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.
Thursday, May 10: Gockley, Steckel — Hot dog or PB&J, baked beans, banana, chilled peaches, milk. Zephyr — Small steak sandwich or PB&J, sweet potato tots, celery sticks, banana, chilled peaches, milk. M.S. — Cheese-filled breadsticks with marinara sauce or PB&J, steamed corn, celery sticks, banana, chilled peaches, milk. H.S. — Cheese-filled breadsticks with marinara sauce, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, chilled peaches, banana, milk. H.S. premium — Chicken taco wrap, salad plate, steamed corn, banana, chilled peaches, milk choice.
Friday, May 11: No school today.
Gockley Elementary School’s open house is set for 6-8 p.m. tonight, May 10.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 17, Zephyr Elementary School will have its open house. Selected students are conducting experiments and collecting data for Zephyr’s first science fair. These young scientists will showcase their scientific knowledge during the event.
Schools will be closed tomorrow, May 11. This will be a professional development day for teachers.
Whitehall High School has announced the students named to the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 academic year.
Thursday, May 3: Elem. — Chicken taco wrap with salsa or PB&J, steamed corn, banana, chilled peaches, milk. M.S. — Ham and cheese on pretzel bun or PB&J, steamed corn, celery sticks, banana, chilled peaches, milk. H.S. — Ham and cheese on pretzel bun, seasoned wedges, celery sticks, banana, chilled peaches, milk. H.S. premium — Baked chicken, salad plate, steamed corn, garbanzo beans, chilled peaches, banana, milk.
State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, presented Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care (CTC) with a check for $1,335 at the April 20 meeting, held at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. CTC is this year’s recipient of the fundraising from McNeill’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party, started by her husband, the late Daniel McNeill. Every year, the proceeds from the Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle go toward a worthy cause or prevention program. McNeill believes strongly in the work that CTC does year-round and wanted to show her support.
Whitehall High School, in conjunction with Communities That Care, will be hosting an educational parent night regarding social hosting and the legal ramifications for parents and students. Parents are invited to attend the evening presentation 7 p.m. tonight, May 3, in the high school auditorium.
Topics to be discussed include underage drinking, how to have conversations with your children about underage drinking and the academic and legal consequences of hosting.
Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle with prom-themed gifts.
Each year, the Lehigh Valley chapter of the West Point Society presents the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Character Award to an outstanding junior at Whitehall High School.
For 2018, the award goes to Aziz Atiyeh.
Mike Tauber, a Whitehall and West Point graduate, presented the certificate on behalf of the West Point Society.
“This certificate recognizes high school juniors who demonstrated the leadership and character that comes with individual achievement while helping others attain their goals,” Tauber said.