The first day of school for Catasauqua Middle School students is right around the corner.
School will officially open for the 2014-15 academic year Monday, Aug. 25.
Doors open 7:45 a.m. with classes beginning 7:52 a.m. Dismissal for CMS students will occur at 2:20 p.m.
Students are reminded school will not be in session Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 due to the Labor Day holiday.
I hope each student this year takes advantage of the education provided to them.
After considerable discussion and debate, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved a contract with Cedarbook Nursing Home, Allentown.
The contract, which the commissioners approved at the Aug. 13 meeting, will raise pay 1.5 percent in 2014, 2 percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016.
The contract affects 523 employees of the nursing home.
Sick days will decrease from 20 to six and, under the contract, employees will be responsible for a larger share of their health care costs.
It was over soon after Catasauqua Area School Board President Penny Hahn called the meeting to order last Tuesday.
The Aug. 5 workshop meeting of the school board lasted a mere five minutes.
During the roughly five-minute stretch, however, a number of decisions were made.
Fifth grade orientation will take place 7 p.m. May 1 in the Catasauqua Middle School auditorium.
Parents of incoming middle school students should expect to attend.
A reminder PSSA science testing will occur April 29 and 30.
Students should get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast.
The Catasauqua Area School Board will hold a budget meeting this evening 7 p.m. in the district administration office board room, 201 N. 14th St.
The public meeting room of the Lehigh County Government Center was empty for county Executive Tom Muller's first town hall meeting March 31.
Accompanied by local media, staff and a few commissioners, Muller waited until 6:30 p.m. for someone to show up.
When public citizens did not walk through the door, Muller decided to conclude the meeting.
Muller said he hopes to hold a town hall meeting every other month.
Times and locations are yet to be determined.
"We have to find another formula to get to the citizens," he said.
Catasauqua High School English teacher Erin DeBoar and math teacher Jennifer Youwakim believe the Catasauqua Area School District should utilize more technology to teach today's and tomorrow's students.
DeBoar and Youwakim appeared before the school board Jan. 13, explaining the advantages of providing each student with a laptop computer.
At the December 2013 board meeting, district Superintendent Robert Spengler presented a proposal to provide every student with an Apple laptop or iPad device. The proposal would cost the district roughly $650,000.
With the swearing in of County Executive Tom Muller, Lehigh County is now without a director of administration, a post Muller held until Dec. 30, 2013.
The board of commissioners questioned potential candidate and former Commissioner Dan McCarthy at its Jan. 8 meeting on his motives for pursuing the job and what he intends to accomplish, specifically asking McCarthy if he is willing to cut certain items from the budget when necessary.
McCarthy was also asked if his serving as an attorney would lead to any conflicts of interest.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners struck down an amendment that would have awarded benefits to partners of county employees who are in a same-sex relationship.
At the Nov. 11 meeting, Commissioner Vic Mazziotti said he could not support the amendment because the state of Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriage. He also said his religious background prevents him from supporting such benefits.
"I'm a Catholic," Mazziotti said. "If I were to agree with this, I would be condoning the act."
Lehigh Valley clean air advocates came out in full force to the Sept. 11 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meeting, urging the commissioners to repeal a recent Lehigh County Board of Elections decision.
The advocates have been pursuing a ballot initiative that would impose more stringent emissions monitoring of a waste-to-energy plant being constructed in the city.
The question, however, will not appear on the ballot because the election board rejected the initiative last month.
Remember, the Catasauqua Middle School PTF Back to School dance will be held tomorrow evening from 7 until 9 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.
CMS is participating in the Bottom Dollar Food Classroom Connections program again this year.
Parents may go to www.bottomdollarfood.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Classroom Connections" link. From there, follow the instructions to enter your membership card number and designate CMS as your school.