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Saucon Valley: Board chooses new asst. supt.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Saucon Valley School Board last month unanimously approved the hiring of Susan Mowrer-Benda as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Mowrer-Benda, a native of the Lehigh Valley, currently serves as the director of elementary education for Bensalem Township School District. She replaces outgoing former Assistant Superintendent Carl Adkinson, who resigned in the summer.

"It's really been a goal for me to come back home," she told the board.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Commissioners give Magelian Behavioral Health one more year

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners has decided to retain Magelian Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc. for one more year.

The board voted 7-0 Dec. 17 in favor of Magelian.

Lisa Scheller, chair of the board, said the citizens who have attended meetings to express concern with the current provider will benefit from the quality of services.

"The work advocates have done is going to lead to better outcomes," she said.

Scheller stressed a no vote would result in the board investing time in searching for a new provider.

Lehigh Valley: Overdose drug to be authorized

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Police departments in Lehigh County will soon be authorized to administer Naloxone.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced the new initiative at a Dec. 22, 2014, press conference at the Whitehall Township municipal complex.

Funding for the program will be provided by Capital BlueCross, which will allow police departments to purchase Naloxone. The drug is used to stabilize individuals who have overdosed on drugs, including heroin.

Martin stressed the necessity and utility of the drug, citing 46 overdose deaths in Lehigh County through August 2014.

Board rejects Cedarbrook upgrade

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners are not convinced of a possible renovation project at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.

At the Dec. 10 meeting, the board rejected a $1.5 million-proposed project by a vote of 6-2.

Voting in support of the proposal were Commissioners Geoff Brace and David Jones Sr.

The board instead called for a study of the nursing home's financial condition before voting in support of the project.

County Director of General Services Rick Molchaney said he was disappointed by the decision.

SAUCON VALLEY: District teachers seek COL increase

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District teachers at last month's meeting packed the board room to share with board members the difficulties of working without a current contract and pay increases.

Rich Simononis, Saucon Valley Education Association union negotiator, and high school teachers, demanded the board move to binding arbitration.

"It's proven tonight that the teachers and the school board have an adversarial relationship," he said. "We gave up $1 million in our contract proposal."

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Commissioners override three of Muller's vetoes

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Three of Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller's six budget amendment vetoes have been overridden by the board of commissioners.

The commissioners met Nov. 5 to tackle the possibility of overriding all six of the executive vetoes.

The three amendments to will remain intact include using $1.25 million from the county reserve fund to reduce real estate taxes by $8, eradicating longevity pay for non-union county employees in 2015 and requiring the commissioners to offer insight before retaining the management company that currently runs Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Free parking for meeting attendees suggested

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners want free parking for visitors who attend commissioners meetings.

The board discussed the issue at the Nov. 12 meeting.

Some board members argued a fee of any sort is unfair to the community at large.

"They should be able to park for free," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said. "They should not have to pay $3, $10 or even one penny."

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Free parking for meeting attendees suggested

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners want free parking for visitors who attend commissioners meetings.

The board discussed the issue at the Nov. 12 meeting.

Some board members argued a fee of any sort is unfair to the community at large.

"They should be able to park for free," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said. "They should not have to pay $3, $10 or even one penny."

LEHIGH COUNTY: Commissioners override three of Muller's vetoes

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Three of Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller's six budget amendment vetoes have been overridden by the board of commissioners.

The commissioners met Nov. 5 to tackle the possibility of overriding all six of the executive vetoes.

The three amendments to will remain intact include using $1.25 million from the county reserve fund to reduce real estate taxes by $8, eradicating longevity pay for non-union county employees in 2015 and requiring the commissioners to offer insight before retaining the management company that currently runs Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown.

Saucon Valley: Contract negotiations at empasse

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Saucon Valley School District and its teachers' union remain at a stalemate over a possible contract.

At the Oct. 14 school board meeting, board member Ralph Puerta delivered the sobering news.

"We are at an impasse," he said.

The Saucon Valley Education Association teachers' union earlier in the month rejected the district's contract proposal, which is based on an independent fact-finder's report that calls for higher salaries in the last two years for entry-level teachers and smaller raises for experienced teachers at the high end of the salary bracket.