Bethlehem Area School Board members addressed a recent controversy around charter schools and race at their Dec. 16 meeting.
On Dec. 5, BASD hosted a press conference to discuss charter reforms. A reporter from another media outlet asked why parents choose charter schools, and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy’s response included a long list of items, including a longer school day and busing. The last item Roy mentioned was that some parents may choose charter schools to avoid their children attending school with students from other races or from poverty backgrounds.
As family and friends travel home for the holidays, it is important to remember the comfort and safety of the furry member of the family. Today, there are more pet-friendly travel options than ever before, and with the right preparation, pet owners can happily bring pets along by car, plane, or train.
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A special school board meeting was held on Dec. 10 to review and ultimately vote on a new collective bargaining agreement, which will extend from July 2020 through June 2023. The contract passed narrowly by a 5-4 vote, with Edward Andres, Bryan Eichfeld, Michael Karabin and Shawn Welch voting “no.” All members were present.
Around $147,000 was raised by The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) at their 2019 Hearts of Gold Gala Nov. 9. Guests nattily dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction of children’s artwork conducted by auctioneer Jason Douglas Houser. The not-for-profit’s chic fundraiser was held at the Centennial Catering and Conference Center in Center Valley.
Bethlehem does not have a process by which a disgruntled employee or whistleblower can, without fear of reprisal, report what he or she may consider a crime or inappropriate act. At least if they do, the Mayor’s Office has declined to discuss the matter with the Press. When one or more City employees wanted to make a complaint earlier this year, they apparently took it to City Councilman Bryan Callahan.
The head of the Bethlehem NAACP chapter, the superintendents of the two Lehigh Valley urban school districts, state Sen. Lisa Boscola, state Rep. Steve Samuelson, and a dozen school board members held a press conference at Northeast MS Dec. 5 to call for charter school reform, mirroring press conferences held by nearly 20 superintendents statewide.
“Spread the cheer, free parking is here,” quipped Stephanie Augello from the mayor’s office as she announced free two-hour parking on Saturdays for holiday shoppers at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting Nov. 26. Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network, vehicles can be parked for two hours at no charge at 278 green-bagged meters located around the Southside Arts District and Historic Bethlehem Main Street. This continues through Dec. 21.
The Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) has awarded $80,000 in funding so far to early-stage startup companies in Bethlehem for 2019. This funding is invested at the earliest stages of companies that possess promising technology that is in the process of being commercialized. Many of these companies are pre-revenue. A significant amount of KIZ Tax Credit Awards will be announced later this month by the Pennsylvania DCED.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board unanimously granted certificates of appropriateness for signage to two shops at the Nov. 2 meeting.
Business owner Julian Sghiatti successfully scored approval for a double-sided blade sign for his Clusters Popcorn storefront at 530 Main St. It is to be hung from an existing bracket. Measuring 30 inches by approximately 24 inches, the sign features the company logo of an off-white banner with dark blue letting and backdrop, and a lighter blue border at the edges.
The four-story brick commercial building is owned by Steve Holiman.