After a search process described as "intensive and sometimes grueling" East Penn School District's Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. J. Michael Schilder as superintendent of schools at their board meeting March 24.
Schilder, 60, was one of two candidates in the first round of the search run by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He won out against William King, superintendent of Scranton School District. His four-year contract will become effective July 1.
In the last 12 years of No Child Left Behind, intellectual chatter, petitions, cries for reform and policy making language have dominated the discussion on the effects of the Act on educators. But new research from Muhlenberg College Drs. Michael Carbone and Sally Richwine has shed some light on the one voice they felt was missing from the dialog and was most vital to its progression: the teachers.
EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT District awards transportation contract to Student Transportation of America, Inc.
At the March 24 meeting of the East Penn School District, the board passed over its longtime transportation service, First Student, in favor of a proposal from Student Transportation of America, Inc.
Randy Williams, representing First Student, addressed the board prior to the vote to express his concern and to ask the board to reconsider this recommendation.
First Student has served the district for the last 45 years.
At the March 17 Macungie Borough Council meeting, a statement was released regarding the decision to come to a $23,500 settlement with former borough mayor Rickie Hoffman who resigned abruptly last year "as full and final release of all claims filed in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas (Civil Action No. 2010-C-1556).
The district has begun the process of reviewing Request for Proposals for transportation services. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Seidenberger told the East Penn School District Board of Directors at the March 10 meeting administration will recommend action be taken at the March 24 meeting. In the meantime the three vendors' responses to the RFP will be reviewed and the board members may present inquiries to administration before the vote in two weeks.
Macungie Borough Council Cordner encourages attention to Main Street Streetscape Plan to address future traffic snarls; letters set to go to Village Walk residents
Mayor Gary Cordner told Macungie Borough Council he believes this is the year for the borough's Main Street Streetscape Plan to become a center of focus. Council's meeting March 3 was largely dominated by discussion of the plan, which has cycled through the agenda for months with little or no comment at all.
Pennsylvania remains the only state where the state funding for education is not subject to a standard funding formula. The East Penn School District board of directors and others are determined to change this. At the meeting March 10, the board moved a resolution to support legislation which will form a funding formula for education, thereby allowing the district to accurately and quickly predict the amount of money available for each budget year.
Upper Milford Supervisors Traffic and road concerns to be taken to LV Planning Commission; youth association seeks new field
A request from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission launched Upper Milford Township supervisors into a brief discussion in a workshop prior to the regular meeting March 6. The workshop concluded in a promise from Supervisor Rob Sentner to attend the planning commission's meeting to report on the township's needs and concerns about road conditions and impending traffic changes.
At the Feb. 24 school board meeting, the board approved an update to the calendar. The school year will now extend to June 17 to make up for snow days.
In his district update, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Seidenberger addressed this latest update on the district's makeup days.
He says he has been regularly receiving complaints and suggestions 30 alone on Feb. 24 from teachers and parents asking to extend school days in length but not in number.
In a brief meeting Feb. 17, Macungie Borough Council covered some usual business and prepared for further discussion on a number of agenda items that cannot yet go forward.
Borough Manager Chris Boehm was approached by Upper Milford Manager Dan DeLong with a proposal to establish an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Macungie and Upper Milford.
Boehm says the two municipalities already work together on many things unofficially, including sharing equipment and labor.