School board appoints two new members
The Catasauqua Area School Board has welcomed two new board members, Jason Bashaw, of North Catasauqua, and Dale Hein, of Catasauqua.
Bashaw and Hein were approved at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.
The new appointees replace former board member Dawn Berrigan, who resigned in December, and Carol McCarthy, whose letter of resignation was approved in January. Both terms run until Dec. 31.
Bashaw, who has worked in the North Penn School District since 2005 as an assistant vice principal, said he applied for the open board vacancy because he saw an opportunity to serve the community with experience and knowledge.
“My goal is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the Catasauqua Area School District students and their educational programming,” he said. “I hope to offer my experience and knowledge from my current and past positions.”
A 1973 graduate of Catasauqua High School and a steelworker, Hein, who previously served on the board from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2008, said he sought appointment to the open vacancy because his impending retirement will allow him more time to devote to board activities.
“I would like to continue the progress of the current board with a goal of providing the best education for our students,” he said.
Hein said he will strive to ensure the citizens are delivered the most out of the educational and school experience at an affordable rate.
Both men spoke highly of the district.
The district, Bashaw said, is “one of the smaller school districts in Pennsylvania, yet it is able to offer quality programming to its students.”
Hein also commented on the size of the district.
“Catasauqua Area School District is unique because it is very small and needs to remain diligent to continue to be an outstanding source of education,” he said.