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.
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.
At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Jan. 14, members nominated Shawn McGinley to fill the empty seat. He took his oath of office and enjoyed his first meeting as a school board member.
“It’s an honor to be here,” McGinley said, after the unanimous vote to add him to the board.
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.
Sheckler Elementary School faculty and staff were in the giving mood this holiday season. According to Principal Eric Dauberman, they donated $175 to benefit the Keystone Military Families Stockings for Soldiers initiative.
Dauberman noted one of Sheckler Elementary’s teacher’s aides, Shelly Alexander, headed up the effort. Alexander organized a dress down day at the school, with the intention of sending the money to Stockings for Soldiers.
During the Dec. 3 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education reorganization meeting, five board members took the oath of office.
Carol Cunningham, Lauren Cieslak, Duane Dietrich, Jillian Emert and Donald Panto affirmed their commitment to performing the duties of their elected offices with fidelity.
Stephen Becker was nominated to fill one of the vacant two-year-term seats on the board. He is expected to take the oath of office at the January meeting. One empty seat on the board remains.
Catasauqua Middle School students spent the month of October raising money to “help a vet get a pet.” On Nov. 5, members of CMS Student Forum, led by art teacher Kimmee Miller and sixth-grade teacher Vicki MacLaughlin, presented a check for $1,350 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 auxiliary in Egypt. The funds were accepted by Debbie Smith, auxiliary president.
During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Nov. 12, directors heard a presentation about refinancing bonds in the district.
Brad Remig, managing director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC, reported the interest rates have gone down since the board last refinanced.
“The market is good,” Remig said.
At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 8, Robert Spengler, superintendent of schools, reported district officials had an international video conference with a school in Germany. He reported they are discussing the possibility of doing a student exchange during fall 2021. The German school and CASD are connected through a mutual partnership with B. Braun.
At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 8, board member Donald Panto reported Robert Spengler, superintendent of schools; Shelley L. Keffer, coordinator of student services; himself; and representatives from Salisbury Behavioral Health were invited to present during a recent Pennsylvania School Boards Association conference.
He noted they had been invited to discuss the success the school district has had with implementing a school-based outpatient service addressing the mental health of students and their families.