After defeating a motion from school director Carol Allen to postpone a budget vote until later in the month because of uncertainty over the state budget for education, the East Penn School Board members passed the final district budget for 2017-2018 at the June 12 school board meeting.
President Alan Earnshaw, vice president Ken Bacher, Charles H. Ballard, Paul Champagne, Ziad Munson and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis all voted “aye.” Allen and Chris Donatelli both voted “nay.” Vacationing school director Rebecca Heid sent in a letter voicing her support of the final budget package.
Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion
The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.
“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.
The East Penn School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Katherine Kieres as Emmaus High School principal at the May 22 meeting. The former assistant principal at EHS from 2006 to 2011, and more recently, the assistant superintendent at Palisades School District, will replace David Piperato at the end of the school year. Piperato had resigned from the position to become the superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District.
The East Penn School District Board of School Directors adopted the proposed 2017-2018 final budget at the May 8 meeting. The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Rebate Program will continue for the 2017-2018 school year.
The $148,463,629 budget includes: 18.2102 mills on the assessed valuation of real estate, 0.5 percent (.005) Act 511 earned income tax and 1 percent Act 511 real estate transfer tax.
“Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania” brings the forgotten paintings and lithographs created by a Pennsylvanian-born artist to public view at the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibit, which highlights works Davis created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s and early 1940s, continues through June 9.
The East Penn School District Board of School Directors voted to bring back to the table a proposed uniform and apparel agreement between adidas America and the school district, then passed it with seven “ayes“ and two “nays” at the April 24 meeting.
The sportswear company will provide one set of custom uniforms in the first year to the varsity teams and $10,000 in promotional product at retail value each year of the agreement in years two through four.
There’s murder afoot on the stage at Notre Dame High School with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Easton.
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and written by Rupert Holmes, “Curtains” is based on the book and concept by Peter Stone.
“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, cruises to the stage at Allentown Central Catholic High School, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.
Written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1934.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder and Business Administrator Robert Saul presented the proposed final budget to the East Penn School District Board of School Directors for review and discussion at the April 10 meeting. A vote on the budget will be taken at the May 8 meeting.
“The tax increase with this budget is 2.9 percent,” Schilder said. “The budget term reserve is little bit over $7 million which represents a five percent budgetary reserve.”
Says Joseph E.B. Elliott of “Monument and Ephemera,” a retrospective of his work: “The thread through all of it is exploration of places that people don’t normally explore: industrial sites, industrial landscapes, older urban interiors, structures and places that people don’t normally get inside.”
The exhibition of three decades of Elliott’s photographic work continues through April 22, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.