Emmaus High School Principal Dave Piperato and Supervisor, Secondary Level Curriculum Laura Witman gave a presentation to the East Penn School District board members on the summer learning academy program at the April 11 meeting.
The five week hybrid model introduced in 2015 provided attendance flexibility, pre-assessment, differentiation and mastery based learning, reduced staffing issues, credit recovery, Keystone remediation and retesting.
At a time when school districts are buzzing with activities, the East Penn School District board members continue to work on the 2016-2017 preliminary budget to maintain those programs important to the students and the community.
At the April 11 school board meeting, Interim Business Manager Denis McCall updated the board on revenues and expenses pertaining to the preliminary budget and the status of the 2016-2017 state budget which affects the school district.
Three candidates are on the Democratic ballot for United States Senator in the April 26 primary election: John Fetterman, Allegheny County, Katie McGinty, Chester County and Joe Sestak, Delaware County. A fourth candidate, Joseph Vodvarka, Allegheny County, was removed from the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.
The Press asked all Democratic candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.
Two candidates are on the ballot for United States Congressman for the 15th District in the April 26 primary election: Democratic candidate Rick Daugherty and Republican incumbent Charles W. Dent. Voters are asked to select one candidate.
State Rep. Ryan E. Mackenzie is running unopposed in the 134th District.
Two candidates are on the Republican ballot for State Representative in the 131st District in the April 26 primary election: Bill Coyle and Incumbent Justin J. Simmons. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.
The Press asked both candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.
Democrat State Rep. Daniel McNeill is running against Republican David Molony in the 133rd District race. Both will appear on the ballot in November.
Rev. Stephen Emick, pastor for spiritual formation and discipleship at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., recently celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry.
Now in his 26th year, Emick reflects on his career and the future of the church.
Originally from Scranton, Emick graduated from high school and thought he would pursue a career in music.
He attended Merrywood University in Scranton and fell into communication arts, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in communication arts/radio and television.
In the spring edition of the borough newsletter, residents learned Emmaus Borough Council had decided to eliminate the summer parks program.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the decision was difficult.
“The purpose of the program was to provide a structured park program,” Pepe said. “It turned out to be a taxpayer supplemented babysitting program for four hours per day, five days a week, for six weeks.”
Pepe said when the borough attempted to make the program more structured, complaints were received from both parents and children.
In a surprise announcement at the March 7 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, Emmaus Police Department Chief David A. Faust announced his retirement effective March 25.
In a letter to Mayor Winfield O. Iobst, Faust said he has been considering this significant step over the past year.
“I am certain the timing is right,” Faust said. “My leadership training and experience has taught me good leaders should be the ‘first and not the last’ to realize when it is time to leave. I leave with nothing but admiration for the borough, our police department and its people.”