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Saucon Valley to offer full-day K in fall 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

It’s official: Saucon Valley School District will transition to full-day kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

The school board voted 7-2 in support of the full-day program at the March 22 meeting. Voting in opposition were board members Edward Inghrim and Linda Leewright.

Inghrim said he likes how Southern Lehigh School District laid out its full-day kindergarten program.

Lehigh County commissioners appoint three to boards, authority

Monday, April 4, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners voted to fill three authority and board positions during their March 9 meeting.

Kevin Baker of Lower Macungie Township was appointed to serve on the Lehigh County Authority.

His term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

Paul Semmel of North Whitehall Township was named to serve on the Lehigh County Conservation District board. Semmel’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Vicky Kistler of Whitehall Township will serve on the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services Advisory Board.

Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Board finds $3M shortfall

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District, like many districts across the state, is feeling the budget impasse and crunch.

The school board discussed a nearly $3 million shortfall in its 2016-17 budget at the March 9 meeting.

The 2016-17 proposed budget amounts to $45.5 million. The board previously approved a resolution indicating it would not raise taxes beyond 1.24 mills. In the event the board approves a 1.24 mill tax increase, the district’s tax rate would jump from 51.74 mills to 52.98 mills.

Good Shepherd to manage Cedarbrook Nursing Home

Monday, March 7, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will soon begin managing the financial and operational affairs of Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a two-year, $2.2 million contract Feb. 24 with GS Management Services by a vote of 8-1.

Voting in opposition was Commissioner Michael Schware.

The contract with GS Management runs 2016-18.

Full-day kindergarten still an issue

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District officials continue to discuss and consider the transition from half-day to full-day kindergarten.

Lehigh University Assistant Professor Brook Sawyer presented the school board with statistical data Feb. 9 supporting the transition.

According to Sawyer, moving to full-day benefits the students and district by decreasing drop-out rates and increasing the reading and writing skills of students.

Students who are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, Sawyer told the board.

Commissioners nix reappointment of long-time LCA member

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another 5-year term on the board.

Commissioners nix reappointment of long-time LCA member

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently voted to replace 10-year member of the Lehigh County Authority Emrich M. Stellar, Jr.

The 5-4 vote to replace Stellar, of Upper Saucon Township, occurred at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Voting in opposition to Stellar’s reappointment was board Chairman Brad Osborne and commissioners Tom Creighton, Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein and Michael Schware.

Stellar was seeking another 5-year term on the board.

Board revamps district gifted student program

Monday, February 8, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Saucon Valley School District’s gifted program has seen a few modifications.

The school board received an update at the Jan.13 meeting from gifted education consultant Dr. Christina Anderson.

Anderson was brought on board last year to lead a task force consisting of parents, students, district administrators and board members. She was initially asked to explore and define the term “gifted.”

“Every district has a different definition,” she said. “Everyone’s definition of gifted is different.”

Count commisioners resolve to end veterans’ homlessness

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County is poised to end homelessness among the area’s veterans population.

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution aimed at ending military veteran homeless throughout the Lehigh Valley at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting.

The chief sponsor of the resolution, Commissioner Geoff Brace, called the issue of veterans homelessness a moral one.

“Our veterans deserve our unqualified support as an expression of our gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices they made,” Brace told the board.

Whitehall man pens book on military life in Vietnam

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

1966 draft delayed college

Philip Wavrek of Whitehall Township not only kept an almost daily account of his experiences as a U.S. Army soldier while serving in the Vietnam War but, many years later, used those accounts to author a book titled “The Third Herd: My Viet Nam Experience.”

Wavrek presented the book and gave a talk on his war experiences during a recent meeting of the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.

The title of the book, Wavrek said, comes from the nickname given to the unit with which he served — the 188th military police company.