Whitehall-Coplay Press

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WCSD approves 2018-19 budget with tax increase

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

School board authorizes bonds to aid in the school district’s projects

Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board adopted the final 2018-19 general fund budget at its May 7 meeting.

The $70,416,225 budget is a 4.1-percent increase over the 2017-18 budget. A 3.8-percent increase in the district’s tax rate will be instituted to balance revenue with projected expenses.

The budget passed following a 6-3 vote. Vice President Tina Koren, Treasurer William Leiner Jr. and board member Patty Gaugler voted against the adoption.

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”

Students choose talking over walking

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

WHS event includes discussion, Q&A on gun laws, anti-bullying

As students across the country began planning demonstrations for National Walkout Day, Whitehall High School Principal Nate Davidson challenged his students to think outside the box.

Davidson implored student leaders to stay in school April 20 and create a constructive dialogue on school safety, gun control and mental health. The result was an informative, passionate discussion with state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Lehigh County Commissioner Phillips Armstrong in the school’s auditorium.

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.