The Catasauqua School Board approved and reapproved a number of positions during the board's Aug. 13 meeting.
They include, 13 noncertified instructional aides at a stipend of $102.50 per day and one certified instructional aide at a rate of $145 per day.
Shannon Van-Spanje was also approved to serve as a part-time Catasauqua Middle School guidance counselor at 40 percent and Katrina Bullock as a long-term earth science teacher at Catasauqua High School.
Catasauqua Area School Board Vice President Carol Cunningham defended school district Director of Curriculum and Assessment Christina Lutz-Doemling and the teachers and staff who construct and design the curriculum and recommend textbooks at the Aug. 13 board meeting.
During the meeting, board members Christina Naegel and Sally Reiss voted against the Catasauqua High School advanced placement honors-level planned course of study for world history, as well as the AP world history textbook.
The course of study and the textbook was approved by the board by a vote of 4-2.
Catasauqua Area School District Solicitor David Knerr advised school board members during the board's Aug. 13 meeting that if the Medical Academy Charter School, located at 330 Howertown Road, and scheduled to open Sept. 4, does not fulfill certain stipulations, the school board may commence revocation proceedings against the school.
At the meeting, CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler presented the future principal of the charter school, Joanna Hughes, with a list of areas the school is currently deficient in and in violation of.
Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, said Wednesday he is removing his name from the November ballot and will not seek re-election.
The announcement came following Tuesday's news conference by Republican candidate David Molony, held in Catasauqua, regarding the Aug. 15 arrest of Brennan, who was charged with assaulting his wife and driving while intoxicated. (See Brennan's statement on page 2.)
Welcome back students! After a restful and enjoyable summer, school is back in swing for Catasauqua Middle School students.
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The two new school board representatives for Catasauqua High School are active in a number of school sports and leadership programs.
Selena Contreras is a member of the CHS girls basketball and girls soccer teams. She is also a member of Varsity C Club and the student council.
Zachary Labeziu is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams and is active as a Varsity C Club member and a senior class officer.
Contreras plans to attend Cedar Crest College and major in biology upon graduating. Labeziu said he hopes to major in criminal justice.
Catasauqua High School Assistant Principal David Domchek explained to board members during the Aug. 1 policy committee meeting careful precautions are taken before he and other high school administrators and teachers search a student's locker or personal effects.
Domchek's explanation came in response to an inquiry by board member Christine Naegel regarding the school's search and seizure power as codified in the proposed 2012-13 high school student handbook.
Catasauqua Area School District Athletic Director Thomas Moll told school board members during Tuesday's workshop meeting the baseline and concussion tests performed with the assistance of ImPACT Applications Inc. software have been helpful in assessing sports-related head injuries.
The board is expected to approve a contract with ImPACT Applications Inc. at Monday's board meeting.
Students who participate in sports programs within the district are required to undergo a baseline test.
It was a fitting tribute for a man who touched countless lives in and out of the Catasauqua area. On Saturday morning, the Catasauqua High School auditorium filled with family and friends to celebrate the life of Dale H. Edwards, who died peacefully June 22 at his home in North Catasauqua.
The memorial celebration began with a piano solo of "Amazing Grace." As the calming music reached every corner of the auditorium, tears slowly streamed down cheeks of many of the hundreds of people in attendance and heads bowed in reflection and prayer.
When Sheckler Elementary School students return to school later this month, they will have the use of a brand new, technologically advanced computer lab.
A partnership between the parent supported Home and School Association and the school district made the lab, which was completed in the spring, possible.