Lutz-Doemling promoted to assistant superintendent
During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Feb. 11, Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling was unanimously voted to the position of assistant superintendent.
She formerly served as the director of curriculum and assessment for the district.
According to Superintendent Robert Spengler, Lutz-Doemling is “extremely well deserving” of the promotion and noted he looks forward to their continued work together.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Lutz-Doemling told the school board members. “I’m so proud of what our students and school district have accomplished over the years.”
During the audience input portion of the agenda, Kristin Brobst, president of Catasauqua Music Arts Booster Association, addressed the board. She requested a funding increase for the musical arts. She made sure to mention she was representing the booster association and was not there on behalf of the music department faculty employed in the district.
Brobst reported self-confidence, teamwork, increased emotional development, discipline, memory increase and more are benefits of a musical education. She also noted the extra hours and hard work put in by both the students and faculty members.
She mentioned the music program includes the marching, concert and pep bands as well as the choir and color guard. It was reported the current budget for the music program is $15,000, and she is asking for an increase to $25,000.
The board listened to her proposal and thanked her for her comments but did not comment otherwise.
In other business, the school board approved the proposed 2020-21 budgets for Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute and Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21.
The operational budget for LCCC is $58,587,680, and the school district’s sponsor share will be $163,853. The operational budget for LCTI is $28,407,230, and the school district’s sponsor share will be $799,528. The operational budget for CLIU 21 is $3,182,360, and the school district’s sponsor share will be $21,546.
Robert Arnold, Catasauqua High School music teacher and band director, asked for approval to pursue a field trip for the students March 30-April 3, 2021.
He is planning to take the students to Tennessee, where they will perform, see a show at the Smoky Mountain Opry, attend dinner shows, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and more.
The band is expected to perform at Dollywood, and the choir will perform at Titanic Museum Attraction.
The board approved Arnold to continue planning the trip.
Sheckler Elementary School Principal Eric Dauberman recognized the January Students of the Month. They include first-graders Cayden Caban and Rylan Schwarze, second-graders Ciara Gass and Robert La Vigne, third-graders Aubrie Dunnachie and Kristalie Espada and fourth-graders Taylor Gannon and Adrian Sanchez.
Melissa Inselmann, Catasauqua Middle School principal, introduced the January Star Players of the Month. They are Grace Dewalt, fifth grade; Keira Gair, sixth grade; Precious Howard, seventh grade; and Zaniyah Jones, eighth grade.
The board approved three resignations, including Michael McClarin, CHS head football coach and spring weight room monitor, for personal reasons. The other resignations were for part-time custodian Jordan Nonnemaker and CMS instructional aide Janice Kovacs, also for personal reasons.
The next school board meeting is 7 p.m. March 10 in the district board room of the administration building, 201 N. 14th St.