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Palisades considers contractors for science wing


As the Palisades School District works through the bidding process for construction of a new science wing for the high school, which is designed among other objectives to help add new opportunities for targeted learning there, it has also begun registration for its full-time kindergarten program for 2020-2021, which features individual attention for literacy and math assessments.

The receipt of over a dozen bids for the new, seven-figure science wing was announced at the Feb. 5 public school board meeting. The district has already touted well above-average performance in advanced placement testing in the sciences, and has frequently recognized students’ performance in robotics competitions.

The registration for full-time kindergarten for 2020-2021 is being announced on the district website, referring to a link on the home page. The full-time program will be entering its fourth year, as part of a multi-faceted district initiative to attract more young families.

The registration process includes signing up for a 30-minute literacy and math assessment, which is part of a screening process that is designed to identify students’ strengths and areas of need. The program includes engaging in “developmentally appropriate instruction,” as well as “constructive play and peer interaction.” Subject areas include math, language arts, science, writing, social studies, and also music, technology, world language, and physical education.

At the outset of the Feb. 5 meeting, the district’s marching band was honored for its accomplishments in the Cavalcade of Bands Competitions – American A Division. Winning second place at State Championships was noted, as well as first place at Plymouth Whitemarsh, fourth place at Nazareth, third place at Whitehall, and third place at Hatboro.

At the Jan. 15 Fiscal Committee meeting, district Business Manager Drew Bishop announced that Palisades is tied for the lowest equalized millage rates in the state, with New Hope and Upper Merion. Equalized mills are calculated by taking all tax revenue, and dividing by the State Tax Equalization Board-calculated market value of the district. Palisades has a rate of $12.80 per $1,000 of assessed value.