Staff gives tech report
At the March 11 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Steckel Elementary School Principal Cora Snyder, third-grade teacher Bethany Koenig and learning support teacher Janet Baker discussed their experiences attending the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in February.
The event, open to educators across Pennsylvania, focused on the role technology plays in schools and ways to incorporate it into the learning process.
“We’re putting technology in teachers’ hands. We’re getting the Chromebooks, and we’re getting all of the physical pieces of it, but how are we doing with instructional strategies and those pieces of it?” Koenig said.
The conference inspired new ideas for using technology and included sessions such as Google Suite for Education, Tech for Struggling Readers and Writers, Social Media Smarts for Educators and Purposeful Coding and Robotics in Elementary.
In other news, Nicholas Demjan, Whitehall High School Student Council president, announced the 2019 Mini-THON fundraiser reached the goal of $12,000 toward fighting childhood cancer.
Student Council members also participated in a Region I conference March 8, with more than 300 area students attending. A guest speaker discussed leadership, and students attended a variety of workshops.
In other business, the board approved the funding of $75 per student/per week for Whitehall-Coplay Middle School students’ tuition rate to attend Camp LCTI, the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute STEAM-focused and career exploration camp during the summer of 2019.
The board approved a field trip request by Trevor Pinho for Aevidum Club to travel to and participate in the Aevidum Conference March 1 in Lititz.
The board approved the retirements of Glenn Noack, principal at WCMS; Linda MacGill, guidance counselor at WHS; Renee Roth, computer teacher at Zephyr Elementary; Gail Wotring, librarian at Steckel; Sandra Reinhard, secretary at WHS; and Theresa Welnoski, secretary at WCMS.
The board accepted the resignations of Brian Curran, biology teacher at WHS; Randi Kaplan, spring musical producer, stage director, musical art director and musical rehearsal accompanist; Mary Shelor, health room assistant at WCMS; and Tara Andrews, health room assistant at WHS.
New appointments include long-term substitute Sarah Beck, WHS special education/inclusion teacher, at the rate of $150 per day; Shannon Ringenberger, athletic department secretary, at the rate of $34,512; long-term substitute paraprofessional Diane Hanna, intensive learning support teacher at Steckel, at the rate of $17.63 per hour; and long-term substitute paraprofessional Lina Abi-Daher, special education teacher at Gockley and Steckel, at the rate of $17.63 per hour.
New coach appointments approved by the board include Robert Panny, boys tennis head coach, at $3,136, and Jennifer Bodnar, boys tennis assistant coach, at $2,046.
The board approved teacher induction participants Justin Boandl, at the additional compensation of $650, and Amy Kahora, Richard Gierula and Monica Pangiao, at $325.
The school board will hold an operations/transportation meeting 4 p.m. March 18. Committee meetings on operations/transportation, finance/personnel and education/student activities will be held 4 p.m. March 25 and April 23. A special school board meeting will be held 5 p.m. March 25. The next regular school board meeting will be held 7 p.m. April 8.