Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

Four Graduates of Distinction are honored

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in School

The Whitehall-Coplay School District inducted Edward J. Galgon Sr., Kenneth A. Clauser, George L. Pavelko Jr., Lt Col, USAF, Ret., and Paul J. Geissinger into its Zephyr Graduates of Distinction, Class of 2017, April 20.

The induction took place in the auditorium of Whitehall High School just before selected high school students were inducted into National Honor Society.

School board budget has 2.61% tax hike

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in School

Whitehall-Coplay School Board approved the proposed final budget for the 2017-18 school year at its May 8 meeting.

The proposed final budget is in the amount of $67,644,475 and is an increase of 4.2 percent from the previous year.

The tax rate is an increase of 2.61 percent from the previous year.

Six board members voted in favor of the budget, with Owen Eberhart Jr. voting against it and Vice President Lloyd Schafer and board member Patty Gaugler absent.

Handling of WHS teacher resignation is questioned

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in Local News

Resident asks about

Members of the community came out Monday night, the second time in two months, to voice their discontent with Whitehall-Coplay School District’s handling of the resignation of former teacher David A. Borghesani.

The two residents who spoke at the Monday night meeting of Whitehall-Coplay School Board were the same who spoke at the March 13 meeting.

Whitehall resident Mary Paul Smith addressed the board.

Residents speak against handling of teacher’s resignation

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in School

Two residents of Whitehall Township spoke at the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Monday night about their disdain for how Whitehall-Coplay School District handled the resignation of former Whitehall High School teacher David A. Borghesani.

When WCSB President Wayne Grim asked if there was any public participation at the meeting, Whitehall resident Michael McCloud stood to speak.

Before McCloud started, district solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik said, “This part of the meeting is for the public to address the board, but it must be limited to a two-minute time period.”

Board approves teacher resignation

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in Local News

Borghesani investigated for ‘inappropriate communications” with students

Whitehall-Coplay School Board on Monday night approved the resignation of David A. Borghesani, music teacher at Whitehall High School.

While employed by Whitehall-Coplay School District, Borghesani used his middle name, Andrew.

After the meeting, district Solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik told The Press Borghesani’s resignation was due to “inappropriate communications using emails, texts and Snapchat.”

“We are only aware of two specific and verified allegations of inappropriate conduct,” Sultanik said, adding the parents of one student came forward with the allegations.

Board approves teacher resignation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in Local News

Borghesani investigated for ‘inappropriate communications” with students

Whitehall-Coplay School Board on Monday night approved the resignation of David A. Borghesani, music teacher at Whitehall High School.

While employed by Whitehall-Coplay School District, Borghesani used his middle name, Andrew.

After the meeting, district Solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik told The Press Borghesani’s resignation was due to “inappropriate communications using emails, texts and Snapchat.”

“We are only aware of two specific and verified allegations of inappropriate conduct,” Sultanik said, adding the parents of one student came forward with the allegations.

School board to review, update policies

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in School

Whitehall-Coplay School Board discussed revisions to some of its policies at its committee meetings Jan. 23.

The policies to be looked at for the first reading include English as a Second Language/bilingual education program, tutoring, Title I parental involvement, screening for students with disabilities, parental/family involvement and performance assessment of superintendent/assistant superintendent.

According to Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett, the wording of the policies will be changed, but no major changes will occur.

Students learn healthy eating starts early

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in School

“It is said that this generation will be the first in a long time that will not live as long as their parents,” Eric Ruth told the students of Ms. Ashley Koren’s fourth-grade class Jan. 6.

The students shook their heads in disapproval, many exclaiming it was unfair.

“Do you want to change that?” Ruth asked.

The students said yes.

Ruth, known to students as Sensei Eric, is a co-founder of Kellyn Foundation, which he created with Meagan Grega, M.D.

School board OKs education association contract

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by ANDREW MARK in Local News

Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board approved the collective bargaining agreement with Whitehall-Coplay Educational Support Personnel Association at its Monday meeting.

After the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett told The Press the approved agreement is a four-year contract that includes a 2.5-percent increase and gave some part-time positions an extra holiday.

Andy Simock, president of the association, attended the meeting.