The East Penn Board of School Directors observed a moment of silence at the beginning of the Feb. 26 meeting in memory of the victims of the most recent school shooting.
During a request to address the board, three residents discussed their concerns about school safety in light of the massacre of 17 students and faculty in Parkland, Fla.
Emmaus High School junior Tanaya Mukherjee asked, “How are you planning to make sure that we are safe and we feel safe and nothing like Parkland will ever happen at Emmaus High School?”
The East Penn Board of School Directors’ appetite for updates on the district’s school meal programs was satiated at the Feb. 12 meeting.
Regional Manager Vicky Stahr and her colleagues from The Nutrition Group presented a PowerPoint outline of how they handle both nutritional needs and food-related educational needs of East Penn students.
For the elementary schools, there is “Wellness Wednesday” where once a month, the students are given a taste-testing opportunity combined with nutrition education.
The East Penn Board of School Directors got back to work examining the administration’s 2018-2019 preliminary budget presentation at the Jan. 22 meeting.
Vice President Ken Bacher presided while President Alan Earnshaw was away on business. The Jan. 8 meeting had been canceled because of snow.
In the exhibition, “Still Rendering,” through Jan. 15, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, artists Anthony Panzera and Chris Coleman apply science and technology to aesthetics.
Leonardo da Vinci’s writings and anatomical renderings are the inspiration for Panzera’s “The Leonardo Series,” including “AP 149” (sanguine pencil on paper with ink on Mylar overlay; 24 in. x 24 in.), above.
An organizational meeting was held Dec. 4 by the East Penn Board of School Directors where newly elected board members Adam Smith and Alisa Bowman, as well as re-elected directors Alan Earnshaw and Ziad Munson were sworn in.
Board Secretary Janine Allen briefly presided over the meeting until Director Paul Champagne was elected president pro tempore. Champagne then swore in the new and returning directors and presided over the election of officers.
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.