Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

Outtages caused no damage to buildings

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

In a remarkably brief regular meeting Feb. 25, typical agenda items and student representative reports were followed by a mere 10 minutes of voting.

The only subject discussed was the result of weather; high winds had caused three schools – Governor Wolf ES, Freedom HS, and Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech – to close for the day. Superintendent Joseph Roy said all the issues resulted from damaged transformers, and the schools themselves were fine.

All the buildings were operational by that evening, he said, though, “I did get a message from a Liberty student saying, ‘This is the first time I’m jealous of Freedom.’”

Approved items include awarding a $1.5 million bid for roof replacement at Liberty and electronic technology upgrades eligible for federal reimbursement (called E-rate).

During the Northampton Community College committee report, Dr. Dean Donaher said members had recently sat through a four-and-a-half hour discussion with Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation President Don Cunningham, whom he said had business and financing ideas that should be of interest to the school board, and he suggested Cunningham be invited to speak to them.

When asked if Cunningham would need four-and-a-half hours, he assured members the actual presentation was only about an hour long.

Lastly, Roy reminds the community that because of all the snow days, April 18 is now a make-up day at school.