Catasauqua community leaders meet at Blocker’s
Catasauqua Borough community leaders met May 13 at Blocker’s Coffeehouse as part of their quarterly community meeting.
Two members of the committee, Pastors Doug Cronce and Scott Paradise, have moved out of Catasauqua.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler briefed everyone on the two school resource officers in the district. The district received a $400,000 grant to fund the officers and mental health services for two years. Students and families can use the health services over the summer. The police officers will be on patrol in the borough.
There is a deficit of $18,000 in the district’s lunch program. More than half the students in the district are on free or reduced-price lunch programs.
The district is looking to the future with potential residential developments in North Catasauqua that could add 800 new housing units. There is a smaller development contemplated for the vacant land across from Sheckler Elementary School. The new residences have the district looking at an expansion for the elementary school.
The summer lunch program will continue this year with programs at parks in both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs. Suburban North Family YMCA will have a program as well.
With the closing of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and day care, parents are scrambling to find programs for their children. The YMCA now has a license to care for 5- to 7-year-old children. There are 18 available spots, and financial assistance is available. The YMCA is also looking for staff.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel reported negotiations are in progress to sell the borough’s property on Front Street and start the Iron Works development. Once the details are ironed out, construction is expected to start in the fall. Schlegel is looking at the new project as a way to reduce the overall tax burden on residents.