In her own words, Susan Bauer does not take well to the spotlight; but in March the sixth grade science teacher from Eyer Middle School will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive the nation's highest honor awarded to teachers.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded each year to teachers from each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the territories as a group. Bauer, who has taught science at Eyer for 16 years, is one of 102 teachers to win in 2012.
The East Penn School District Board of Directors approved the district's proposed preliminary budget in a 7-2 vote Feb. 10 in what the superintendent refers to as the first step along the road of the budget process.
The proposed preliminary budget of $133,761,466 is the first one with a tax increase in two years at 16.8633 mills on the assessed valuation of real estate, 0.5 percent earned income tax, and 1 percent real estate transfer tax. Also in the motion is a proviso for the district to apply for exceptions from the state.
Macungie Borough Council moved forward with several agenda items at its first meeting of February, including the much discussed issue of pedestrian easement violations on Village Walk Drive and upcoming street projects in the borough.
Council approved two batches of letters to be sent to the 125 property-owners in Village Walk either alerting them to the possibility of an obstruction to the easement on their properties or making them aware no such obstruction exists violating the easement.
Though a settlement has been reached between the Macungie Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Company Number 1, there is still a question on council's plate about the source of funds for legal fees and the usage of funds donated by the borough to the fire department.
This issue came up last November , when it was pointed out to council certain allowance for legal fees had cropped up in the fire department's budget, presented every year for council's review.
It's just the beginning stages of what will become the final budget for East Penn School District, as Monday evening the preliminary proposed budget was presented and summarized before the board and public. However, it was a night of inaction confirming the future of this budget.
Jan. 27 marked the deadline for the board to pass a resolution not to exceed the state index for a tax increase– a move not appearing on the agenda as the business office is not recommending theaction this year.
East Penn School District is almost certainly in for a tax hike this year.
"I can't say tonight that we're not going to recommend a tax increase," announced Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger at the meeting of the Board of School Directors Jan. 13.
It is not the first time the district has seen a tax increase in recent years, but it could be the first time that it climbs over the 2.1 percent state index determined by Act 1. Seidenberger says it has been at least three or four years since that's happened.
Pennsylvania's latest education scoring system may have raised some eyebrows, but it is another star on the path for East Penn School District.
In the reports released fall 2013, Emmaus High School took the lead in the first year of the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile, scoring top in Lehigh County at 92.5.
Two of Macungie's three new council members were sworn in Jan. 6 at Borough Council's first meeting of the year, alongside Mayor Gary Cordner and tax collector Harry Buchin. Judge Douglas G. Reichley performed the swearing in.
Macungie Borough Council approved the borough budget for 2014 Dec. 19 with a slight tax increase to property owners who will pay a rate of three mills, about a 20 percent increase from 2013.
Though council was not able to state in dollars just how much this would affect the average borough property owner, Council President Chris Becker says 20 percent is not as big of a hike as it sounds. He said the rate rose from .0025 to .003.
Roseann Schleicher, newly voted council member for a term beginning next year, expressed her congratulations to council for a job well done.
A new board sat for the first time Dec. 9 in prelude to a new year which promises new challenges in the form of increased enrollment, unfunded mandates and a couple of major personnel changes now set for the end of the school year.
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Seidenberger spoke in brief to the board of his concerns for enrollment in the district among other things, an element that will play a large part in the role of the new superintendent.