Bill Nothstein, director of Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre, came before the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education Sept. 10 to request consideration for the organization.
Nothstein said during discussions he has had with Adam Schnug, Catasauqua High School principal, and Thomas Moll, CASD director of student activities, they noted the district is reworking its policy regarding the public use of school facilities. He said he was told to talk with Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent of schools, regarding CAST’s future in the district.
Catasauqua Borough was represented strongly during this year’s The Great Allentown Fair, which ran Aug. 27-Sept. 2 at Allentown Fairgrounds.
In addition to the various farming and craft ribbon winners, Catasauqua can now boast having an award-winning bartender.
Tracey Kressley represented Taylor House Brewing Company in the Grain to Glass cocktail competition, held Sept. 1 inside the Agri-Plex building.
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met Aug. 13 to finalize preparations for the 2019-20 school year.
The board approved mentor teachers for the school year. These teachers will help guide the new hires and ease the transition.
The Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education delayed a vote on the renewal of Innovative Arts Academy Charter School at the Aug. 13 meeting. Following the hearings May 21 and 22, the question remained whether or not the board would approve the charter.
IAACS was originally approved in February 2016 for a three-year charter. The school is now seeking a five-year charter renewal. According to a Jan. 16 letter between the charter school and CASD, grounds for charter nonrenewal would include the school’s failure to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards.
Catasauqua Area School District has been actively working to improve the district for the benefit of the students. In the 2018-19 school year, some changes included the addition of two school resource officers and Salisbury Behavioral Health mental health professionals in the schools. There is another group working to help the students, and it is growing and becoming more focused.
Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.
Constantly aiming to make the school district a better and safer place, Catasauqua Area School District administration and Catasauqua Police Department decided to add a second school resource officer.
“When the school district suggested adding a second school resource officer, Officer Best was the logical choice considering his experience,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.
Officer Patrick Best attended Parkland High School and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980 with a degree in criminal justice. He was hired as an officer in Catasauqua in 1982.
At the June 11 meeting of Catasauqua Area School District School Board, members unanimously approved a revised service contract with Lehigh Valley Health Network for sports medicine services for a term spanning July 2019-July 2031, with a three-year optional renewal term.
These services are provided at no cost to the district.
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education met June 11 to adopt the final budget, approve new hires and conduct other business in preparation for the 2019-20 school year.
The 2019-20 budget has general fund expenditures of $32,932,278. The anticipated revenues and expenditures are balanced with real estate tax rates of 19.5127 mills in Lehigh County and 61.1112 mills in Northampton County.
The Catasauqua High School gymnasium was buzzing with excitement June 3 as family and friends filed in to witness the graduation of the Class of 2019. About 100 students marched together to the familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Carter Weinhofer, valedictorian and class president, presented a speech on the past.
“These past few years were, in a word, indescribable,” he said.