In November, Saucon Valley High School Principal Beth Guarriello presented a plan to update policies in the HS Student Handbook. At that time, a proposal was presented to ban five words that were considered “hate speech.” Those words were “Bitch”, the N-Word, “Terrorist”, “Retarded” and “Gay.”
At the council meeting Dec. 4, the borough highlighted the success of the recent Hellertown Light Up Night. On hand was Jessica O’Donnell from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. According to O’Donnell, with this year’s expansion of the event from one to three hours, an estimated 1,200 people were in attendance. Individuals came from across the Lehigh Valley and beyond, including Phillipsburg, Easton and Carbon County. The success of the event promoted increased foot traffic to the downtown area.
Two outgoing school board members received special recognition for their years of service.
Members Ralph Puerta and John Dowling are leaving the board. Puerta served from 2005-17 and in a previous stint during the 80s and 90s. Dowling served from 2013-17.
Both members were presented with a plaque of recognition by Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler.
The plaques read, “To honor your service to education by word and deed, your presence has enriched the lives of students and served as example for all.”
After Hellertown council authorized the hire of a new part-time police officer, Kyle Bartholomew was sworn in by Mayor Richard Fluck Nov. 20.
In addition to the authorization, council voted to waive 300 hours of training based on Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp’s recommendation.
Over the past five consecutive Mondays, Hellertown Borough Council has met to go over budgets. Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft outlined the results of the preliminary budget at the Nov. 6 Council meeting. An important aspect of the budget involves recycling pickup.
The borough has received bids from companies to handle the recycling collection. Due to the increasing cost of bids, the preliminary budget calls for a $10 increase in recycling fees for residents.
The YWCA Bethlehem Adult Day Services Center participated in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Peace is Power art project. Local seniors with special needs colored Peace is Power posters that will be mailed to and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. YWCA Bethlehem Executive Director Stephanie Hnatiw came up with the idea when she saw it publicized in the New York Times. The project is organized by Yoko Ono.
Miller Heights ES held its 17th annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 10 and patriotism was on display with music, readings and special moments that honored military veterans.
The program contained musical numbers performed by the Liberty HS Brass Ensemble, Freedom HS Fife and Drum Corps and Men’s Choir. Also included was a rendition of “Taps” on trumpet by fourth grade teacher Louis Poczak.
Hellertown Borough Council unanimously voted to approve the purchase of a large wheel loader for a price of $116,500. Last week’s budget session originally projected to make the purchase next year, however, after further discussion it was decided that the purchase could not wait with the upcoming winter season approaching. The Borough will trade in its current loader for $27,000. The model they are purchasing is a 2017 Case 621G XT. The Case loader is a multi-use heavy equipment machine with an operating weight of 27,903 with four rubber wheels and a large front bucket.
Out of concern for declining math performance over the last couple of years, Saucon Valley ES has made changes for this year including a proposal for more changes being brought to the school board for review.
The school has implemented an additional half hour of daily math instruction called Math IE (Intervention and Extension) this year, and special education teachers will be in the classroom for the full period and will work with special needs students as well as other students’ math needs.
Nitschmann MS hosted an open house Oct. 4 for the public to showcase the new $53.1 million, 180,000-square-foot building.
The evening began with Principal Peter Mayes giving a brief introduction in the school’s auditorium before inviting everyone to explore the new school. Many teachers and students were posted around the campus and in classrooms to greet the public and answer questions.