The East Penn Board of School Directors selected two new members June 11 during a special public school board meeting.
With President Alan Earnshaw absent and Vice President Ken Bacher at the helm, the East Penn Board of School Directors graciously accepted the resignation of fellow director Chris Donatelli at the end of the May 14 meeting. Donatelli recently purchased a residence in Pennsburg to be closer to his place of employment. He is a plant manager at Performance Filtration Products.
The East Penn Board of School Directors introduced Dr. Joyce Mundy as the first of two final candidates they are considering to fill the shoes of departing school Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder.
The “Meet and Greet” event May 9 was chaired by Board President Alan Earnshaw who encouraged those in the audience to ask the candidate questions.
“As a teacher at Castle Rock School District for 13 years, I worked in the middle level as a language arts teacher,” Mundy said as she listed her experiences from the beginning of her 25 year career as an educator in Pennsylvania.
The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission contacted seven area artists to participate in “Putting It Together,” an invitational show through May 31, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
“Every year we do a curated show with a theme,” says James A. DePietro, a member of the fine arts commission. “Putting It Together” has a mixed media theme involving “artists working with multiple imagery,” he explains.
The East Penn Board of School Directors learned about proposed revisions to the way the district teaches kindergarten through grade 12 science at the April 23 meeting.
The panel of educators proposing updating the curriculum included Elementary Curriculum Supervisor Michele James, Secondary Curriculum Supervisor Laura Witman and teachers Mike Mauro, from Wescosville Elementary, Heather Slatoff, from Lower Macungie Middle School and Emmaus High School Department Chair Brent Ohl.
Business Administrator Robert Saul presented the East Penn Board of School Directors with a revised proposed final budget at the March 26 meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder was pleased to inform the directors the proposed tax increase would move from 2.8 percent to 1.92 percent due to increased revenue while the budget reserve remains at 5 percent. Saul explained a new warehouse and apartment complex brought in significantly higher assessments which will bring in tax revenue. The board does not vote on the budget until April 23.
Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.
Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.
“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my often-forgotten desires. As markers of time, they recalled what fell away and what was gained.”
The East Penn Board of School Directors received plenty of feedback in the district’s handling of the March 14 National School Walkout by residents and students at the March 26 meeting.
Emmaus High Student Government Association representative Alex Comfort reported on the 17-minute walkout. “Around 800 people, the Stinger reported, had participated in it,” he said, “I just think it was a great demonstration of solidarity among the student body on both sides.”
“Assembled Curiosities” at The Baum School of Art featured mixed media assemblages of Domenick Naccarato and photography by Lindsay Woodruff in the David E. Rodale Gallery, as well as their merged collection of random objects of inspiration in the Rodale Family Gallery.
The two Lehigh Valley artists, who were previously unacquainted, are avid collectors. They find a creative spark in mundane objects and fleeting moments of everyday life.
The East Penn Board of School Directors unanimously approved the district’s 2018-2019 school year calendar at the March 12 meeting. Assistant Superintendent Kristen Campbell incorporated the board’s suggestions from the previous meeting, as well as public input into two new calendar proposals. Both addressed concerns over inclement weather makeup days creating an unpredictable spring break schedule.
The calendar the administration and board favored allows for 185 student days with 191 teacher days beginning Aug. 27 and ending June 11, 2019.