Catasauqua Press

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School board approves proposed budget

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Baccalaureate ceremony set for June 4; commencement to be held June 5

Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the proposed 2017-18 budget at its May 9 meeting.

The proposed final budget estimates general fund expenditures of $29.9 million, while balancing anticipated revenues and expenditures. The budget remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 Index of 3.2 percent.

The real estate tax rate for Lehigh County homeowners is anticipated at 14.4072 mills and 56.3513 mills for Northampton County residents, which amounts to a millage rate increase.

The average tax increase is expected to be $74.05.

Elementary school: First-graders going on trip to Wildlands

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in School

Sheckler first-grade students will be going on a field trip to the Wildlands Conservancy and Fish Hatchery May 12. This trip ties in with the living things section of their science studies. Students should dress accordingly and wear sneakers.


Third-grade students will be taking a field trip to Lost River Caverns May 18. This trip will tie in with the studies on rocks and minerals they are learning about in their science class.


Middle school: Achievement night set for this evening

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in School

Catasauqua Middle School will hold its achievement night 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, May 11, at the school. The annual event gives students the opportunity to showcase projects worked on during the year.


The school’s Parent Teacher Forum is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. May 16 in the library.


Algebra I Keystone Exams will be administered to students May 16 and 17.


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High school: Sign-ups underway for fall sports

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in School

Sign-ups for fall sports are now taking place in the high school athletic office. If you are interested in participating in a fall sport, please sign up now.


Open gym time for girls basketball is now available in the Catasauqua High School gymnasium. From May 8 on, gym time will be available 3-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday afternoons.


Sheckler’s new playground

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Picnic table is dedicated in memory of Darious Condash

It was a time of celebration and somber reflection May 3 as Sheckler Elementary School officially dedicated its new playground.

A picnic table also was dedicated in memory of former student Darious Condash, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident Nov. 6, 2015.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told the students sitting outside in front of the playground they should take ownership of and responsibility for the new addition. The new playground, he said, very well might be a memory the fourth-grade class refers to years from now.