EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT Asbestos specialist assures district no one in danger at Wescosville Elementary School
The removal and possible legal ramifications of construction debris recently found buried on the Wescosville Elementary School lot still dominate discussion among East Penn School District's Board of Directors.
Though the item did not appear on the formal agenda Sept. 22 it arose among other usual business items and in public comment. Citizen Giovanni Landi expressed his disappointment anybody would dump garbage on the property, as well as his disappointment in the district and school administration for not reporting it to the police at the time.
Macungie Borough Council approved a motion authorizing the borough solicitor to prepare an ordinance to increase the local services tax from $10 to $52 annually for people working in the borough effective Jan. 1, 2015. This tax is a local tax payable by all individuals who hold a job or profession within Macungie.
The ordinance was to be drafted for council's next meeting and reviewed again before being advertised for public hearing.
A new development has been proposed for the span of fields immediately abutting the Allen Organ property at the edge of the borough. Macungie Borough Council reviewed the proposal in a regular meeting Sept. 15.
A contract agreement under routine business operations sparked a long discussion between East Penn School Board directors on proper disposal of potentially hazardous material on school grounds.
Within recent weeks it was discovered a large amount of construction debris had been buried under 8 to 10 inches of clay on the property of Wescosville Elementary School in a wooded area on the edge of the property.
On the first day of the school year, East Penn Board of Directors held a brief meeting to discuss student bussing, refinancing of bonds, the approval of a new graduation policy and other business.
The district's new transportation company, Student Transportation of America, Inc., created new routes from scratch this year; on Aug. 25 alone 9,077 students were bussed. For the most part all students were picked up and transported as planned but there were a few situations caused by errors in planning.
"There's a lot of attention to detail in this district," Dr. Michael Schilder, newly installed superintendent of East Penn School District said during a recent interview with The Press.
Schilder has been at the helm since the beginning of July and while it has given him ample time to observe the district's strengths and determine a broad scope of goals for the district, he is still, so to speak, getting his feet wet.
Macungie Borough Council is not making any further moves at this point regarding the parking ordinance on West End Trail.
Council Member Debra Cope proposed two options for the street's parking situation, which is currently a safety issue due to parked commercial vehicles obstructing sight lines at the intersection of Village Walk Drive.
Macungie Borough Council has passed a motion for Cotton Street to be converted to a one-way westbound between Lea and Church streets with a sidewalk constructed on land from Kalmbach Park up to Lea Street. The plan referred to as Alternative Three from the borough engineer's proposals also converts Dock Alley into a one-way street eastbound.
Council members who opposed the motion included Greg Hutchison and David Boyko.
east penn school district Collective bargaining agreement reached with East Penn Education Association
In their first meeting since June, and the first meeting with new superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder, East Penn School Board approved business items including bond refinancing, collective bargaining agreements and professional development consultation.
Upper Milford Township will reduce the number of members on the Planning Commission. The decision was reached by popular vote at a workshop meeting held July 17.
The current number of planning commissioners is nine. Supervisor Robert Sentner discussed with the board and with some residents present he felt the number should be reduced as there are usually only five in attendance at a given meeting.