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.
The Whitehall Police Department presented a check for $2,350 to the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Wings 2 Peace fund at a brief presentation Dec. 15.
The fundraiser started as a quirky No Shave November promotion within the department but gained enough steam to extend through the end of December.
Participating department employees contributed $50 to the fund at the beginning of November. Male officers were then allowed to grow facial hair, female officers were allowed to add colored streaks to their hair and the civilian staff was allowed to wear jeans.
During a brief Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Dec. 11, Student Council President Genesis Perez outlined some efforts the high school is taking to offer aid to Puerto Rico and the American Red Cross.
For donations ranging between $1 and $3, students will be able to give and receive “wishes.” Those perks include candy, the ability to skip the cafeteria line and changing their locker location.
The high school will also be participating in holiday spirit week Dec. 18-21. On Dec. 21, students who donate $1 to the Red Cross’ efforts will be allowed to wear a hat.
In the metaphorical race to develop the land along Eberhart Road, no one can keep up with Harley-Davidson.
At the Dec. 4 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners workshop meeting, township Engineer Frank Clark told the board Harley-Davidson is ready to proceed with development plans along Route 145, but the proposed co-occupant of that parcel has slowed momentum.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board held its reorganization meeting Dec. 5 to introduce its newest members: Joseph Shields, William Fonzone Sr. and George Williams.
Wayne Grim will remain the board’s president.
Tina Koren will assume the role of vice president, after a nomination from Bill Leiner.
Both were appointed after a unanimous vote.
In the upcoming weeks, the board will look to reorganize its committees and add the new members.