School board OKs full-day kindergarten
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met Feb. 13 to discuss new initiatives and accomplishments in the school district.
Stephen M. Becker took the oath of office as the newly appointed school director on the board.
“Thank you for letting me be a part of the school district,” Becker said in regards to his appointment to the board. “I’m very excited.”
Eric Dauberman, principal of Sheckler Elementary School, took the board through the process thus far of preparing for a full-day kindergarten program. Via video call, he discussed how staff members are shifting schedules around, rotating classrooms to keep all kindergarten classes together and addressing furniture and technology needs, as well as transportation.
Regarding breakfast and lunch, Dauberman said, “It doesn’t seem to be a problem from a cafeteria standpoint.”
Dauberman said he reached out to Parkland School District, which already implemented full-day kindergarten, to discuss its process, compare preparedness and make sure CASD is taking all necessary steps.
The board approved moving forward with planning the full-day kindergarten program and implementing the necessary changes effective for the 2018-19 school year.
“It’s a changing world in the world of education, and we need to change with it,” said CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler after thanking the board for moving forward with the full-day kindergarten program and other initiatives.
After some further discussion from Spengler, the board voted to recommend approval of the 2018-19 preliminary budget of $31,260,448. Lehigh County millage is 18.5769, an increase of 1.173 mills, with Northampton County millage at 57.7260, an increase of 1.2582 mills. Spengler asserted it is a preliminary budget and that some factors may change.
“The real work is the next few months,” Spengler said regarding shifts in the budget.
The board approved Adam Schnug, assistant high school principal, to be the new Catasauqua High School principal following David Ascani’s retirement. He will assume the role effective July 1.
The board also approved Michael McClarin as the head football coach for Catasauqua High School.
Catasauqua Middle School Principal Melissa Inselmann named the Star Players of the Month for January. Each student received a pin and certificate, while Inselmann read aloud the reasons their teachers gave for choosing each student. The honored students were fifth-grader Isabel Leonard, sixth-grader Reese Johnson, seventh-grader Angelina Dries and eighth-grader Chloe Moyer. Inselmann also recognized Johan Shiju for winning the CMS spelling bee Jan. 16, as well as runner-up Hannah Kurczeski.
Dawn Fisher, CASD gifted support teacher, was nominated by a parent and chosen to be B104 Mike & Steph’s December Teacher Salute winner. Inselmann presented her with a certificate, and Fisher shared a few heartfelt words about her colleagues and students. She described wanting to create a safe space for her students to explore, create and grow.
“What they do and say does make a difference,” Fisher said when discussing her students and their passions.
Spengler described Fisher as “the most caring, compassionate and passionate person I know.”
CASD Board of Education next meets 7 p.m. March 13 in the district administration office board room.