The East Penn Board of School Directors voted unanimously to adopt the 2019-2020 East Penn School District Final Budget with expenditures totaling $158,189,781 financed by a tax levy of 18.3808 mills per dollar of assessed valuation on real estate, a one-half percent earned income tax and a one-half percent real estate transfer tax.
Business Administrator Robert Saul explained there was no need for a tax increase based on recent land development in the district, as well as a leveling of district employee pension costs and medical insurance premiums remaining unchanged.
Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”
Voting 5 to 3, the East Penn Board of School Directors chose Jeff Jankowski to fill a seat recently vacated by Seth Flanders at its May 13 meeting. Having resigned in April, Flanders and his family relocated to Milwaukee, Wis., where he had started a new job.
Jankowski was immediately sworn in and will finish out the rest of Flanders’ term, which ends in December.
“Artifacts Reimagined: A 5x5 Artist Exhibition,” through Aug. 18, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem, of more than 50 contemporary pieces by five Lehigh Valley artists sheds new light on historic and vintage items.
The artists, members of the 5x5 Artists group for their work in five distinct media, spent a year researching, photographing and studying artifacts from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection as inspiration for their works.
For concerned citizens seeking to protect the shuttered former Allentown State Hospital from demolition, Allentown’s City Council passed a resolution asking “the commonwealth do everything within its power to save the historically and culturally significant portions of the property from demolition.”
The Baum School of Art, Allentown, awarded full scholarships, half-scholarships and quarter-scholarships to more than 50 students ages five through 17 during the closing reception of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.
Baum School executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the March 31 event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to scholarship recipients.
The East Penn Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of board member Seth Flanders at the April 8 meeting. The Emmaus resident and his family will relocate to Milwaukee, Wis., where he has a new job. Flanders had been appointed June 11, 2018 to fill the seat vacated by Chris Donatelli.
The East Penn Board of School Directors took time from the March 25 meeting to honor an Emmaus High School diving champion.
2019 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. Class 3A Championship diver Brendan McCourt was recognized and applauded for scoring gold with 542.75 points at the recent PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at Bucknell University. McCourt, an Emmaus junior, was accompanied by his proud parents.
“Sleeping Beauty,” a solo exhibition by fine art photographer Lydia Panas through April 13, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, focuses on the social contradictions women face.
Each of the 16 color portraits of women, from girls through adults, features a figure laying in a grassy or leafy setting outdoors. With their eyes wide open, the subjects seem to be defiantly staring back at the viewer. A direct gaze from each conveys a sense of interruption and engagement.
“’Sleeping Beauty’ is actually a reversal of the fairy tale,” says Panas.
The East Penn Board of School Directors had a date to revisit the 2019-2020 district calendar at the March 11 regular meeting.
They approved the 2019-2020 East Penn School District student/teacher calendar by a vote of 6-2 after Assistant Superintendent Doug Povilaitis presented a revised draft.