Donations from the Tinicum Civic Association to Palisades School District libraries have totaled over $40,000 over the past decade according to the group’s annual donation presentation at the Feb. 6 public school board meeting.
Association representatives Tex Enoch and Diana Sinovic presented donations for this year of $1,450 each to Tinicum Elementary, Palisades Middle School and Palisades High School, and received in turn lists of some of the purchases made through previous donations from Principals Janet Link, Karl Scheibenhofer and Rich Heffernan. Enoch noted that the school library program was now in its 11th year, and was part of the association’s overall program of donating to local nonprofits.
Also at the Feb. 6 meeting, the board approved an April overnight trip to Hershey for six students who qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club. The six were among 15 Palisades High School students who participated and performed at a regional event last December in New Britain. In Hershey they will compete in their respective events and attend workshops held by business leaders and college professionals.
The participation in the competition is in support of the district’s Business Curriculum and Business Career Pathway. Registration fees and school nurse costs are covered by the district, while lodging costs are covered by student families and fundraising. Club support for lodging is available to assure no student is denied participation due to financial need.
In facilities news, the district is moving forward to split costs with Springfield Township for a feasibility study for a solar energy field on township property that is adjacent to Springfield Elementary School.
The district will also need to investigate the effect of a contractual obligation of the school regarding its electricity rate, which was already locked in by district negotiation with the supplier.