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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Whitehall-Coplay School District has been participating in a feasibility study regarding full-day kindergarten, and Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett is ready to share the results.
The district will host a presentation on the cost and benefits of full-day kindergarten 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Whitehall High School.
WCSD is one of a very small number of Lehigh Valley schools that does not currently offer full-day kindergarten.
In December 2017, East Penn School Board voted to approve full-day kindergarten, leaving Whitehall-Coplay as the area’s largest district without it.
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.
After 25 years in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, Steckel Elementary School wished a happy retirement to music teacher Stephen Reisteter Dec. 1.
In addition to his contributions in the classroom, Reisteter is a mainstay in the Lehigh Valley’s performing arts. As a musician, he performed with legends like Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and The Temptations. As a director, he conducted numerous performances for Civic Theatre of Allentown. And as a composer, his work has been played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.