Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Veteran receives honorary diploma from WCSD

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Board vote on 2018-19 budget is expected at next meeting, set for May 7

Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett presented Richard Erbrick with an honorary diploma through Operation Veteran Recognition during the April 9 board meeting.

The school district has the authority to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the U.S. military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years in which he or she served.

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

No. 21 to hang at WHS for ‘the rest of its existence’

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

What a day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Barkley parade, celebration draw thousands of fans

For frequent visitors of Happy Valley in the fall, hearing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” blasting from speakers and chants of “We Are” in the streets is nothing new.

But Coplay residents expecting to do their normal Saturday morning grocery shopping at their local Giant were in for a very different experience March 24.

It was Saquon Barkley Day in the borough.

School board OKs bids for renovations

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

Retirements are announced for three longtime educators

During its March 12 meeting, Whitehall- Coplay School Board voted to accept bids from four contractors for renovations to Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.

The bids totaled $3,038,300 and included upgrades to the school’s HVAC, plumbing and electrical infrastructure.

The school board also accepted bids from IntegraONE and Micro Technology Group for the campuswide wireless project. IntegraONE will be contracted to handle the hardware at an estimated cost of $741,114, and Micro Technology Group will install the cabling at an estimated cost of $277,561.

Superintendent addresses safety concerns

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Technology, power outages blamed for notification delay after lockdown

At the March 12 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett reviewed Whitehall-Coplay School District’s safety and security plans in the wake of recent events in the area.

Over the past few months, WCSD has had to send multiple security notices to parents. Hackett shared the decision-making process that goes into when and how those notifications are sent.

Leiner suspends campaign for Congressional seat

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Former borough mayor says he will support Wild in 7th District run

Bill Leiner, the first Democratic candidate to announce a run for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th District Congressional seat, has suspended his campaign.

In a memo sent to his supporters March 1, Leiner said he will endorse Democratic candidate Susan Wild in her attempt to capture the Lehigh Valley’s Congressional seat. Republicans have held the former 15th District, now known as the 7th District, since 1999.

School board discusses campus construction

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

With numerous construction plans in the works across its campus, Whitehall-Coplay School Board is preparing to prioritize projects at the upcoming March 12 meeting.

In addition to the proposed $36 million development of a new kindergarten and first-grade facility to replace Gockley Elementary School, the district is reviewing a series of other projects.

Q&A on full-day kindergarten

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

District will review cost, timeline to build new school

Whitehall-Coplay School District hosted a public presentation Feb. 13 on its prospective full-day kindergarten program.

Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett led a 40-minute program on the results of the district’s feasibility study, which was followed by a Q&A session for parents and guests in attendance at the meeting, held in the high school’s LGI room.

School board awards honorary diploma to veteran

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Green Beret John Ferreira received four Distinguished Service Medals

“This was a piece of unfinished business for him.”

At the Feb. 12 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, John D. Ferreira accepted an honorary high school diploma on behalf of his 83-year-old father, John Ferreira.

Through Operation Veteran Recognition, the district is able to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the United States military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years served.