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WCSD reviewing facility name policy

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

After reviewing a petition that was submitted to the school board in October 2017, Whitehall-Coplay School District is drafting a new policy regarding naming facilities.

At the Oct. 9, 2017, school board meeting, a group of former Zephyr athletes implored the district to consider naming the high school gymnasium after former coach and athletic director Robert Steckel.

Steckel’s son Ross, a Whitehall High School Class of 1969 alum, presented the school board with a petition that has been supported by 87 of the district’s most notable athletes. Names who signed the petition include Curt Simmons, Tony Cocca, Matt Millen, Pete Lisicky, Dan Koppen and Jason Greene.

The school board’s educations/student activities committee submitted its first reading of the revised policy at the Jan. 22 workshop. Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett expects to conduct a second reading at the school board’s next meeting Feb. 12.

In other district news, Sarah Dreisbach was appointed as a new emotional support teacher at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Dreisbach, a 2006 WHS graduate, previously served as a salaried substitute in the district.

The school board is working with potential vendors on replacing the scoreboard at Zephyr Stadium, along with renovations to the athletic field house.

The board approved the service agreement with St. Luke’s Sports Medicine, continuing the relationship with the district’s athletic training staff.

Twenty-eight coaches for the spring 2017-18 and fall 2018-19 seasons were appointed to their positions. Brian Gilbert will remain head coach of the football team, along with Jennifer Bodnar (field hockey), Chris Bleam (girls soccer) and Chris Bastidas (boys soccer), each returning to their respective teams.

The next school board meeting will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 12, followed by the board’s committee meetings Feb. 26.