Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education held a special meeting Oct. 9 to discuss the proposed renovation of Alumni Field, 855 Walnut St.
The meeting was held in the library at Catasauqua Middle School with representatives from D’Huy Engineering — James Lynch, principal, and Lori Deutsch, director of business development — who explained the results of the feasibility study so far. Deutsch is a graduate of Catasauqua High School, Class of 1991.
Members of Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre and other community organizations attended the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 8 to hear the revised policy regarding the use of district facilities by outside groups.
One of the major changes to the use of facilities policy revolves around access to the district auditorium. According to the policy, no outside groups will have access to the auditorium, effective May 5, 2020.
The time has come for North Catasauqua Betterment Committee’s 13th annual Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest and car show.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. Grove Street from Arch Street to Sixth Street alongside the park will be closed the day of the festival.
There will be a car show, food, live music, a raffle, craft and flea market and kids’ activities.
Registration for the car show is 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your classic car out to be appreciated by fellow car lovers.
Bridgeway Academy, 334 Second St., Catasauqua, celebrated its 30th anniversary Oct. 1 with cake, photos, stories and fun.
The company offers home school programs and curriculum, programs for home education, online home schooling programs and more. Some of the biggest attractions to this style of schooling are the flexibility and fully accredited programs.
During the Sept. 10 Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting, Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug said the change into block scheduling went well. He noted it is a drastic change from previous years and said he is proud of the students and staff for adjusting well. While he admits there are still some details to work out, he believes they made the right choice to change the scheduling.
Amber Kalnas, one of the student representatives on the board, agreed it was a smooth transition into the new system.
“I don’t feel as stressed as usual,” she said.
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.