Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Dorothy 'Patti' Mohr is one eight candidates running in the Southern Lehigh school board May 2013 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Dorothy (Patti) Mohr Age: 70 Family: Husband-Ken, Sons-Jeffrey and Steven, Daughter-in-law-Stephanie, Granddaughter-Parker Political party affiliation: Democrat Tell us about your educational background: Attended Public Schools in Philadelphia and in Abington Township-AHS Class of ’61, BS in Education-Beaver College/Arcadia University ’65, Graduate work-Temple University ’66-’68 Tell us about your professional/business background: Teacher for 27 years in Upper Moreland, Pennridge, and Northampton Area School Districts Why are you running for school board? Upon retirement, I wanted to use my years of experience in Public Education as well as my understanding of the many roles of schools today by serving my community on the Southern …
Kathie Parsons is among eight candidates running in the Southern Lehigh school board May 2013 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Kathleen D. "Kathie" Parsons Age: 55 Family: Husband Tom, sons Ted and Alex and daughter Joyce Political party affiliation: Democrat Tell us about your educational background: AAS degree in Natural Resources, Delaware Technical and Community College Tell us about your professional/business background: former Technician with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, former Advanced Director with The Pampered Chef, currently work at Southern Lehigh Public Library as the Patron Database Manager and Circulation desk clerk since 2005. Why are you running for school board? After many years of attending School Board meetings, I've decided it's time to become an active participant. The 1:1 lap-top lease was a tipping point but I had been considering …
Elizabeth Stelts is one of eight candidates running in the Southern Lehigh school board May 2013 primary
Wednesday, May 1
Elizabeth "Beth" Stelts Age: 61 Family: married, 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren Political party affiliation: Republican Tell us about your educational background: I have a PhD and MS in Engineering Mechanics and a BS in Applied Math, Engineering and Physics, all from the University of Wisconsin Tell us about your professional/business background: I am retired. I worked as a Research Engineer, then a Senior Staff Scientist at Sandia National Labs. In this position I managed a number of projects simultaneously while doing the research required to make the projects successful. I also served as Executive Director of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, an international organization that is celebrating its 70th anniversary this…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Southern Lehigh School Board approves several personnel changes.
The Southern Lehigh School Board approved several personnel changes at its meeting Monday night: James Binder was approved as a health and physical education substitute teacher for the 2012-2013 school year. Stephanie Hutzayluk was approved as an elementary education, K-6 substitute teacher for the 2012-2013 school year. Benjamin Tannous was hired as head boys basketball coach for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $8,483 This is the rate for the 2012-2013 school year. The 2013-2014 salary will be determined after the school year begins. The board accepted the resignation of Katie Quartuch, Sophomore Class Adviser, effective Jan. 18, 2013. Along with that decision, the board approved Troy Ruch, as Sophomore Class Adviser, at a …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Southern Lehigh School Board, at Monday night's meeting, unanimously agreed to contribute $64,000 to the Southern Lehigh Public Library with the 2013-2014 budget.
The Southern Lehigh School Board approved, by a 7-0 vote at its Monday night meeting, a $64,000 contribution to the Southern Lehigh Public Library for the 2013-2014 budget. The 2013-2014 donation is the same amount that the school district has allocated to the library for the past two years, according to Solehi director of business services Jeremy Melber. The school district typically gets a letter from the library asking for a certain financial allocation, Melber explained, but this year no such letter was received. As a result, the administration recommended maintaining the same funding amount in 2013-2014 as 2012-2013. Board president Jeffrey Dimmig and board member John Quigley were absent from Monday's meeting.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Southern Lehigh Board Secretary Diana Millman tracked down her daughter after seeing her Boston Marathon finish line photos on Instagram.
Southern Lehigh School Board Secretary Diana Millman got a scare Monday afternoon when she walked past a television in the school district administration building. She saw news coverage of explosions at the Boston Marathon. Her 22-year-old daughter—now a student in Boston—lives on Copley Square right next to the finish line. Millman tried to reach her daughter by telephone, but had no luck. She then turned to social media and found photos taken at the finish line by her daughter and posted on Instagram. Millman’s daughter is safe. When the pair finally connected Monday afteroon, Millman learned that her daughter left the finish line about 15 minutes before the two blasts that killed at least three and injured more than 130 people. The …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Southern Lehigh School Board unanimously approves the preliminary school district budget for the 2013-14 school year.
With almost no discussion on the matter, the Southern Lehigh School Board Monday night unanimously approved the preliminary 2013-14 district budget. The $55,599,229 budget will not raise taxes, setting the tax rate at 46.05 mills. During a budget presentation at the board's March 24 meeting, Jeremy Melber, directer of business services, explainted that about $1.16 million from the district’s fund balance will be used to balance the 2013-2014 budget, leaving about $13.6 million to carry forward. The budget is now available for public review and will be available through the Southern Lehigh School District website, Superintendent of Schools Leah Christman said at the meeting. It must be available to the public for at least 30 days before …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Robert Shaffer’s retirement is one of three approved by the Southern Lehigh School Board at its meeting Monday night.
The Southern Lehigh School Board Monday night approved the retirements of three district staff members: •Robert Shaffer, Grade 6 Teacher, Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School, who has been an employee of the district for 34 years. School board member James Lindsay says he has sent two children through the intermediate school who had the good fortune to experience Shaffer as a teacher, and regrets that his third child will not get the opportunity to be in Shaffer’s class. “Every time we go back to the school to visit,” Lindsay said, “there are always students and parents waiting in line to see Shaffer and we are always among them. “I am proud we have so many teachers like this in Southern Lehigh who are first class in everything,” he …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Southern Lehigh Superintendent of Schools Leah Christman told the Solehi School Board at Monday night’s meeting that kindergarten enrollment numbers are slightly above where there were at the same point last year.
It’s pretty early in the process, but it's something to be watched. That's the message that Superintendent of Schools Leah Christman delivered to the Southern Lehigh School Board about kindergarten enrollment numbers during her report at Monday night’s school board meeting. Following kindergarten registration last month, kindergarten enrollment numbers for the 2013-2104 school year are slightly higher than they were at this point in the process last year, Christman said, with 160 kindergarten students registered for the fall. “It was higher than expected and higher than in past years,” she said. Typically, Christman explained after the meeting, the district picks up about 20-30 kindergarten students during the summer months. If that trend …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Southern Lehigh School Board approved at its meeting Monday night two field trips for high school students.
The Southern Lehigh School Board approved at its Monday night meeting two upcoming high school field trips: