Due to the increased number of students in classes, the school board voted 5-4 Sept. 11 to hire an additional fourth-grade teacher.
School board members Charles Bartolet, Lanita Lum, Sandra Miller, Ralph Puerta and Sharon Stack supported the hiring. Susan Baxter, Edward Inghrim, Bryan Eichfeld and Michael Karabin opposed the measure.
During the meeting parents told members of the school board its budgetary cost-cutting measures are affecting the quality of education offered by the school district.
The Saucon Valley School Board heard a presentation Aug. 28 by President of Provident Energy Consulting Joe Solomon regarding a district-wide energy savings plan.
Solomon's proposal, which could begin as early as next summer, would replace a five-decade-old generator located at the high school and utilize natural gas at the elementary and middle schools, as well as replace aged rooftop units.
Solomon advised the school board that it is cost -effective and in the district's best interest to replace the equipment.
Under beautiful blue skies and a cool, crisp breeze in Detwiller Square last Tuesday, the Borough of Hellertown officials commemorated the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and the lives lost on that fateful day by accepting and raising a U.S. flag during a public ceremony.
The flag, donated to the Hellertown Historical Society by an anonymous donor, was previously flown in Shanksville, Pa., at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into an open field, killing all aboard.
Dianne Cope Borovies, of the Hellertown Historical Society, emphasized the importance of the flag.
Kim LaBrake of the Saucon Valley Library Task Force told Borough Council it is feasible to consolidate library services for Lower Saucon citizens at its Aug. 20 meeting.
LaBrake said the feasibility study has been conducted over a period of 18 months and focuses on four areas, which include demographics and statistics, building, technology and finance. The study would not be implemented immediately.
"Nothing is taking effect," LaBrake said. "It's only a feasibility study for Hellertown and Lower Saucon to look at to start discussions themselves."
Hellertown resident Ernest Svites Jr. came before borough council Aug. 20 asking council members to grant him an exemption to installing a sidewalk on his property, located at 580 Miller St.
Svites, who has resided at the property intermittently since 1956, argued a sidewalk is not necessary due to the infrequent pedestrian and vehicular traffic that passes by his residence. He also argued the slope and the costs of installing a sidewalk, averaging between $9,000-$13,000, justified granting an exemption.
"Time has stood still on Miller Street," he told council.
Christine Bauer approached Hellertown Borough Council Aug. 6 regarding its recent decision to increase pool admission rates. "Something needs to be done other than just raising the rates for everybody," said Bauer. "You're punishing Hellertown residents with that decision."Council increased daily rates from $5 to $10 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children last month due to the borough receiving numerous complaints ranging from lewd language being used and thefts and smoking on the grounds to individuals transporting coolers into the pool area without proper authorization from staff.
Due to recent incidents at the Hellertown pool, Hellertown Borough Council July 16 unanimously approved increasing pool rates from $5 to $10 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children.
Rate changes resulted from discussions July 2 regarding reports of recent thefts, parents leaving children unattended at the pool, the use of inappropriate language and failure to follow pool rules.
Councilwoman Gail Nolf said the rate increases are necessary to help reduce the influx of non-residents.