The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the retirements of six staff members with 138 years of combined service.
The retirements approved by the board April 12 include Catasauqua High School Assistant Principal Jean Susko, who has served the district for 34 years, and CHS teachers Christine Hivizdak and Susan Santa Maria-Ritter.
Hivizdak, who has 19 years of service with the district, is currently a special education teacher and Ritter, with 14 years of service, teaches Spanish.
The safety and quality of the water supply at many older current and former Lehigh Valley-area school district buildings continue to prompt questions from parents, families and residents, as well as local media who want to know: Is the water free from lead and ultimately safe to drink?
Lehigh County Authority (LCA) Chief Executive Officer Liesel M. Gross presented the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners with a report on the quality of the county’s drinking water at the April 13 board meeting.
According to Gross, LCA has roughly 600 miles of water main.
“None of them are made of lead,” she said.
The suburban division, consisting of Upper and Lower Macungie townships, has no lead service lines, Gross added.
“That’s primarily because of the [newer] age of the lines,” she said.
A flood of recent media stories involving the testing of water for lead in the pipes and fountains of older school district buildings has caused many residents across the Lehigh Valley to question the safety of their own school’s water supply.
The Catasauqua Area School District was one step ahead of its neighboring school districts in testing the water supply in its buildings for possible lead exposure.
Kathryn Bollinger Johnson surpassed a life milestone April 1 that few ever experience. She is 100 years of age.
Last Sunday, Kathryn was treated to a very special birthday party, as she was surrounded by her brother, Del Bollinger of North Catasauqua, and family members who traveled from as far away as New York, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Australia to celebrate her life. The party took place at the Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed and reappointed a number of area residents to fill board, authority and administration posts at the March 23 meeting.
Commissioner Geoff Brace said the governance committee recommended the appointment and reappointment of the individuals.
William Erdman of Upper Macungie Township was reappointed to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.
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.