The Saucon Valley School District board at its Aug. 12 board meeting refused to accept a new contract proposal presented by the district teachers' union.
The boardroom was filled with residents and teachers who expressed differing opinions regarding teacher negotiations with the district.
Negotiations have been ongoing since 2012, with teachers currently working under a contract that expired June of 2012.
Repairs to a retention pond and flashing on the roof of Saucon Valley HS may be in the works for the Saucon Valley School District in the future.
School board members listened to district Director of Operations Wally Zimpfer at the July 17 meeting discuss the importance of making repairs to the retention pond and the roof.
Zimpfer told board members the pond must be repaired due to defects.
"The current system has failed," he said. "We have a huge washout at the mouth."
According to Zimpfer, the project requires filling in the retention pond.
It's six years in a row for Saucon Valley School District.
At the May 19 district board meeting, members unanimously approved the 2014-15 budget with a zero percent tax increase.
Although a few board members recognized the possibility of a tax increase in the future, the board agreed no tax increase was warranted for the upcoming academic year.
To help balance the budget, the board voted to use $79,570 out of its $13 million savings account.
The Saucon Valley HS Class of 2014 entered the ranks of alumni last Friday evening.
Family and friends watched as the 187 graduates proudly processed into the high school auditorium, women dressed in white caps and gowns and men adorned in red, as one by one they took their seats on stage.
Class of 2014 valedictorian Rachel Smith and salutatorian Sloane Smith presented a joint commencement address. Both thanked family, teachers and school staff for supporting them throughout the years.
Lehigh Valley Christian HS presented the Class of 2014, consisting of 32 graduates June 6 during the 26th commencement exercise at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown.
After the soft tolling of a bell, the new graduates proudly made their way down the middle of the church sanctuary, women dressed in red caps and gowns and men in black.
Class of 2014 President Geneva Piergiovanni welcomed the graduates, staff and family and friends.
The Moravian Academy class of 2014, with pomp and style, joined the ranks of alumni Saturday during the school's commencement exercises at the Merle-Smith Campus, Bethlehem.
A cool breeze and blue skies ushered in the 75 newly minted graduates.
Class of 2014 President Nicollette Amico provided the remarks. She asked her classmates to remember their time at Moravian Academy. The school, she said, has armed them with the skills needed to succeed in the future.
Saucon Valley School District School Board members questioned the cost and worth of approving a conference at the Jan. 28 board meeting.
At issue for board members was Saucon Valley HS math teacher Elizabeth Allen's request to attend the NATM annual meeting April 1 in New Orleans. The board approved Allen attending the conference 6-2 with board members Susan Baxter and John Dowling opposed.
Baxter questioned the length of time Allen will be absent from the district.
A tax increase may be needed in the Saucon Valley School District next year.
At the Jan. 14 board meeting, Superintendent Sandra Fellin presented a $41.6 million 2014-15 preliminary budget.
Fellin told the board an increase might be needed to fund a shortfall of $450,000. According to Fellin, a tax increase would result in a 0.81 mill increase. The millage rate would increase from 51.74 currently to 52.55 mills.
Hellertown Borough Council was informed at its Dec. 16 meeting the recent snowstorm resulted in a number of residents who tossed snow on their property into the street.
Tom Henshaw, borough public works director, told council the problem of improper snow removal is the worst he has seen to date.
Pursuant to borough ordinance, throwing snow into the streets is prohibited, resulting in a citation to the offending party.
According to Henshaw, residents with the larger yards appeared to be the responsible party found improperly disposing of snow.
Bethlehem residents gathered together the morning of Dec. 7 at Moravian Village to celebrate the 48th annual Community Advent Breakfast.
Shelley Brown, president and CEO of The State Theater, Easton, delivered this year's advent message. Former Bethlehem mayor and city council member Gordon Mower gave the opening remarks and formally introduced Brown.
Brown, a resident of Bethlehem, said during the Christmas season, Bethlehem lives up to its name as the Christmas City.