GASD Board approves parental challenges for library media


The Gettysburg Area School Board has approved a change to its library media policy that will allow parents to specify material that their children may not read. The new policy instructs the school system staff to develop a system that will allow parents to specify books their children shouldn’t have access to. Despite the potentially-contentious

GASD explains proposed change to its library materials policy


The Gettysburg Area School District Policy Committee has recommended the addition of one sentence to its policy on library materials. The new line reads: The Superintendent or Designee will develop a procedure to allow parents to have the option to limit access to “challenged books.” Policy Committee Chair Michael Dickerson said the district already allowed

CVSD considers building updates


Members of the Conewago Valley school community offered their feedback on possible district upgrades during a community forum on Monday as the school board continues to weigh options for building updates. The district began working with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates in 2021 to gather data and map possible scenarios. Four options are currently on the

StoryWalk at a library near you

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by Sherry Feeser In just a few short weeks, the temperatures will, hopefully,  be increasing, and many of us will be looking for something to do outside.  Several of the libraries in the Adams County Library System will have you covered.  We will be placing StoryWalks outside several library branches. StoryWalks are fun for all

Vida Charter School Celebrates Black History Month in the classroom and in the community

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Over the course of her time at Gettysburg’s Vida Charter School, current principal Elaine Nashelsky has watched the school’s Black History Month celebrations transform and grow. “Having now been at Vida for almost seven years. I’ve had the opportunity to see Black History Month blossom,” she said. The charter school’s Black History Month events take

FunFest opens SummerQuest

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by Erica Duffy Adams County Public Libraries are a vital part of our community’s learning network. FunFest is our free event that celebrates the kick-off into SummerQuest, the ACLS summer learning program. We encourage children and families to attend FunFest to learn more about SummerQuest. The program provides children the opportunity to experience everything the

GASD proposes a way to prevent students from reading “challenged” books but says it will not ban them


An amended version of Gettysburg Area School District’s policy on library materials and resources was considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening, moving closer to formal board consideration on March 6. The only change to the policy is the addition of this line:   “The Superintendent or Designee will develop a procedure to

CVSD board seeks new member as Bolton resigns

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The Conewago Valley school board is looking for a new member following the resignation of a board member on Monday. Tara Bolton, the former representative of Region Two, resigned effective Monday. The board approved Bolton’s resignation during its meeting Monday evening and immediately began discussing the process of finding someone to take her place. According

Despite concerns, Bermudian board members create and appoint themselves onto a new curriculum committee

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The Bermudian Springs school board created a curriculum committee during its meeting Tuesday evening following a long debate. The committee will act as another layer between the curriculum council and the broader school board. The board has spent other meetings debating whether to create the committee and what its purpose would be. During Tuesday’s meeting,

Display, display, what’s in a display?

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By Robert Brown Have you ever wandered into your local library in the hopes of finding books organized by a theme or a topic?  You may not have realized it, but libraries do this all the time with their displays.  When you see a display in the library, know that someone has taken the time

LASD discusses Social-Emotional Learning


Critical Race Theory (CRT) raised its controversial head at the Monday meeting of the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) Board of Supervisors. At issue is the “Reveal Math” program from textbook publisher McGraw Hill, a proposed elementary math curriculum that includes social-emotional learning (SEL) goals. According to the McGraw Hill website, Reveal Math is designed

UASD bomb threat cancels classes

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The Upper Adams School District (UASD) received an anonymous bomb threat on a document earlier today. UASD administrators immediately notified police and began dismissing all UASD students and adults from schools and campuses as a precautionary measure. Biglerville Police, in conjunction with Pennsylvania State Police, searched all UASD schools and facilities with the assistance of bomb-sniffing

The Midnight Library – a review

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by Jeff Cann I sent Matt Haig a tweet. What are you, like thirty? How is it that you know so much about life? He’s not thirty, he’s forty-seven, but this was years ago, when I still used Twitter when I read his book The Humans. Last night I closed the cover on Haig’s book The Midnight Library. Maybe

Ordering new books

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by Annette DeFuso One of the responsibilities I have as the Technical Services Director is to participate in collection development. More specifically, I select for purchase new adult fiction books in print for the library system. There are thousands of new novels published each year, and it can be challenging to keep up with what’s

UASD School Board considers $2.8 million locker room renovation


Locker rooms at Biglerville High School that have not seen substantial upgrades since the 1970s could be getting a multi-million-dollar renovation. Upper Adams School Board on Tuesday discussed a potential $2.86 million revamp of boys’ and girls’ locker and team rooms. Oversized locker and team rooms used by middle and high school students need a

Freegal Music: new look coming soon

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by Sara Edmiston It’s one of the library system’s best-kept secrets that should be known by all in the county.  With your library card, you have access to millions of songs (the entire Sony Music catalog) that you can stream for 3-hours daily.  You can also download five songs weekly – and never have to

New classes announced at theater


GETTYSBURG, PA — Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located within the first block of Lincoln Square at 49 York Street, is now in its 15th season of volunteer, educational, and performance opportunities year-round for all ages and abilities with 12 productions a year plus classes, improv, and musical cabarets. “They say never judge

Harvest Chapel Church helps Bermudian School District

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The Bermudian Springs school board accepted a late holiday gift during the regular board meeting on Tuesday when a church paid for the district’s outstanding food service debt. The topic of the donation initially came up during the board’s caucus meeting on Monday. Justin Peart, the district’s business manager, said Harvest Chapel in Abbottstown offered

Gettysburg Garden Club announces scholarship applications


College and college-bound students living in Adams County are encouraged to apply for 2022 – 2023 scholarships from the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania offers thirteen scholarships of $1,000 each to high school seniors and college students.   Additionally, National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Special education events at Gettysburg National Military Park

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Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg National Military Park will start the new year with events for families with special learners.    “We aim to provide unique access to our park stories, artifacts, and education staff that elevates the fun and learning potential for an ever-expanding circle of kids.” explained Barbara Sanders, Education Specialist for Gettysburg National Military

…And how we spend it

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By Jeff Cann, ACLS Finance Director Three months ago, I wrote an article for the Gettysburg Connection explaining where the Adams County Library System funding comes from ( Today, I thought I’d give a quick overview of where it goes. The short answer is books, buildings, and people. The library expects to spend $2.8 million

LASD Approves 2023-24 calendar with early dismissal date

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School calendars were the topic of conversation at yesterday’s Littlestown Area School District (LASD) Board meeting. Calendar changes are needed to facilitate the upcoming renovation of the middle and high schools, but the district is also looking at potential long-term modifications. The board voted to adopt a one-year 2023-24 calendar in which the school year

Berm elects Wool and Chubb

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The Bermudian Springs school board elected a president and vice president during back-to-back caucus and regular meetings on Monday evening. During the caucus meeting, the board reviewed the agenda for the shorter regular meeting. Soon afterwards, the board reelected Michael Wool as its president during the regular meeting. “Thank you, everyone,” Wool said. “It’s an

LASD reelects president and vice-president; sets 2023 meeting dates


At its annual reorganization meeting this evening, the Littlestown Area School District Board of Directors re-elected Dolores Nester as President and Yancy Unger as Vice President. Board members Nicki Kenny and Jeanne Ewen voted against Nester; the vote for Unger was unanimous. The board also finalized the board and committee meeting schedules for 2023, which

GASD Elects Officers, Announces New Deputy Superintendent


At Gettysburg Area School District’ annual reorganization meeting last evening, President Kenneth Hassinger was re-elected as Board President for 2023 and Mike Dickerson was elected Vice President. Both votes were split with 8 members in favor and Amy Beth Hodges voting against. The board agreed to comply with state and federal laws, designated the Gettysburg

From Shipment to Shelf

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Here at the Adams County Library System, we receive regular shipments of books, DVDs, and audiobooks every week.  Some are upcoming releases heading for a release date the following week, but our materials also include endowments and specific order requests from patrons. Primarily, however, the responsibility of ordering materials is shared among a number of

As board members reconsider its value, GASD renovation project moves forward

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The Gettysburg Area School District School Board voted yesterday evening to resume discussions about the proposed project to replace the HVAC system, roofing, lighting, and other facilities at Lincoln and James Gettys Elementary schools. The board had rejected a motion to move forward with the project in Sept. Board President Kenny Hassinger, along with board

CVSD hires principal; honors students


The Conewago Valley school board approved hiring a new principal during the board’s meeting on Monday evening. Joshua Schaffer will begin working as the principal of New Oxford Middle School by Jan. 16, 2023 or once allowed by his previous employer, according to the board agenda. Schaffer will take the place of Matthew Muller, who

GASD considers other opportunities for HVAC upgrade

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After voting down the proposed $33.8 million HVAC system upgrade for James Gettys and Lincoln Elementary schools at its Sept. meeting, the Gettysburg Area School District board of Directors will consider other possibilities for moving forward on the project. Saying that there had been interest expressed by the board in using different procurement methods for

Berm addresses flags in classrooms

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Responding to the increased prevalence of flags (such as the intersex pride flag) being displayed in classrooms, The Bermudian Springs school board spent a long caucus meeting on Monday debating whether to make its existing flag policy stricter. The conversation was continued by members of the public during the board’s meeting on Tuesday. Board member

Ordering New Library Materials Takes A Village

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By Brandt Ensor, Assistant Executive Director, Adams County Library System In our budget year 2022, the Adams County Library System is scheduled to spend $165,711 on new materials of all types for the six branches of the Adams County Library System. This number also includes e-books and e-audiobooks for our Cloud Library electronic platform. I

Libraries and Quality of Life

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I cannot imagine living in a community without a library. Can you?  This is something that I think about on a regular basis now that I work for the Adams County Library. The reason for that is because as the Development Director, I coordinate our fundraisers and reach out to our residents in Adams County

Adams County Library, Bigerville-Style

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The Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville, a branch of the Adams County Library System (ACLS), opened its doors fifteen years ago on August 20, 2007. Today, older community members express their surprise that it has been here that long, and younger people or first-time visitors can’t believe the library hasn’t been here forever.  With architectural features

Bermudian parent expresses concerns about allergens

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A Bermudian Springs parent approached the school board on Tuesday evening demanding the district retrain its teachers after her child was allegedly exposed to allergens while in school in September. Sarah Nickey, a parent of a third-grade student, told the board last month that her child had to be treated at two hospitals after being

CVSD considers building updates


The Conewago Valley school board discussed its ongoing feasibility study for replacing or updating buildings during the board’s meeting on Monday evening. Superintendent Sharon Perry said the district should be prepared to have a feasibility study meeting with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates next month. The district is comparing scenarios for updating its buildings. “We’re targeting

Rhonda Rose recognized in LASD Staff Spotlight

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Rhonda Rose was put in the Staff Spotlight at Monday night’s Littlestown Area School District (LASD) school board meeting. The Spotlight highlights the work of LASD staff who have made substantial contributions to the district. Rose has worked for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit since 1983 and has been at LASD since 2010. She currently works

FASD honors staff; considers bathroom challenges


Several community members addressed the Fairfield Area School board at its regular meeting on Monday Sep. 26 with concerns about the district’s bathroom policies. During the board’s regular meeting, board solicitor Gareth Pahowka gave a statement before public comment opened. “We understand there are some concerns about the district’s implementation of federally-mandated protections for transgender

Adams County Reads One Book Programs Announced

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by Jessica Laganosky, Branch Director, Trone Memorial Library Get ready to join the celebration with the Adams County Library System in October as each Adams County Library hosts programs and discussions featuring this year’s Adams County Reads One Book selection, “Leave Only Footprints” by Conor Knighton! If you have not had an opportunity to read

Library Funding 101

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By Jeff Cann, ACLS Finance Director As the Adams County Library System’s Finance Director, I frequently hear about a common misconception: “What do you even do? Aren’t the library’s finances managed by the County Controller’s office?” Well, no. Library workers aren’t Adams County employees. We’re a nonprofit, just like United Way or the Red Cross.

LASD to address behavior issues; Will review policies on dress codes and cell phones


As school enters its second month, Littlestown Area School Superintendent Christopher Bigger said “It feels like school. It was a really smooth start to the year.”  Bigger thanked the staff for their hard work. District enrollment is decreasing, moving down to 2,007 total students in comparison to last year’s 2,086.  “That enrollment is supporting the

Not your Grandma’s Library

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By Sherrie DeMartino, Branch Manager of the Carroll Valley Library Being one of the old-timers with the library system, I have seen a lot of changes over the course of my library career. Believe it or not, when I first started in 1995, the library was not even computerized. Library cards were made of paper

Horses, Libraries and Me

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Some of my earliest memories center around books and horses.  I was obsessed with horses from kindergarten.  A lovely brown horse lived in a big pasture about a half mile down the lane behind our house.  I used to walk there, pick grass from outside the pasture fence, and call Folly to come.  While she was

Our first week back at school

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For parents, students, and school staff across the county, the last few weeks have gone by in a blur.  Parents’ calendars have been full of new enrollments, registrations, haircuts, clothes and shoes shopping, and doctor’s appointments, while school board members, teachers, and staff members were busy planning open houses, school orientations, “Meet the Teacher” nights,

FASD updates health and safety plan


The Fairfield Area school board approved a mask-optional health and safety plan during its meeting on Monday evening. The board typically streams its meetings on its YouTube channel, but the audio during Monday’s meeting was difficult to understand in many places due to some distortion. Superintendent Thomas Haupt helped fill in the gaps. Haupt said

Fall Fun at the Library

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By Robyn Woods, Youth Services Coordinator With days getting cooler and summer coming to a close there is still fun to be had at the library. Being a children’s librarian means that my summer was jam-packed with planning and putting out programs to keep kids engaged. As educational fun is a year-round activity, I am

Adult program happenings this Fall at the library

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By Jessica Laganosky, Branch Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin As I write this, the beginning of September is three weeks away. This means great anticipation for the programs and events taking place this fall at each library location. The 3-month fall event calendar is in the final preparation stages, so soon

CVSD approves 2022-25 comprehensive plan; prepares for fall semester


The Conewago Valley school board heard promising updates from administration and school leaders during the board’s meeting on Monday evening. Administrators praised district staff for focusing on training and preparations for the upcoming school year over the summer. Christopher Bowman, principal of New Oxford High School, praised the custodial and office teams, saying the buildings

FASD hires new staff for 2022-23

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The Fairfield Area school board approved the hire of several more employees on Monday evening, helping put the district in a strong position to begin the 2022-23 school year. The board approved hiring a handful of new teachers, a middle school counselor, a part-time special education aide, a part-time office aid and a coordinator of

Volunteers at the Libraries

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By Sara Edmiston, Public Services Director There are many benefits for those who decide to volunteer for an organization in their community. Yes, it allows them to give back and forge a connection to the community in which they live, but the act of volunteering can also be beneficial on a more personal level. It

FASD holds its own amidst state teacher shortage

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While state officials are worried about Pennsylvania’s ongoing teacher shortage, school representatives in Fairfield Area School District say their district is in good shape. During the Fairfield school board’s meeting on Monday evening, the board focused on preparations for the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Thomas Haupt told the board he hoped it would approve adding

East Berlin Library bustles with activity

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By Molly Griffith Most people I’ve met seem to think that libraries are calm and peaceful places, full of hushed whispers and gently turning pages. That’s the comment I get most when people learn I work at the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin, but from my experience, that image is very rarely

Casa de Cultura gives over $56,000 in scholarships to 34 local students

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leer en español Winners of this year’s Beatrice and Sigfried Lowenthal Scholarships for First and Second Generation Immigrants and their families gathered on the Gettysburg College campus on Wednesday evening to celebrate the awarding of over $56,000 in scholarship money to 34 first-generation students. The event, hosted by the college’s Casa de Cultura, included an

Local School Superintendents Discuss School Safety

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According to statistics from Education Week, 2022 has already seen 27 school shootings with injuries and deaths in the U.S., with 83 people killed or injured. The grim tally includes the deaths of 24 children. School superintendents in the country’s 130,000 public and private schools are entrusted every school day to provide a safe and

Elana Nashelsky named Vida Charter School principal

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Vida Charter School has appointed Elana Nashelsky as the school’s first principal. Nashelsky joined the staff at Vida six years ago and has served as assistant principal since 2018, supporting the school through its recharter process comprehensive planning, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Nashelsky is a strong advocate for Vida’s vision of bilingualism, biliteracy, academic achievement,

Local school districts reach the budgetary finish line

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As the six Adams County school districts wrap up their 2022-23 budgeting processes, it is worth noting the enormity of the tasks they have each faced and the complexities of the procedures they each followed to get there. The six districts, each serving less than 3,500 students, have worked independently for the past six months

Adams County Literacy Council improves opportunities for local residents


Founded in 1987, the Adams County Literacy Council (ACLC) continues to promote essential adult education and employment skills for county residents. Noting the program serves about 170 people every year, ACLC Program Coordinator Alison Shuman said “taking ownership of one’s education is the first step of growth. The ACLC strives to make people more employable

GASD will raise taxes 1.3 percent

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[Editor’s opinion]:  In my three years of covering the GASD school board meetings I have never been more proud of this district, this administration, and these board members than I am today.  The district is facing potentially severe budget shortfalls going forward by making informed, transparent, and reasonable decisions about taxation and other issues.  I

LASD passes 1 percent tax increase for 2022-23; will allow parents to monitor children’s reading

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On a 7-2 vote the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) board of supervisors has approved a one percent tax increase for 2022-23. Voting against the increase were board members Jeanne Ewen and Nicki Kenny. District Superintendent Christopher Bigger said the budget process had been “long and surgical” and noted that 70% of district homes will see

Bermudian says “no” to new taxes

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By Imari Scarbrough The Bermudian Springs school board will not include any tax increases in its Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget following a close vote on Tuesday evening. The board discussed the pros and cons of including a tax increase in the budget, with concerns ranging from the problems of raising prices for residents on fixed

New Oxford Library: Small but mighty

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By Bryn Jarusewski Have you ever visited the New Oxford Library? If not, please stop by to visit our tiny but mighty branch of the Adams County Library System. Since New Oxford is much smaller than many of the other satellite branches, do you ever wonder how we receive, process, and distribute our materials? Our

FASD looks forward


The Fairfield Area school district is beginning the process of developing long-term plans for its curriculum, training, facilities and more. During the school board’s meeting on Monday evening, Superintendent Thomas Haupt gave a state of the district speech which also served as an opportunity for him to share his vision for the future. Haupt said

Fairfield Area High School graduates praised as “the future of our society”

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As the graduates of Fairfield Area High School prepared to accept their diplomas during their graduation ceremony on June 1, speakers focused on the students’ perseverance through the challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Honey K. Strosnider, the class vice president, commended the students for their work and thanked the community that supported the students.

Littlestown High School celebrates the Class of 2022

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The 156 graduates of the Littlestown Senior High School Class of 2022 gathered with their teachers, school board, families, and friends on the field of Thunderbolt Stadium on Friday evening to receive their diplomas and take the first step as recent graduates into the rest of their lives. The weather remained on the favorable side

Bermudian seniors celebrate and reminisce during graduation ceremony

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As Bermudian Springs High School celebrated its graduation ceremony on Friday evening, seniors reminisced about their school years while contemplating what their futures might hold. During his speech, valedictorian Ethan Beachy fondly recalled his time at Bermudian Springs. “As a student throughout high school, middle school and even elementary school, I looked forward to the

Gettysburg High School seniors graduate after four years of challenges

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The Gettysburg High School Class of 2022 has completed a high school experience continually challenged by Covid-19 restrictions. The many challenges and the perseverance of the students to overcome them were highlighted during their commencement ceremony on Friday evening in the football stadium. “Every day we are faced with a unique challenge,” said valedictorian Lucas Samuel

New Ox seniors move on to conquer new worlds

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Although the weather was not auspicious during the ceremony, the futures of the New Oxford High School seniors who graduated on Thursday evening certainly are. Before the graduates accepted their diplomas, staff, faculty and fellow students reminded them that change is inevitable. The graduating seniors were encouraged to welcome change while never forgetting who they

FASD will address leadership turnover

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The Fairfield Area School District has a high turnover rate, but Superintendent Thomas Haupt says it’s his plan to fix it. Haupt, who began working at the district in January, said the high turnover rates occur largely in “very key leadership positions.” He pointed out that the special education supervisor will be the fourth in

LASD proposes 1 percent property tax increase


On a split 6-3 vote, the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) school board approved a proposed 2022-23 budget that includes a 1% property tax increase. Voting against the budget were board members Jeanne Ewen, Nicki Kenny, and Shari Kruger. Kenny initially made a motion to table the budget “so that it may be sent back

CVSD proposes 4.6 percent tax increase


The Conewago Valley School District has included a substantial tax increase in its proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget. District Business Manager Lori Duncan said the district can balance its budget with a millage of 14.8525, representing a 4.6 percent increase from the current rate. The rate is the maximum allowed under the state’s Act 1

Bermudian proposes 4.7 percent tax hike

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The Bermudian Springs school board approved a preliminary budget for 2022-23 that includes a potential tax increase of 4.7 percent, the maximum allowed under the state’s Act 1 limitations. The millage rate would move from 12.4656 to 13.0514. The board unanimously agreed to the preliminary budget, and voted 7-2 on the potential tax increase. Board

Collaborating for Youth Virtual Town Meeting

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Adams County’s Collaborating for Youth (CFY) will be hosting a FREE and virtual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   The event will take place virtually on Zoom – please visit for more information on how to access this event.  The Town Hall Meeting is entitled “Youth

FASD Proposes no new taxes in 2022-23


No tax increases were included in the Fairfield Area School District’s proposed budget during the school board’s meeting on Monday evening. The board held two back-to-back meetings, first holding its regular meeting, then going into a budget work session. Tim Stanton, the district’s new business manager, presented the draft budget to the board. Stanton explained

GASD openly discusses budget constraints and potential cost savings

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The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board of directors spent over an hour on Monday evening discussing their new budget. The discussion came after District Superintendent Jason Perrin and Business Manager Belinda Wallen proposed a 2022-23 budget that would include a 1.9 percent tax increase. The district said many cost increases were out of their

LASD honors students; moves forward on building plans

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Staff, students, and members of the community joined together at the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) board meeting on Monday night to celebrate the achievements of district students. The students addressed the board, reviewing many student activities, events, and sports news. The students spoke fondly of current events at their school and eagerly about upcoming

FASD welcomes a new board and a new administrator


The Fairfield Area School Board has unanimously approved former Fairfield teacher Lisa M. Sturges as a new board member. Sturges currently serves as a volunteer. She said her time as a teacher will contribute to her success as a board member thanks to her knowledge of the daily life of a teacher. She also praised