FASD Votes Against Fully Reopening the Elementary School as Costs Rise and COVID Cases Continue

After hearing concerns about COVID cases and costs of hiring needed staff members, Fairfield Area School District board members voted twice against reopening the elementary school for five-day per week instruction. The school is currently operating on a hybrid A/B schedule in which children only come to school two days per week. “I think what …

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CVSD Takes Aim at Charter Schools

Following a report by Superintendent Christopher Rudisill saying supposedly “free” charter and cyber schools cost the district $4.2 million, Conewago Valley School District (CVSD) approved a resolution calling for changes to charter school funding. “While you may hear that these schools claim they are free; they really are not free at all,” said Rudisill. Rudisill …

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Bermudian Responds to Anonymous Complaint, Deals with COVID-19 Frustrations

Bermudian Springs Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss expressed frustration with state pandemic-related regulations and guidance for schools during the school board’s meeting on Monday evening. “Two weeks ago– so there’s an anonymous line that somebody can call and complain about any school district not meeting and following the attestation,” Hotchkiss said. “I received a complaint. I got …

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FASD Considers Full Reopening; Honors School Board

During its meeting Monday evening, the Fairfield Area School District discussed early preparations for returning kids to school on a more normal schedule, but cautioned that it may be awhile before that’s possible. Superintendent Michael Adamek said that he hopes cases of COVID-19 decline to the point that schools can fully reopen. “I think at …

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School Closures at LASD Highlight Need for COVID-19 Vaccine

After two school closures in two weeks, the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) is eagerly waiting for vaccines for the novel coronavirus to be available to school staff. Superintendent Christopher Bigger said that the district had to close Maple Avenue Middle School and Littlestown Senior High School over a two-week period due to cases of …

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Bermudian Springs Addresses Alleged Inappropriate Social Media Activity From Staff Member

The Bermudian Springs School District is investigating alleged inappropriate activity on an administrator’s social media account. The school board acknowledged the investigation during its meeting on Tuesday evening. “The district wanted to proactively respond to any questions or comments about the personnel investigation currently ongoing about posted Twitter content,” said Board President Michael Wool. “As …

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COVID Closes New Oxford High School

Superintendent Christopher Rudisill said New Oxford High School reopened today after switching to remote learning on Tuesday. The high school had six positive or presumed positive cases of the novel coronavirus, prompting Rudisill to close the school to comply with state regulations. The schools have a limit to the number of cases they can have …

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Bermudian Springs School District Updates COVID-19 Policies

Bermudian Springs School District Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss told the district’s school board last week that the district would account for positive COVID cases differently going forward and present the case counts on a newly-developed online dashboard. “I will share with you that we’re very clear today that in order for a student to count, which …

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CVSD Unveils COVID Dashboard; Approves New Courses

Conewago Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Christopher S. Rudisill introduced the school district’s updated website and COVID-19 tracking information to the school board on Monday evening. The website now has a dashboard with information about the novel coronavirus. It includes updates on the number of cases of COVID-19, with the ramifications of the numbers listed. …

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County School Districts Struggle with COVID, but Remain Mostly Open for Now

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LASD Faces Pandemic Choices, Honors Students

Superintendent Christopher Bigger said that the Littlestown Area School District is handling the COVID-19 pandemic well, but told school board members on Monday evening to prepare for anything. “I do want to thank the administrative team for finding ways to stay open,” Bigger said. “It’s easy to throw in the towel. It’s easy to say, …

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GBG Borough Struggles to Balance Police Force Needs and Taxes

A divided Gettysburg Borough Council is likely to approve a tax increase of 0.577 mils for its 2021 budget and cut its eight-member police force by one officer (A ninth officer is on the payroll but inactive after being reinstated due to a court order earlier this year). The alternative, to keep the force intact …

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Gettysburg Digs Into Its Deep Budget Problems, Finding a Tax Increase Likely

Gettysburg residents may see a tax rate increase in the next budget as the borough council struggles to close the budget gap caused by the pandemic. The borough has spent a large portion of its reserve funds, complicating the budget process. “The council has done a very good job putting good financial policies in place, …

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