The Catasauqua Area School Board rejected the 2016-17 Lehigh Career & Technical Institute budget by a vote of 6-1 at the March 8 meeting.
Voting in opposition to the budget were board President Penny Hahn, Vice President Carol Cunningham and board members Randy Nace, Mary Alice Hartranft, Duane Deitrich and Dawn Berrigan.
Board member Don Panto cast the sole vote in support of the LCTI budget.
The district’s vote does not impact whether LCTI’s budget is approved for next year.
North Catasauqua Borough staff, council members and volunteer groups will soon need electronic access in order to enter the municipal complex.
The borough council approved a contract with Tim Uhl of AACE Security, Bath, for a security access control system at the March 8 council meeting.
Installation of the access control system began March 9 and will continue in steps over the coming weeks.
In a recent email to The Press, council President Peter Paone said the cost for the installation of the security system is $8,500.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners voted to fill three authority and board positions at the March 9 meeting.
Kevin Baker of Lower Macungie Township was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Authority. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.
Paul Semmel of North Whitehall Township was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District. Semmel’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.
Vicky Kistler of Whitehall Township was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Office of Children & Youth Services Advisory Board. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.
The Public Library of Catasauqua will soon showcase a new carpet, compliments of a $10,000 community partnership grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.
An official ceremony was held at the library Feb. 25, at which LVCF Chief Executive Officer and President Bernard Story presented the check to library Director Sandra Arden and George Hillenbrand, the library’s board of directors president.
The library had applied for the grant July 1, 2015, and was notified of the $10,000 award Dec. 15, 2015.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will soon begin managing the financial and operational affairs of Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a two-year, $2.2 million contract Feb. 24 with GS Management Services by a vote of 8-1.
Voting in opposition was Commissioner Michael Schware.
The contract with GS Management runs 2016-18.
Catasauqua Middle School student Olivia Becker is a firm believer that preparation and hard work spell success.
Olivia finished first-place in this year’s CMS spelling bee Jan. 12 by spelling the word “cylindrical” correctly.
Last Thursday, Olivia was one of 45 area students who successfully passed a preliminary written exam administered at Northampton Community College, qualifying her to move on to the 30th Annual Express-Times Regional Spelling Bee. That competition will be held at NCC March 25.
The Catasauqua High School Drama Club, under the direction of Brenda McGuire, will present the musical “All Shook Up” at 7 p.m. March 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. March 13, in the high school auditorium.
“All Shook Up” is a 2004 American jukebox musical that includes music by Elvis Presley, and a book by American playwright and author Joe DiPietro. The story is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play “Twelfth Night.”
The Catasauqua Area School Board has officially granted the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School a three-year charter.
The school’s charter will run 2016-19.
The board approved the charter at the Feb. 9 school board meeting by a vote of 5-0. Board President Penny Hahn abstained from the vote, citing as a reason her absence from the initial charter school presentation.
The school will share space with the Medical Academy Charter School, located in the former Lincoln Middle School building, 330 Howertown Road.
Catasauqua will soon be home to a ministry school focused on the teachings of the Bible.
Revolution Church Bishop Jim McIver is the founder of the Impact School of Ministry. Classes will officially begin March 1 and will be taught by McIver at the church, located at 5 Race St.
“The Holy Spirit birthed the vision in me to start Impact School of Ministry,” McIver said. “Revolution Church is in Catasauqua and that is where the classes will be held.”
ValleyChurch has been offering worship services in Northampton’s Roxy theater, located at 2004 Main St., since July 2015.
The church, which meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday, currently has about 20 to 25 members, is led by Pastor Phil Miller.
Congregation members come from Allentown, Bethlehem, Slatington, New Tripoli, Catasauqua and Northampton.
Miller, who is a native of North Catasauqua and a 1988 graduate of Catasauqua High School, is a trained musician, with credentials in both performance and education.