The safety of school district students was of paramount concern for a handful of parents during the Catasauqua Area School Board's Sept. 10 meeting. The parents questioned board members on three bus stops they claim are dangerous due to speeding motorists, overcrowding and the distance their children have to walk from their homes to the individual bus stops.
The bus stops in question are 12th and Bath, Front and Chapel and Third and Cypress streets.
Catasauqua Middle School students will enjoy a half day Wednesday, Sept. 19. Students will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m.
How about starting off the new school year with some leisure reading? The Catasauqua Middle School Book Fair will be held Sept 17-21. A wide selection of books will be available for purchase. An evening book fair event is also scheduled during the Meet the Teacher Night Sept. 20.
All three Catasauqua Area School District schools have been placed on warning status by the state due to performance on the reading section of the 2011-12 PSSA exam.
Christina Lutz-Doemling, director of curriculum and assessment, shared the information with the board at Monday night's meeting.
While Sheckler Elementary School met 14 of the 17 required targets, the school did not meet its performance targets in reading in the all students, Latino/Hispanic and the economically disadvantaged student categories.
The Aug. 15 arrest of state Rep. Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, on simple assault and DUI charges, and the subsequent press release announcing he would not seek re-election in November should lead residents of the Lehigh Valley to conduct deeper research into who their candidates and elected officials are.
We, the people, should place higher standards on our elected officials, and those public officials should abide by higher ethical and moral standards.
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.
I am the new columnist for CMS News. I have been covering school board meetings and other district-related news the past two and a half years and have also photographed school district and community events.
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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.