The Saucon Valley School District has hired Michael Sakelalrides as the new K-8 assistant principal at a yearly salary of $95,000, effective July 1. Sakelalrides has been the interim assistant principal for the last couple of months after former assistant principal James Deegan was moved over to the middle school and appointed as the principal there.
At the May 14 Saucon Valley School Board meeting, members reviewed mission statement choices as a part of the district’s evolving comprehensive plan.
A subcommittee met recently to provide an expanded mission statement to go along with the one-line mission statement in the plan. The subcommittee came up with three options for the board to discuss.
SVSD Business Manager David Bonenberger revealed April 23 the proposed 2019-20 budget , which totals $47,401,439 with no tax increase. Expenses include a 2.45 percent increase compared to last year’s budget. Local revenue is approximately 78 percent, with 22 percent coming from the state.
During the May 6 council meeting, a citizen inquired about the possibility of adding left turn arrows at the lights from Main Street onto Walnut and Water streets. The traffic on Main turning onto Walnut, especially during the commuting hours, can get backed up all the way to the McDonald’s at times, he said.
WIth a ribbon-cutting and light refreshments, officials celebrated 50th anniversary of the 660 Delaware Avenue Post Office April 17.
The festivities were open to the public, and Hellertown Postmaster Joe DiRusso received several honorary recognitions from governmental officials. In honor of the milestone, the building was festooned with artifacts of the borough’s postal delivery history, which dates back to the early1800s.
Items on display included photos, newspaper articles, locks, letter box receipts and a very special sign on loan from the Hellertown Historical Society.
Southside Bethlehem held its sixth annual Southside Arts & Music Festival May 3 and 4.
Unlike last year’s Steelstacks activities, this year the focus was more on art-based programs at the Banana Factory with free live music. It was an opportunity for the community to experience art and music in the thriving Southside district.
Administrators announced May 6 a ribbon-cutting for the new Dimmick Park playground, in conjunction with the Hellertown and Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce and the Hellertown Summer Concert Series. The event will be held July 14 at 5:30 p.m.
A large contingent of parents and students attended the recent Saucon Valley school board meeting. On the agenda was the recognition of efforts and awards received for numerous students who participated in the Lehigh Valley MathCounts Competition, Robotics Club, iTeam and a wrestling athlete.
Council unanimously approved the 2019 Hellertown Road Project, which consists of repaving a number of streets in the borough that need attention. With warmer weather coming the project will begin soon, but no specific date mentioned.
The project will cover Constitution Avenue from Walnut to Magnolia streets, Magnolia to Durham Streets, and Whitaker Street from West High to Bachman streets.
Hanover Township held its annual Easter egg hunt both indoors and out March 30. The day was filled with sun and unusually mild temperatures in the mid-70s. There was a total of 3 egg hunts broken down by age groups of 0-2, 3-5, 6-8. Each ran a half hour apart, with the first hunt taking place in the gymnasium inside the community center for the toddlers (0-2). The remaining hunts took place outside. There was large gathering of families with all the participating kids pre-registered for the hunt. In addition, the Easter Bunny made an appearance and light refreshments were served.