The Parkland school board has approved purchase of Chromebooks for high school students in 2018-19 at a cost of $988,000.
This past term, the district provided Chromebook laptop computers to middle school students.
In 2019-20, the district will supply them to children in elementary grades.
At a recent meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the district’s Personalized Learning Initiative which aims to give access to technology to everyone, particularly those who do not have it at home.
The South Whitehall planning commission meeting scheduled for July 19 in the Parkland High School auditorium to discuss conditional use review of the portion of Ridge Farm, east of Cedar Crest Boulevard has been postponed.
Gregg Adams, planner from the township Department of Community Development, reports the applicant, Kay Builders, requested to have the meeting postponed.
The section of the development under consideration is comprised of 661 dwelling units in the Traditional Neighborhood Design Residential Cluster Overlay district on approximately 129 acres.
Parkland School Board has granted unanimous final approval to the $179,349,218 budget for 2018-19 at its June 26 meeting.
The real estate tax rate is 15.42 mills, 0.29 mill higher than the previous term, an increase of 1.92 percent.
For every $100,000 of assessed value, the property owner will pay an additional $29.
Taxes for a property at the district average residential assessed value of $226,989 increase $65.83, for a total obligation of $3,500.17.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, has elected the Rev. Gordon A. Camp as its new full-time pastor.
Camp graduated from Temple University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and film.
He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1995, and served his internship year at St. Paul’s, Catasauqua, with the Rev. Herb Gifford, who is now a member of Union Lutheran.
Camp’s wife, Cindy, is also a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of disaster response for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.
The Parkland School Board has selected St. Luke’s University Health Network as the district’s medical partner for a three-year term which began July 1.
Through an agreement approved at the June 26 school board meeting, St. Luke’s will provide preventive; emergency and rehabilitation care; physicals; and other related services to students and staff.
A team of five athletic trainers and physician specialists will be available for the Parkland athletic program and the district in general.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to two major water line replacements totaling more than $500,000.
Hickory Circle, projected to cost $275,000, received the go ahead with a bid of $198,000 awarded to Bellview Pump.
That lower-than-expected bid was in contrast to the higher-than-anticipated amount for Sieger Drive.
Although the work was forecast at $200,000, the lowest bid of three submitted was offered by Jaoa Bradley Construction at $309,757.
Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala commented on the Sieger Drive cost.
South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope reports the disc golf course at Covered Bridge Park is the most frequently used year-round feature in the township park system.
At a recent meeting, he reported numerous improvements were made to the disc golf course over the past four years.
Now, however, the old baskets are worn hard and are difficult to see at times.
Commissioners granted Cope permission to proceed with purchase of new disc golf baskets at a cost of $7,329.
Pennsylvania has created the Yellow Dot program as a way for individuals to receive appropriate emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their own needs.
Placing a Yellow Dot sticker in the vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information.
The Yellow Dot sticker and pamphlet with instructions and pages for emergency information are available from the office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.
Heintzelman Funeral Home co-owner and Supervisor Robert Heintzelman spoke with The Press about Harold Reitz’s decades of service.
“His work ethic was second to none,” Heintzelman said. “He started at 7:10 a.m. for 8 a.m. and never left when he was supposed to. He said he would stop when his work was done.”
Heintzelman said Reitz, who recently retired, loved what he did.
“He was an integral part of everything we had going here,” Heintzelman said. “We gave him the fancy title ‘director of property management.’
The new elementary school under construction in Upper Macungie Township has received the name Veterans Memorial, suggested by the Jaindl family who donated the land for the facility.
In gratitude for that gift of 18 acres, the board invited David and Jackie Jaindl and their children to name the school.
Board President David Kennedy provided background.