At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 10, the board approved the 2019-20 final budget.
Board members Wayne Grim, William Fonzone Sr., Patty Gaugler, William Leiner, Joseph Shields and George Williams voted in favor of the budget. Owen Eberhart Jr. and Tina Koren were opposed. George Makhoul was not present for the vote.
On June 12, Whitehall-Coplay School District children stepped off their buses for the last time this academic year, ready for the freedom that summer brings.
At the same time, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Principal Glenn Noack said goodbye to the district he has been devoted to for nearly 30 years.
Administrators and staff members who worked closely with Noack over the years expressed their appreciation for his commitment to the district.
At the May 6 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Dr. Lorie Hackett, superintendent, announced Angela Friebolin will become Whitehall-Coplay Middle School’s new principal, at the rate of $114,500. Friebolin began working for WCSD in 2008 and is currently the vice principal at WCMS. She will be replacing Glenn Noack, who is retiring this year.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting May 6, Brooke Clary, director of special education, introduced students from Whitehall High School’s student focus group.
The group was formed in 2013. One of its primary goals is to help the Life Skills students feel more involved with their school’s community.
There are 24 focus group students who partner, or buddy, with 35 Life Skills students from the high school and Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
The Whitehall-Coplay School District website recently got a fresh new look when it was redesigned to be more informative and user-friendly.
“It is brand new. It features separate web pages for each school and is full of information for parents and students to their respective schools,” said Michelle Khouri, district registrar. “There is a community page that is currently having more options added on, a calendar on the homepage to locate district events and a Zephyr showcase, which is updated with features on students and staff in the district.”
At the April 8 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Denise Saylor, principal of Gockley Elementary School, presented a slideshow of the kindergarten and first-grade classes’ activities and achievements throughout the year. She discussed the transition to the full-day kindergarten program that begins in August.
“Today was our first day of kindergarten registration, so it’s starting to feel a little more real as we’re talking to the parents about that. We’re very excited.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting April 8, board members voted to approve a resolution supporting Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 526.
“Since Whitehall-Coplay School District does provide our own cyber program, Whitehall-Coplay Virtual Learning Program, our district would save approximately $600,000 in the 2019-20 budget were these bills to pass,” WCSD Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett said.
Though WCSD has its own program, the district and local taxpayers are currently paying for WCSD students to attend other cyber schools.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board voted during a special meeting March 25 to reject all bids for the additions and renovations project for Whitehall High School.
The decision to reject the bids was based on recommendations by the Whitehall-Coplay School District administration and the WCSD project consultant.
The bids came in over budget by $5,141,107, according to WCSD Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett.
“This is largely due to a saturated construction market at this point,” Hackett said. “In addition, we had very low bidding competition.”
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.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Feb. 11, PTO Plus president Toni Fillman discussed the Scholastic book fair bingo, held Feb. 8 at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Fillman credited book fair coordinator and volunteer Tracey Corteen, members of Whitehall High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society and PTO Plus volunteers with the success of the event, which was a fundraiser for Zephyr Elementary School.