Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Longtime teachers retire from Catasauqua Area School District

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Two of the recently retired teachers, DiAnne Galm and David Burker, from the Catasauqua Area School District can boast long careers with the district.

Galm has been a fitness and wellness teacher in the district for 20 years.

She started at Sheckler Elementary School, moved to Catasauqua Middle School and finished her career at Catasauqua High School.

“The bonus to this is how I followed amazing groups of students through their journey from elementary school through high school. We grew up together,” Galm said.

Two Catasauqua Area School District bus drivers retire

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Several members of the Catasauqua Area School District retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

There were two members of the transportation department who retired — Sam Burrows and Thomas Eroh.

Burrows has been a bus driver for eight years. He said he has enjoyed watching the students grow from their first day on the bus to his last day behind the wheel. He particularly enjoyed transporting the teams to sporting events and getting to watch them compete.

School board prepares for new hires

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

The Catasauqua Area Board of Education celebrated the end of the school year with a gathering to honor the district’s retirees before the June 12 meeting.

After the festivities, the board got down to business and started preparing for the next year.

Amanda Meiley was approved as a biology teacher at Catasauqua High School for the 2018-19 school year. She previously worked in the Allentown School District and will be replacing Janet Schmidt, who retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Student teachers and interns were also approved by the board.

Blondies Cupcakes owner opens yoga studio

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Rebecca Zukowski, owner of Blondies Cupcakes in Catasauqua, has opened her own yoga studio, Flow Yoga & Wellness.

The Catasauqua studio, located at 767 Front St., opened its doors March 21.

The community-based wellness center offers a variety of different classes. According to Zukowski, one of the goals of the studio is “making fitness and mindfulness fun.”

CHS principal is retiring

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

David Ascani, Catasauqua High School principal, is retiring at the end of this month.

Ascani got his start as a science teacher at Liberty High School. He then worked and taught at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in the alternative education program. He served as an administrator his last two years there. After that, he worked as an assistant principal at Emmaus High School for five years.

Class of 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

123 graduates join ranks

Family, friends and district faculty and staff gathered June 4 for the 150th Catasauqua High School graduation. The 123 graduating seniors filed into the high school gymnasium to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Catasauqua High School band under the direction of Robert Arnold.

The student speakers focused on the past, present and future.

School board fills empty seat, approves new district hires

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education filled its final seat during the May 8 meeting. Following a round of interviews with three candidates, the board members elected Lauren Cieslak to join their ranks.

The other hopefuls were William Nothstein and Mike Henning.

Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent, asked the candidates questions regarding how they would handle budgetary problems and address important, pressing decisions as well as what interested them in joining the school board.

CASD learns of bond restructuring details, hires new teachers

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met April 10 to discuss bond restructuring, new techbooks, hires and more.

Brad Remig, managing director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC, and Melissa Hughes, senior analyst, presented their bond restructuring plan for the board. The focus of the presentation was how to best restructure the school district’s debt to maximize efficiency. After Remig and Hughes presented their plan, Superintendent Robert Spengler shared his support of the program.