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School district provides meals

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

In light of the COVID-19 school closures, Catasauqua Area School District personnel were concerned about their students.

It has been reported more than half the district’s students are on free or reduced-price lunches. Many students rely on school meals for their nutrition for the day.

To help combat these concerns, Catasauqua Community Cares Program stepped up and prepared to supply local children with food for the closure. In a March 16 release, CASD Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler asked anyone needing food to reach out to C3P to schedule a pickup time.

School board hears details on budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler gave an overview of the 2020-21 budget during the March 10 school board meeting. He reported his preliminary budget is aimed at being fiscally responsible and preparing proactively for the future.

Spengler noted the district took into account data from the districtwide needs assessment, as well as administration and board input. It was said some of the areas needing attention are safety and security, academic offerings, class sizes, arts integration, the stadium project and faculty projects.

Catasauqua woman seeks adaptive bike for grandson

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Many people have fond memories of riding bicycles as children and the feeling of freedom that goes with it. For some, this is not an option. Children with special needs are often denied this simple childhood pleasure due to their extra needs and the high cost of adaptive bikes.

Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway is seeking to change that for some, and a Catasauqua woman is aiming to help her grandson get a bike to ride around town.

Reed named a Community Champion at annual meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Lois Reed, Catasauqua Area School District business supervisor, was named a Penn State Extension 2019-20 Community Champion for her work in the district.

The Lehigh County Communities That Care, a joint effort of Whitehall-Coplay CTC and Catasauqua PAYS Committee, held its annual meeting Jan. 23 in the Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

During this meeting, two Community Champions were named — one from each area. Michelle Khouri, Whitehall-Coplay School District registrar, was the other honoree.

Lutz-Doemling promoted to assistant superintendent

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Feb. 11, Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling was unanimously voted to the position of assistant superintendent.

She formerly served as the director of curriculum and assessment for the district.

According to Superintendent Robert Spengler, Lutz-Doemling is “extremely well deserving” of the promotion and noted he looks forward to their continued work together.

Sheckler adds garden to teach students about nature, science

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Kristine Kostura, Brad Evans and Dan Kotran, faculty members at Sheckler Elementary School, noticed an opportunity to bring a new hands-on learning experience to students while also getting them outside and enjoying nature.

This is how the school’s pollinator garden came into existence.

The three teachers share a passion for the environment, according to Kostura. They realized an underutilized courtyard on the property could be turned into a “living classroom” space.

Innovative Arts school put on lockdown

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Nerf gun with foam darts found at student’s bus stop in Allentown

Police officers were called to Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, approximately 7:45 a.m. Jan. 29 for a report of an armed student on the premises.

According to Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish, school administrators were alerted by a student that another student had arrived at school with a handgun in his waistband.

Police arrived on the scene, and the school was put into lockdown. Officers began to clear the school, and the young suspect was taken into custody.

Students thank Catasauqua school board members for service

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

January is School Director Recognition Month in Pennsylvania, and the district did not disappoint during the Jan. 14 school board meeting.

Each of the three schools in the district prepared a presentation as a way to thank the directors. The presentations were largely created by the students to acknowledge the advantages and opportunities school board members help provide.

District votes ‘no’ to charter school renewal

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Eight months after the initial hearing, the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education voted unanimously not to renew the charter for Innovative Arts Academy Charter School.

The vote took place during the Jan. 14 regular school board meeting.

Catasauqua residents and teachers, staff, families and students of IAACS filled the CASD administrative board room May 21 and 22, 2019, for the charter renewal hearing before the board of education.