Parkland Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018

School board welcomes new officers

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During their reorganization meeting Dec. 4, Parkland School Board members granted unanimous approval to naming Lisa Roth as the new president and David Hein as vice president.

Roth assumes the position held by David Kennedy. Hein moves into the office held by Roth.

Roth, who works in customer service at Air Products, has been a school board member for 10 years and vice president for three years.

Looking ahead to the new year, Roth said she is enthusiastic about construction of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township.

Article By: SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During their reorganization meeting Dec. 4, Parkland School Board members granted unanimous approval to naming Lisa Roth as the new president and David Hein as vice president.

Roth assumes the position held by David Kennedy. Hein moves into the office held by Roth.

Roth, who works in customer service at Air Products, has been a school board member for 10 years and vice president for three years.

Looking ahead to the new year, Roth said she is enthusiastic about construction of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie Township.

Board OKs 5 waivers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After listening to a presentation from Ridge Farm representatives and public comments from 24 individuals, South Whitehall commissioners approved five waiver requests, denied one and tabled another.

The actions were taken Nov. 27 at a special meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

The denied item was a request to allow a 9-1/2 percent grade on the north-south road running through the development between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

The township ordinance requires a 6 percent grade for the unnamed street, which is designated a collector road.

Veterans Memorial school is taking shape

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The new Parkland elementary school, Veterans Memorial, is taking shape on an 18-acre site in Upper Macungie Township, on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.

During the Nov. 20 meeting, Rob Avitabile, senior project manager for Alvin H. Butz, Inc., reported work is proceeding on schedule and within budget.

He noted 88 “weather days” with rain or snow occurred since breaking ground in May.

Nevertheless, he anticipates having the building enclosed by the end of February 2019. Target time for completion is August 2020.

Students present design ideas

Thursday, November 22, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Preserving trees and planting new ones, while also saving barns and historic structures are recommendations from a team of University of Pennsylvania graduate students who conducted studies in South Whitehall this spring and summer.

At the Nov. 7 commissioners’ meeting, Ellen Neises, from the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture, presented a report on the project which was a part of the Penn Praxis design program.

NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP: Union Lutheran Church to host craft show on Nov. 17

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will present its seventh annual holiday craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17.

The event includes 85 crafters with homemade items such as jewelry, bird houses, floral arrangements, greeting cards, purses, hand-woven baskets, crocheted children’s apparel, chocolates, and more.

This is a great time to enjoy fellowship, do some Christmas shopping, and hear music of the season.

Breakfast, lunch, and baked goods will be available.

Admission is free.

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King George site looking better

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Recent actions by South Whitehall administrative staff and property owner Atul Patel have yielded improvements in the area around the King George Inn, reported township Manager Renee Bickel during the Oct. 17 board of commissioners’ meeting.

In August, Commissioner David Bond raised the issue with concerns not only about the surrounding property but about the inn itself.

“The building is deteriorating,” said Bond at the time. “It could just fall down.”

Commissioner Christina “Tori” Morgan voiced her opinion at the time.

Soil issue affects general fund

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The $10 million borrowed by Parkland School District for capital projects earlier this year may be depleted before the next bond issue anticipated for January or February 2019.

At the Oct. 23 meeting, the board approved a resolution to use the general fund for capital needs until new money is received, probably in March 2019.

The district will then reimburse the general fund.

Changes are coming to police scheduling

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Police Log

South Whitehall commissioners recently approved a two-year contract extension for police officers.

The contract authorizes a move from eight hour to 12-hour shifts.

Chief Glenn Dorney said, under the new arrangement, officers will work 80 hours in every two-week period.

They will have six, 12-hour days and one eight-hour shift in each two week pay schedule.

“It will be easier to manage and better for their families,” Dorney said. “They will have every other weekend with three days off and never work more than three days straight.

New teachers on board for 2018-19 school term

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

After sifting through 700 applications and conducting 300 interviews, Parkland administrators selected 52 individuals for professional positions during the 2018-19 school year.

Director of Human Resources Pam Kelly reported at the end of September about half are long-term substitutes to fill in for teachers out on temporary absence, such as maternity or family medical leave.

The remainder are occupying vacancies created by retirements, resignations or are new positions.

Kelly noted 45 percent of the new hires have Master’s degrees or beyond.