The East Penn Board of School Directors got back to regular business Dec. 11. This time, they met with a majority of members favoring the administration’s full-day kindergarten proposal which had been defeated Oct. 23.
Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s director.
Progress in medical care innovation was celebrated by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) at One City Center for the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation.
Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi was thanked by LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian A. Nester for the company’s donation of $5 million through the Air Products Foundation.
The East Penn Board of School Directors entertained proposals by Emmaus High School Principal Dr. Kate Kieres and Supervisor Secondary Level Curriculum and Instruction Laura Witman at the Nov. 13 meeting regarding changes to the high school curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year.
During her part of the presentation, Kieres offered a revised EHS program of studies and new course proposals that include adjustments to be in sync with the school’s new grading scale. Some of the proposed changes combine semester classes into yearlong classes.
A motion proposed by School Director Charles Ballard, “that the Board of School Directors of East Penn School District announces its intention to exceed the Act 1 index by referendum for an amount sufficient to permanently fund full-day kindergarten in the district,” failed without a second at the Nov. 13 meeting. Afterward, board member Paul Champaign proposed placing full-day kindergarten back on the agenda for an upcoming December meeting.
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council made “ArtsCount with $39,711 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) grants awarded to 26 area artists, musicians and arts nonprofits.
ArtsCOUNT 2017, run by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, was held at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem.
The East Penn Board of School Directors voted 5 to 4 against the administration’s proposal to alter the educational program by eliminating its half-day kindergarten program and replacing it with full-day kindergarten for every district elementary school. The vote was held Oct. 23.
Voting “no” were Directors Carol Allen, Charles Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis. Those who voted “aye” were board President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Dr. Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne and Ziad Munson.
“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.
“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.
“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.
In a motion proposed by School Director Carol Allen, “That the Board of School Directors of East Penn School District agree not to participate in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey for the 2017-18 school year,” six board members – President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Ken Bacher, Charles Ballard, Paul Champagne, Ziad Munson and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis voted “no.” Chris Donatelli abstained, while Allen voted “aye,” at the school board meeting Oct. 9. The survey will be administered as planned.
Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.
While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.
In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.