CASD Board of Education reorganizes, honors students
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met 7 p.m. Dec. 5 for a reorganization meeting before its regular meeting, which followed at 7:15 p.m.
Carol Cunningham, former vice president, was unanimously elected the board’s president. Duane Dietrich, former secretary, was elected vice president. Jason Bashaw was nominated as secretary to fill the spot vacated by Dietrich.
Dale Hein, Christine Nace and Bashaw were sworn in as school board members. They were all elected to four-year terms, along with Penny Hahn, who was not present at the meeting. Donald Panto was nominated and voted in to fill an open two-year spot. One two-year spot on the board remains vacant.
David G. Knerr retained his position as solicitor, and Cunningham was appointed as Pennsylvania School Boards Association liaison. She also serves as the CASD representative on the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Board of Directors. Bashaw was voted as the alternate.
Melissa Inselmann, Catasauqua Middle School principal, took time to honor the Star Players of the Month for October and November. As she named each student, Inselmann read a passage written by their teachers detailing why they were chosen for this honor, citing the students’ work ethic, positive demeanor, accomplishments, etc.
The Star Players for October are: fifth grade, Morgan Kessler; sixth grade, Lindsey Caley; seventh grade, Jasmine Copeland; and eighth grade, Isabella Atiyeh.
The Star Players for November are: fifth grade, Jada Keys-Puhols; sixth grade, Aiden Gannon; seventh grade, Dijon Chambers; and eighth grade, Madison Harth.
A number of extracurricular positions were appointed. Steve Bradley was appointed assistant girls basketball coach, and Jessica Englert was appointed the high school assistant drama director. Both of these positions are volunteer positions.
Wendy Laubenstein was approved as elementary program coordinator, and Lisa Roth was approved as middle school yearbook adviser.
The board will meet again 7 p.m. Jan. 9, 2018, in the district administration office board room at 201 N. 14th St.