Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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.

Concerned parent addresses board

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Mother requests line of communication for students to outside world

Concerns about students having a line of communication to the outside world were raised at the Catasauqua Area Board of Education meeting March 13.

Michelle Stillo, the mother of a sixth-grader, took the floor to discuss her apprehension with the current school policy regarding cellphones in the classrooms. Students are not permitted to carry their cellphones during school. However, as a family rule, Stillo requires her son to always have his phone with him, though turned off while at school, in case of an emergency.

School board OKs full-day kindergarten

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

CHS principal is named to replace retiring Ascani

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met Feb. 13 to discuss new initiatives and accomplishments in the school district.

Stephen M. Becker took the oath of office as the newly appointed school director on the board.

“Thank you for letting me be a part of the school district,” Becker said in regards to his appointment to the board. “I’m very excited.”

Learning money skills at the Shack

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Sheckler Elementary School students get a unique opportunity to learn about business and get firsthand experience working with money.

Sheckler Shack is the school’s version of a school store. According to second-grade teacher and one of the Sheckler Shack coordinators, Jami Gallo, they set up the little store four times a year and sell school supplies, such as pencils, folders, erasers, scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes and crayons, at an inexpensive price.

Taking the field

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Former CHS coach has adopted pooch playing in Puppy Bowl

When the Falzone family adopted Archie, an 8-week-old Pomeranian mix puppy, they didn’t realize they were bringing home a star.

Tom Falzone, former head football coach at Catasauqua High School, and his wife, Stephanie, decided to adopt a puppy in August through the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, to surprise their children, Marina, Hailey, Peyton and Phoebe.

The family of six fostered Archie until November when they were able to officially adopt him.

CASD honors board, students

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Members of Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education were recognized for their work Jan. 9 during the regular meeting of the board.

In honor of School Board Recognition Month, each member received a little gift, and CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler took time to share his appreciation for the board members, their contributions to the school district and their collaborative and open spirit.

CASD Board of Education reorganizes, honors students

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met 7 p.m. Dec. 5 for a reorganization meeting before its regular meeting, which followed at 7:15 p.m.

Carol Cunningham, former vice president, was unanimously elected the board’s president. Duane Dietrich, former secretary, was elected vice president. Jason Bashaw was nominated as secretary to fill the spot vacated by Dietrich.

Parents share concerns with Catasauqua Area School Board

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education heard from some concerned high school parents at its Nov. 13 meeting, held at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville.

Their primary concerns centered on the girls soccer coaching staff and included allegations of favoritism and unfairness. Several parents shared their personal experiences with the coaches and their daughters’ frustrations with the board.