Catasauqua Area School District teachers are now working under a new five-year contract.
The Catasauqua Area School Board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-0 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The new contract runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. Newly appointed board members Jason Bashaw and Dale Hein abstained from the vote.
Highlights of the new contract include all salary schedules increasing by $1,000 in the first and second years, $1,100 in the third and fourth years and $1,200 in the fifth year.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at its Jan. 25 meeting.
Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services, and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county’s children and youth advisory board.
Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.
The Catasauqua Area School Board has again committed itself to not raising taxes beyond the Act 1 state tax index.
The board unanimously approved a resolution at the Jan. 17 meeting to not exceed the 2017-18 state tax index of 3.2 percent. Last year’s index was 3.1 percent.
The index is based on relative wealth, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Sheckler Elementary School students recently exercised their academic and team collaboration skills and tried their hand at escaping out of one of the school’s rooms.
Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman came up with the idea for the escape room, with the help of fourth-grade classroom, expressive arts and gifted teachers.
According to Dauberman, the escape room is an elementary version of similar rooms created for adults that have surfaced in the country.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 11, under the helm of newly appointed chairman Marty Nothstein.
During the meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a subrecipient grant in the amount of $500,000 to Treatment Trends Inc., Allentown. The funding specifically comes from the state office of mental health and substance abuse services.
Commissioner Geoff Brace, sponsor of the bill, explained the purpose of the grant.
According to Brace, the grant is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Centers for Public Excellence initiative.
Catasauqua Borough Police were called to the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, early Tuesday morning in response to a report of a man, brandishing a screwdriver, who entered the facility without authorization.
According to a borough police news release, the incident occurred around 8 a.m.
Police say before entering the building, Rafael J. Maldonado, 37, of 212 Second St., Catasauqua, ran up the street to the entrance of the school gym. Although school security restrained him, Maldonado eventually broke free and entered the gym.
Various local and national media outlets have reported former professional wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka died Sunday in Florida. He was 73.
Snuka was reportedly battling both stomach cancer and dementia.
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach Jan. 3 dismissed a case against Snuka, declaring him incompetent to stand trial in the May 1983 death of his then-23-year-old girlfriend Nancy Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a Whitehall Township motel.
Before you read it here, could you have spelled the word ‘castellated?’
Catasauqua Middle School seventh-grade student Hannah Kurczeski successfully did so at this year’s CMS Skripps National Spelling Bee Jan. 10.
That was the winning word for Hannah at the annual competition.
Jeane Matthew Doria was this year’s runner-up.
“I was shocked,” Hannah said of winning. “I really didn’t expect it, but I was really happy. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 3 to reorganize.
Marty Nothstein, of Lowhill Township, was elected by board members to serve as chair of the board, and Amanda Holt, of Upper Macungie Township, will serve as vice chairwoman.
Nothstein replaces Commissioner Brad Osborne, and Holt replaces Michael Schware.
In an email to The Press Jan. 6, Nothstein said he is excited to serve as chair and lead the nine-member board.
Catasauqua Middle School teachers, staff and students recently came together to support sixth-grade student Julian “Butter” Saleh, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November.
According to CMS teacher Vickie Mac- Laughlin, the sixth-grade team of teachers decided to come up with a way to raise money for Julian’s family.
The idea soon materialized into the school creating “Team Butter” shirts, which are currently on sale for $20.
Initially, the sale was only directed to CMS students, family members, teachers and staff. It’s now been opened to the community.