The Catasauqua Area School Board is pleased with recent savings attached to the refinancing of an old bond.
The school board unanimously approved the refinancing of a 2007 bond during the Dec. 6 board meeting.
Brad Remig, of Public Financial Management, informed members of the school board the district will save nearly $700,000 by refinancing the bond. Specific savings include $555,000 in capital and $140,000 in general fund savings.
Refinancing the bond, which amounts to $7,525,000, resulted from favorable interest rates, Remig indicated.
Come out and celebrate the Christmas season as the Catasauqua Middle School band performs its annual winter concert.
The annual event will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in the middle school auditorium.
The middle school will also perform its winter choral concert next Wednesday, also at 7 p.m., in the auditorium.
Looking ahead, there will be an early dismissal for district students at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. This will begin the school's Christmas break. Students will return to school on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Celebrate the Christmas season by attending the Catasauqua Middle School winter instrumental concert Dec. 13 and the middle school winter choral concert Dec. 19, both beginning at 7 p.m., in the middle school auditorium.
The Catasauqua Area School Board will holds its monthly meeting this evening, 7 p.m, in the district administration office board room.
Tonight's meeting will include a restructuring of the school board. The board will also vote on the 2013 meeting schedule.
Charles Schulz's classic "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will come to life Nov. 23-25 in the Catasauqua High School auditorium.
CHS English teacher and drama coordinator Robert Fahringer said the musical, performed by CHS drama students, was selected based on the intimate, simplistic nature of the show.
"This production was selected because of high interest in doing a small musical by our core group of students," said Fahringer.
"I love this show, personally. The show is well-written but also simple to stage and fun to perform."
A new website design is now available to students, parents and staff of the Catasauqua Area School District.
The new design, which is easy to use, was created because the old website contained elements of Flash that prevented some components of the webpages from being viewed on iPads/iPhones or similar devices, said Kathleen Kotran.
"It's viewable from all devices," Kotran said of the new design.
Kotran added the new design allows for the "News" section to be front and center.
The exceptional work and efforts of the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc. has not gone unnoticed.
On Nov. 10 the organization was awarded the Gold Standard of Excellence award from Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D., executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council.
"There is no question, you guys are leaders," Binns told members of the Northampton EMS. "You have no idea how important this is. We really appreciate it."
Catasauqua Middle School will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, to Monday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving break.
The school will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 27.
I hope students and their families all have a happy Thanksgiving.
During the Thanksgiving break, be sure to unwind and spend quality time with family and friends.
The CMS-PTF Spirit Dance will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the school cafeteria.
The Press apologizes for incorrectly publishing the date of the dance in last week's edition.
The Catasauqua Area School Board approved a number of staff positions to its rolls during the Nov. 12 board meeting.
Megan Becker, Joseph J. Bigley, Robert Bogwist, Erin Charnick, Jill Creveling, Allison Flynn, Travis Hontz, Sariann Knerr, Amanda Ressler, Ryan Sharkazy, Erik Tracy and Benjamin Watson were unanimously approved by the board to serve as day-to-day substitute teachers.
Also approved were Michele Bean as a substitute cafeteria worker and substitute noncertified instructional aide and Luther H. Smith Jr. as a substitute bus and van driver, effective Jan. 21, 2013.
After a long week of power outages and trees and debris found throughout Catasauqua due to damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, it is back to school this week for school district students.
The storm caused district offices and schools to close Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week and led to two-hour delays Thursday and Friday.
Report cards will be distributed to CMS students today. Good luck to all students!
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20.
The damage from superstorm Sandy can still be seen in communities throughout the Lehigh Valley.
As the storm blew into the community of Catasauqua last Monday evening, it knocked down trees and power lines, causing many in the borough to wait out the storm in the cold and the dark.
Although the residents of Catasauqua were not exempt from the wrath of the storm, borough Police Chief Douglas Kish told The Press through the efforts of emergency management, the borough was able to successfully respond to the after effects of the storm.