Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the proposed 2017-18 budget at its May 9 meeting.
The proposed final budget estimates general fund expenditures of $29.9 million, while balancing anticipated revenues and expenditures. The budget remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 Index of 3.2 percent.
The real estate tax rate for Lehigh County homeowners is anticipated at 14.4072 mills and 56.3513 mills for Northampton County residents, which amounts to a millage rate increase.
The average tax increase is expected to be $74.05.
It was a time of celebration and somber reflection May 3 as Sheckler Elementary School officially dedicated its new playground.
A picnic table also was dedicated in memory of former student Darious Condash, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident Nov. 6, 2015.
Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told the students sitting outside in front of the playground they should take ownership of and responsibility for the new addition. The new playground, he said, very well might be a memory the fourth-grade class refers to years from now.
The Catasauqua Area School Board recently approved the 2017-18 Lehigh Carbon Community College, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute budgets.
The approvals occurred at the board’s April 11 meeting. The CLIU 21 and LCTI budgets were unanimously approved. However, the LCCC budget was approved by a vote of 8-1, with board President Penny Hahn casting the dissenting vote.
Whitehall Township police on April 13 responded to a report of a wanted man in the 1200 block of North Lehigh Avenue.
According to a news release provided by township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks, police received a call around noon regarding the unwanted man. Upon arrival, police determined Angel Leon Jr. was inside a residence on North Lehigh Avenue, the release said.
The release also said Leon was taken into custody 4 p.m. without incident and was transported to Lehigh County Central Booking.
Leon is wanted on multiple warrants in Berks County, the release noted.
Residents of Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each nonexempt vehicle registration.
The board of commissioners, at its April 12 meeting, discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.
Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.
Catasauqua Area School District homeowners likely will see an increase in their real estate taxes next year.
District Superintendent Robert Spengler discussed with the school board April 11 the proposed 2017-18 budget.
The 1.12-percent increase amounts to a balanced budget of $29.9 million and remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 index of 3.2 percent.
Included in the budget is a millage rate increase to 17.4073 mills for Lehigh County residents and 56.4681 mills for Northampton County residents.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to the Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
The board, at its March 22 meeting, was presented drafts of six options by the architectural firm Roth Marz Partnership, PC.
According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and the costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.
Options presented include:
• $8.5 million in upgrades to infrastructure, excluding rooms;
Whitehall Township police responded to a report of assault April 3 at 980 Fairmont Ave.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Magistrate Robert Halal’s office, police received a call 11:45 p.m. of a man in the south parking lot at 980 Fairmont Ave. causing a disturbance. When police arrived, they found Jean Pierre D’ Meza Nunez, 22, with blood on both hands.
Nathan Scholl, 9, of Catasauqua, wanted to do something special to honor the memory of his grandmother, Janet Armao, who passed away from advanced-stage lung cancer April 26, 2015.
So, the Sheckler Elementary School student decided to grow his hair out and have his long, flowing blond tresses donated to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
Armao had lived in Catasauqua with Nathan, his mother, Renee, father, Robert, and sister, Gileon, during the last three years of her life while she was battling cancer.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released the 2016 SAT results, and the statistics show Catasauqua High School students exceeded scores from the previous year.
According to results posted online, the average score for CHS students taking the test in 2015 was 1505.
The average for 2014 had been 1474.
The reading average for CHS students was 507, an increase from a 489 average in 2014.
The math average was 510, which reflects an increase of one point from 2014.
Also, the writing average was 488, which is an increase from a 476 average in 2014.