Parkland Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

District supports education partners

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

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.

‘The Hunchback’ to roam Parkland’s stage

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Parkland thespians will perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” April 12-15 at the high school.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” tells the story of deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo, the son of Jehan Frollo, who was raised by his uncle, Dom Claude Frollo, the arch deacon of Notre Dame in 15th century Paris.

This two-act musical is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel.

Reese Diaz, who portrays Quasimodo, and Alex Atiyeh, who plays Dom Claude Frollo, commented on their characters.

USS Intrepid celebrating 75th

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Aug. 16 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

The Intrepid Museum is putting out a call for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19.

The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.

Police learn how to improve truck safety on highways

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Police officers throughout Lehigh County recently attended a two-week course on how to improve highway safety in the trucking industry.

According to Chris Lengle, traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network, one of the goals of the program is to create a countywide safety task force.

“Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways pilot is a project which is focused on reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles,” he said.

District staffing needs presented to Parkland School Board members

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

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.”

L.V. Chamber donates to local volunteer, nonprofit groups

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently donated funds to various regional volunteer and nonprofit organizations to help further their missions and mandates.

Among the recipients were the Upper Macungie Fire Department, Station 56, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley.

Each organization received a $1,000 donation from the Chamber with each having a specific purpose for the funds.

Upper Macungie Station 56 will purchase two ammonia detectors to help detect toxic levels of ammonia in the cold storage industry.

LCTI students help raise $238K for leukemia society

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Three students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute’s Emerging Health Professionals program recently helped raise nearly a quarter-million dollars for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The society celebrated their accomplishments at a March 10 night gala.

The students — Madison Hoffman and Benjamin Fry, both of Northwestern Lehigh High School, and Alya Wezza, of Parkland High School — were tapped to participate in the Students of the Year campaign, which is run by the society’s Eastern Pennsylvania chapter.