Dr. Nicholas Gidosh has been a busy man since walking the halls of Whitehall High School. Gidosh, who was featured in a previous Whitehall-Coplay Press article in October 2016, is an optometry professional at Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown. Gidosh has broadened his area of care in recent months after spending time in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and China to help spread knowledge and treatment for those in need.
The Catasauqua School Board had many questions about the education being offered by the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, and IAACS officials came to a meeting Tuesday with answers.
The special school board meeting was held to hear the testimony of charter school Principal Douglas Taylor and charter school Solicitor Dan Fennick.
In two prior Catasauqua board meetings, former members of the charter school staff had voiced their concerns for the school’s well-being under the direction of Taylor because of staffing, security and faculty insurance benefit issues.
The Catasauqua Area School Board had many questions about the education being offered by the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, and IAACS officials came to a meeting Tuesday with answers.
The special school board meeting was held to hear the testimony of charter school Principal Douglas Taylor, charter school Solicitor Dan Fennick and school adviser Tom Taylor.
At the June 12 meeting of Catasauqua Area School Board, President Penny Hahn opened the meeting by calling for a moment of silence in memory of the late Sally Reiss, a school board member who had died June. 7.
“Sally was someone I truly admired and appreciated,” board member Dawn Berrigan said. “I have many fond memories of her. She will be missed.”
On the meeting agenda were approvals for a number of items.
Ann Tarafas and Elizabeth Fox, educators at Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, spoke in front of the Catasauqua Area School Board Tuesday night about the actions taking place by the school’s principal, Douglas Taylor, for the school’s special education department.
“He knows what he is doing, and he doesn’t seem to care,” said Tarafas, who teaches special education for grades 7-12.
The Catasauqua boys basketball team improved their record to 2-2 on Monday night inside Catasauqua High School, as the team defeated Saucon Valley 55-48.
The game started off slow and steady for the Rough Riders as they fell into a 10-7 hole in the first period.
Isaiah Graves scored all seven points for Catasauqua in the first quarter and would go on to score the game-high 29 points, nailing three three-pointers while going 2-for-6 at the free throw line.
The second period saw Catty rally back to an 18-18 tie heading into the half.
The 2016-2017 Catasauqua Girls Basketball team were already playing their third game in four days, this time against Notre Dame Green Pond on Monday night inside Catasauqua high school. Catty fell to their Colonial League rival 64-19.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 18-0 lead against the Rough Riders in the first period and never looked back.
Kenzie Bradley scored Catasauqua’s first point of the game with 6:33 left in the second period and would finish the game with three points while Amaiya Johnson led Catasauqua in points with 11.
The Catasauqua Rough Riders junior varsity football squad went undefeated in the 2016 season, amassing a 7-0 record.
“The passion and excitement these kids played with, it was real fun coaching them this season,” said head coach Phil Dorn who also coaches the Catty varsity team. “All the coaches were present for the JV games, for many of our younger kids this was their ‘Friday Night’. As their head coach, I could not be any more proud of their efforts every week, they played their games with excitement and enthusiasm, this was a real fun group to coach.”
The Catasauqua Rough Riders season came to a close on Thanksgiving morning as the Roughies fell to the Northampton Konkrete Kids 42-25.
The Northampton squad jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back in the 94th meeting between the two cross town rivals. Etching their first score after consecutive fourth down conversions, the K-kids offense looked like a well-oiled machine throughout the day.