer Susan Crouse. The deficit will be covered by $520,000 from the assigned debt

UASD updates proposed budget, no tax increase hopeful

Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board provided a consensus for a zero percent tax increase Tuesday as the Fiscal Year 2023 preliminary budget moved closer to adoption. Business Administrator Shelley Hobbs once again presented updates and finetunes to the preliminary budget previously prevented in April and May. Since the proposed budget’s last presentation, projected

Canner commencement welcomes Class of 2022

Rainstorms may have driven the Upper Adams High School graduation ceremony indoors, but applause for the Class of 2022 was as loud as thunder Thursday. The Biglerville High School auditorium packed with enthusiastic families and friends as the Canner seniors received their high school graduation diplomas. Principal Beth Graham recognized the graduates as anything but

UASD adopts preliminary budget, tax increase possible

Upper Adams School District (UASD) adopted the preliminary 2022-2023 preliminary budget that inculdes a 1.5 percent tax increase contingency May 17. “Expenditures are moving down from this year and revenues are going up and so the indicators are all in the right direction. I think our plan of a 1.5 percent tax increase as a

UASD faces 2022-23 budget shortfall

The Upper Adams School District school board heard preliminary budget presentations for the fiscal year 2022-23 Tuesday. Business administrator Shelley Hobbs said there would be a shortfall of about $2.1 million that needs to be addressed. Projected estimates for the 2022-23 fiscal year show expenses of about $34 million but an estimated revenue of of

UASD considers potential security

Upper Adams School District (UASD) presented options for a School Resource Officer (SRO) Tuesday. Continuing the school district’s emphasis on student safety as a top priority, Superintendent Wesley Doll presented options for a potential partnership with Biglerville Borough Police Department. Over the past decade the district has made numerous strives forward to address safety, including

Mikel Grimm will fill Hollabaugh’s term at UASD

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board welcomed Mikel Grimm as its newest board member Tuesday. The vacancy resulted from the recent passing of board member Bruce Hollabaugh, and Grimm was chosen to complete his four-year term. The board was legally required to fill the vacancy within 30 days and interviewed seven applications. Grimm is

Gettysburg professor closes last semester with final concert

Retiring Gettysburg College professor Dr. Paul Austerlitz performed a showcase with jazz musicians Sunday.   Combining years of college involvement with decades of bass clarinet experience, Austerlitz brought his passion for jazz music to the Junction. Showcasing the power of the lesser-known bass clarinet, as well as the joy of musical improvisation, along with Austerlitz

UASD completes intermediate school settlements

Upper Adams School District (UASD) approved the finalization of the agreement with Arendtsville Borough regarding the district’s intermediate school Tuesday. “At long last we have an agreement,” Board President Tom Wilson said, “The process for the agreements has been dragged out for a year.” In a special meeting, the board approved a settlement agreement between

UASD hears charter costs

Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board discussed charter and cyber school costs Tuesday. Supereminent Wesley Doll brought to the board’s attention information regarding cyber charter schools and district funding Tuesday. Discussion came following information stating that cyber schools spent millions on advertising with tax dollars, he said. UASD does offer its own cyber school program

UASD presents comprehensive plan; selects IT Director

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board approved moving forward with Questeq for district Information Technology (IT) management needs Tuesday. A Director of IT Services is essential to assist with duties the other administrators do not have time for, including recruiting IT specialists, Superintendent Wesley Doll said. Services provided also include product management, infrastructure support,

UASD follows updated health guidelines

Upper Adams School District (UASD) will be following updated guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to Superintendent Wesley Doll. Doll presented updates and guidelines regarding district health procedures at the school board’s regular meeting Tuesday. Looking at recommendations from local health facilities as well as the Pennsylvania Department

UASD social studies classes focus on student growth, not Critical Race Theory

The Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board heard presentations about district courses and health concerns at its curriculum and extra curriculum committee Tuesday. “As students move through UASD development from Kindergarten to 12th grade, the district wide goal is to prepare students to responsibly engage the world and understand the world they live in,”

UASD continues to monitor and remains proactive

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board continues to monitor COVID-19 information and ensure district-wide quality Tuesday. As officials continue to monitor cases throughout the school district, positive case rates have bumped up slightly, according to Superintendent Wesley Doll. As of Tuesday, there were 25 individuals in quarantine and 12 positive cases, he said. Information

Farmers market season nears to a close

Adams County Farmers Market Association (ACFMA) prepares for its final market of the season this Saturday. From May through October, North Stratton Street becomes a hub of agricultural and local vendor activities, and the market looks forward to one more happening. Facing the pandemic with resiliency, ACFMA is led by a dedicated board that sought

UASD COVID concerns continue

Keeping students safe and educated continues to be the forefront mission as Upper Adams School District (UASD) board meeting discussed the continuing struggles of COVID-19 Tuesday. Superintendent Wesley Doll acknowledged the various frustrations felt throughout the school district and acknowledged the desire that, “All of us would like to be beyond COVID, but that’s not

Art at the Market brightens day

Ominous clouds and inclement weather were not enough to stop Lincoln Elementary School art teacher Lydia Stith and her students’ third annual art display at Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) Saturday. The showcase of kindergarten through fifth grade student artwork was created as a way to display and share their creative talents with the community.

Gettysburg Fire Department holds open house; seeks volunteers

Gettysburg Fire Department welcomed the community for a day of education and involvement during its annual station open house Saturday.   The event at 35 North Stratton Street was a “Passport to Safety” where participants were encouraged to visit stations to learn about aspects of fire prevention with a chance to win prizes. Stations included

UASD complies, issues mask mandate

Following new regulations put forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the state Department of Health, Upper Adams School District (UASD) implemented mask mandates as of Tuesday. UASD updated its mask procedures to comply with the recent state education and health department notices, now mandating masks on buses and inside facilities but not while

Youngster focused Gettysburg museum opens

Children of all ages now have a local museum all their own with the Gettysburg Foundation’s opening of Children of Gettysburg 1863, Saturday. Renovated from the former Rupp House History Center on Baltimore Street that focused on the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg. Children of Gettysburg 1863 provides hands-on history experiences told through

Adams County Overdose Awareness Task Force walks to end stigma

Honoring loved ones lost to overdose, Adams County Overdose Awareness Task Force held its third annual International Overdose Awareness Day Walk Tuesday. Aiming to erase the stigma associated with overdose, the task force aims to open conversation about addiction and provide preventive measurement for the community. International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual

Families flock to farmers market Kids’ Day

Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) brings community involvement and fun for kids of all ages during its annual Kids’ Day Saturday. Exploring the market with five market dollars of their very own, kids were encouraged to pick out their own products, play fun games, and meet the local vendors firsthand. An annual tradition, Kids’ Day

UASD approves masks as optional

Upper Adams School District (UASD) moves forward with masks as optional Tuesday. As UASD prepares to fully open for in-person learning, the board approved the health and safety plan instituting masks as “strongly recommended but not required,” in a 5-4- vote Tuesday. The approval to not implement a mask mandate came after much deliberation between

UASD plans toward no mask mandate

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board is continuing toward recommendations from July to open schools in the fall and not implement a mask mandate on Aug. 3. With the promise of fully opening all district schools in full swing, UASD school board discussed the guiding elements for the district’s health and safety plan. The

UASD masks not mandatory

The Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board has voted to not require facemasks during the 2021-2022 school year. Returning to Biglerville High School board room for the first time in over a year, the school board voted unanimously 7-0 for face coverings to be optional for students and staff next fall.    “Masks are

York Springs Carnival returns

The sounds of bingo calls, the lights of the Ferris wheel, and the smell of fried food announced to the community that the York Springs annual carnival was back again this month. Running July 21 through July 24, the annual festival saw the return of classics such as full-sized rides and games, hindered last year

New farmers market vendor utilizes one-of-a-kind plant usage

Breathing new life into thrift wares, Botanist’s Closet brings repurposed, plant-based dyed goods to Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) this season. Harnessing pigments found in portions of plants that are often overlooked, owner Ema Hegberg, of Gettysburg, offers garments and goods incorporated with unique colors and hues. Her first time as an ACFM vendor, Hegberg

Healthy Options provides farmers market food assistance

Food assistance program Health Options provided food vouchers to participants at Adams County Farmer Market (ACFM) Saturday. Healthy Options is part of the Adams County Food Policy Council, a task force of Healthy Adams County focusing on eliminating food insecurity around the county by providing access to fresh, local products, according to program coordinator Carly

GCT shines spotlight on working class Americans this season

Delving into the often-overlooked aspects of careers around the country, Gettysburg Community Theatre’s (GCT) “Working: A Musical” provides an inside look at individual stories and identity surrounding the working people. Based on the book by Studs Terkel and adapted to stage by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, “Working” captures a glimpse into job satisfaction and

GBSWA takes step toward South Street Project

Gettysburg Storm Water Authority (GSWA) approved to advertise contractor bidding for the South Street Storm Sewer improvement project Monday. The Community Block Development Grant improvement project comprises of three phases, including lighting and electricity, curbs and sidewalks, and storm drains, according to engineer Chad Clabaugh. A fourth phase includes paving by Columbia Gas once the

Community art hub Waldo’s celebrates multiple milestones

Gettysburg’s local non-profit arts organization celebrated its fifth, sixth, and eighth birthdays Saturday June 12. Waldo’s and Company has been a staple of the Gettysburg community, dedicated to being an inclusive meeting place for artistic expression and providing an oasis for creativity since 2013, according to Chris Lauer, director and board president. Previously located on

UASD approves budget and tax increase

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board approved the 2021-2022 budget that includes a 2.1% tax increase Tuesday. The 2021-2022 budget that includes a 2.1% tax increase is approved by the Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board. The approval establishes the tax rate of 15.6384, an increase of 2.1%; as well as the fiscal

Variety is the spice of the Farmers Market

A local chef brings the flavors of representation to an Adams County Farmers Market’s demonstration June 5. Showcasing the variety of products offered by the market, chef Fabio Carella showed the simplicity of cooking with local ingredients. “We are representing the market today,” he said. Various market products were incorporated into the amalgamation demo including

Biglerville graduation exemplifies a generation of resiliency

Biglerville High School (BHS) Class of 2021 took to the Musselman Stadium Friday to commemorate a one of-a-kind graduation. ‘Resilient’ is more than the title of the BHS 2021 yearbook, according to Principal Beth Graham. “It will forever be tied to this generation,” she said. Encountering more than the traditional coursework and relationship hurdles, the

UASD prepares for fall reopening with sanitation updates

Cleanliness is next to Canner-ness as Upper Adams School District (UASD) hears updates to sanitation and reopening during a school board workshop June 1. As Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to drop in Adams County and updates are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UASD plans for reopening completely for all 2021-2022

Gettysburg Pride celebrates fifth annual community celebration of love [with slideshow]

Gettysburg Pride celebrated love and equity Saturday with a day of festivities for the entire community. The event was part of the annual pride weekend, which ran from Friday through Sunday. Orchestrated by Gettysburg Community Theater’s Executive Director Chad-Alan Carr, Lincoln Square transformed into an inclusive community wide celebration with vendors, entertainment, educational resources, and

Rainy opening brings rainbow of Farmers Market support

Adams County Farmers Market Association has reopened for the season to staunch community support despite downpours and blazing heat throughout the month. Spring is known as the season of unpredictable weather and no one understand this more than those who farm year-round. Like the vendors and growers who work tirelessly to provide goods, Adams County’s

UASD hears budget updates and encourages community feedback

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Upper Adams School District (UASD) board heard preliminary budget revisions and encouraged community feedback Tuesday.    The public will soon learn the results of an independent investigation following racial accusations on UASD campus, according to school board President Tom Wilson. An executive summary report is planned for release May 18, according to Superintendent Dr. Wesley