Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports after two years of working on plans for the new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township, action will soon begin at the site.
“We’re hoping to mobilize after May 8,” Sniscak said. “First we have to record the deed and take ownership by the end of this month.”
He noted David Jaindl donated about 18 acres of land for the school on the west side of Twin Ponds Road between Long Lane and Schantz Road.
At the South Whitehall commissioners workshop session at Springhouse Middle School on April 11, James Preston, attorney for Kay Builders, defended his client’s right to develop the 190-acre property known as Ridge Farm.
The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.
Preston noted the township ordinance allows even more housing units than the 741 proposed by Kay Builders.
South Whitehall Director of Community Development George Kinney presented information on zoning and other factors regarding land use to residents at an April 11 meeting at Springhouse Middle School.
Hosted by the township board of commissioners as a workshop session, the gathering also included information on the review process from South Whitehall Planner David Manhardt and an update from Kay Builders on the proposed Ridge Farm development.
William Dreisbach has been approved as the new athletic director for the Parkland School District.
He replaces Jeffrey Geisel who will retire in June after 30 years of service to the district.
Dreisbach has served as the Parkland assistant boys basketball coach for the past 11 years.
He has a 32-year career as a teacher in the North Schuylkill and Upper Perkiomen school districts.
His experience includes positions as director of athletics, physical education teacher, and head basketball coach.
The 10th annual Hunger Walk to benefit the Northern Lehigh Food Bank will take place May 6, along the Slatington Rails to Trails.
The walk begins at 2 p.m. but arrive by 1:45 p.m. to sign in.
Organizers are looking for participants to walk the two miles from the food bank in Emerald into Slatedale and back again and to obtain pledges for contributions.
Anyone who registers before April 25 and has at least $25 in donations may receive a free T-shirt.
During the public comment portion of the April 4 South Whitehall board of commissioners meeting, several residents stepped forward to express concerns about the future of the township.
Michael Wolk, 1100 block of Valley Forge Road, from South Whitehall Concerned Citizens About Ridge Farm, said his group is distressed over the housing density and commercial development of the proposed 190-acre project which includes 741 housing units.
Parkland School Board recently approved the budgets of its educational partners along with the designation of the district’s obligation to each one.
The 2018-19 budget of Lehigh Carbon Community College increases from $48.8 million in 2017 to $51.7 million in the new term.
LCCC’s budget is divided into two components — operating budget and debt service/capital budget.
Based upon enrollment, Parkland’s share of the LCCC operating budget for 2018-19 is $780,106, a $60,755 increase over the previous term.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented a list of 2018-19 staffing requests to the Parkland School Board during the March 20 meeting.
Troutman reported the district needs 10.5 new professional positions, three new support personnel, and three school activities advisors.
“We have tremendous enrollment growth,” Troutman said. “Some of these look to the future for the new school in 2020-21. They are positions we can use now, and they’ll take the pressure off of us when the new school opens so we don’t have so many all at once.”
Total bids for the proposed elementary school in Upper Macungie Township came in at $35,867,507, 2.4 percent higher than expected.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the amount at the school board’s March 27 meeting.
“On the whole, many came in very well but there were some surprises,” Sniscak said.
The building cost of $22,210,237 at $241 per square foot was lower than the anticipated $255 per square foot.
Bids for earthwork and landscaping, however, at $4,689,061 were $1.26 million higher than design estimates.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will host its annual bazaar with theme baskets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures and theme baskets.
Drawing for the baskets begins at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets in advance, or for more information, call Marie at 610-799-3483.
The annual spring flea market will be at the Schnecksville Grange, Route 873, near True Value, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
Vendors will be set up with household items, toys, collectibles, and more.
The kitchen will be open.