Parkland School District will be searching for bog turtles and web-footed toads in a wetland area near the location of the proposed new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township.
At the June 20 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained the need for a fauna study at the site.
“Because road widening at Schantz Road will infringe on wetlands, we need to look for the bog turtles and web-footed toads,” Sniscak said. “If these are discovered, we have to construct a new habitat for them somewhere else.”
Agape New Testament Fellowship Church, 5229 Route 873, Schnecksville, is having a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30, and from 8 a.m.-noon July 1.
There will be an assortment of items for sale, including clothing and refreshments.
Proceeds will benefit youth ministries.
Agape Church invites young people ages 11-19 to a VBS camp out 6 p.m. July 14 to 10 a.m. July 15.
Attendees will share time together for breakfast.
The theme, “God is Not Dead,” includes teaching, games, crafts, snacks, a rock-a-thon, and a movie.
At a recent Parkland School Board meeting, representatives from Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 explained Project MAX, a program from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for students with complex instructional needs.
Deborah Popson, CLIU director of special programs and services, stated the intention is to maximize access to the general educational curriculum and Pennsylvani Core standards for all children.
Natalie Krebs, CLIU educational consultant, reported 1 percent to 3 percent of students have complex instructional needs.
Looking toward the next school year, the Parkland School board approved more than $1 million for purchasing new technology devices and updating existing computers.
The largest expense is $710,125 for 2,300 Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight.
At the May 16 meeting, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith explained during the May 16 meeting the district has a three-year plan for ensuring every student in grades three through 12 has a technology device.
South Whitehall commissioners voted recently to begin the process of terminating the board of authority which owns and oversees the water and sanitary sewer systems serving township residents.
Board President Christina “Tori” Morgan commented on the matter.
“On a day-to-day basis, absolutely nothing changes,” Morgan said. “Operationally, nothing changes.”
She added efficiency will increase as the level of bureaucracy decreases.
Don Rumble departed his Schnecksville home in March and journeyed thousands of miles westward to view World War II historical sites on islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rumble has a particular interest in sites where Marines played a prominent role.
His visit to Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima was described in Part I of this story.
On the island of Saipan, Rumble learned about the massive banzai attack directed against the Marines by the Japanese and their slave laborers from Korea and Okinawa.
Since the budget seminar in April, the Parkland administration and board have been able to lower the 2017-18 tax rate from 15.22 to 15.13 mills, a 1.89 percent increase over the previous term’s rate of 14.85.
At the May 23 meeting, business manager John Vignone commented on the change.
“Our assessed valuations are doing well. That’s how it came down from 2.5 percent to 1.89 percent,” said Vignone.
He reported the 2017-18 district real estate assessment will be $7.93 billion, a $124.7 million or 1.60 percent, increase over the present school year.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, is launching the summer season June 10 with a Backyard BBQ Bash.
Chicken and pork dinners will be available from Lorah’s, starting at 3:30 p.m. Meals include french fries, coleslaw and beverage.
Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway, winner of 12 Lehigh Valley Music awards, will entertain 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Come, enjoy the music and fellowship free of charge. Food tickets may be purchased that day or in advance.
For information, call 610-767-6961.
Motivated by a sense of adventure and an interest in the U.S. Marine Corps, Don Rumble of Schnecksville recently traveled to Iwo Jima and other World War II historic sites on islands in the Pacific.
Through Military Historical Tours of Woodbridge, Va., Rumble visited Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.
Rumble’s interest in military travel was awakened two years ago when he won an all-expenses-paid trip to Vietnam.
Drafted into the Marine Corps in 1965, Rumble spent most of his time at a Hawk Missile base in 29 Palms, Calif.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman’s request for new staff in the 2017-18 budget is notably minimal with only three professional positions considered necessary and no support staff.
He would like to add one technology integration specialist to serve both Orefield and Springhouse middle schools.
“This is for the one-to-one initiative,” Troutman said.
He noted the district wants technology tools in the hands of every student.
The integration specialist would work with teachers to assure successful use of technology components in the classroom.