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Board approves positions for 2017-18

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A number of positions were approved for the 2017-18 academic year by the Catasauqua School Board.

The board at its Sept. 11 meeting approved, by a vote of 4-0, a number of positions. Abstaining from the vote, citing personal conflict issues, was board member Dale Hein.

Those approved were four noninstructional aides, Joan Korp, Valerie Billowitch, Tina Marie Thomas and Janice Kovacs.

Also, two were approved as substitute teachers were Erin Stramitis and Heather Kaswandik.

Whitehall police investigate multiple stabbings on Alta Dr.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police officers responded to a report of a fight Sept. 25.

According to a news release from Police Chief Michael Marks, officers were dispatched approximately 6 p.m. to the rear of 22 Alta Drive in response to a fight in progress.

Police said four individuals sustained slash and stab wounds. Officers provided emergency medical care to help control the bleeding.

Two individuals were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are reported to not be life threatening, Marks said.

Leslie Estrada is new school district community liaison

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua High School Spanish teacher Leslie Estrada will not only be teaching in the classroom this year, but will also be serving as the school’s new community liaison.

According to Estrada, in her role as community liaison, she will be communicating with residents and business owners in the community, welcoming new families and helping them become more involved in school activities.

“I think it’s really important to meet with families in our community,” she said.

Board OKs teacher salaries for new year

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Some Catasauqua Area School District teachers will notice a change in their paychecks for the 2017-18 academic year.

The school board approved the collective bargaining teacher unit salary schedule for 2017-18 at the Sept. 12 board meeting.

The vote was 5-0.

Board President Penny Hahn, Vice President Carol Cunningham and board member Mary Alice Hartranft were not present for the meeting.

Abstaining from the vote, due to a personal conflict issue, was board member Dale Hein.

A total of 105 teachers are included in the salary changes.

Two students serve as board representatives

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua High School seniors Hannah Matchette and Maria Rosario recently began serving as student representatives to the Catasauqua Area School Board.

Matchette and Rosario are attending monthly school board meetings and presenting updates to the board on CHS events and news. They will also provide input on board-related matters.

Both students said they expressed an interest in serving as student representatives. The students signed up through the CHS Student Council Club. When a vote was taken by the club, Matchette and Rosario were selected.

Mike Conner retires after 35 years at Sheckler Elementary

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Teachers come and go, but it’s the good ones we never forget.

Recently retired Sheckler Elementary School second-grade teacher Mike Conner is one such teacher. He has positively impacted students for decades.

The first thing you may recognize about Conner is he loves to laugh and smile.

“Kids love to laugh, so humor is a great motivator,” he said. “Every day, I would laugh with the children, and I would never be afraid of laughing at myself.”

Range Road to close Sept. 7 for accident reconstruction

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police will close Range Road between Eberhart Road and the rear entrance to Whitehall Commons (Walmart) at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 so officers can follow up with accident reconstruction for the fatal vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 1. The closure is expected to last less than three hours.

Township officers will be assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, who will be bringing a laser mapping system to speed the process.

Catty man charged with sexual assault

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Inappropriate contact with Scouts alleged between 2010 and 2015

A 50-year-old Catasauqua Boy Scout leader has been charged with exposing himself to Scouts in his care and supervision.

Stephen Piller, of 214 E. Wood St., was arraigned Aug. 24 before District Judge Michael D’Amore. Piller was charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen received information March 17 that a sexual assault may have taken place in Catasauqua.