Thursday, May 9, 2013
State Police at Belfast report injuries in motor vehicle accident in Stockertown Wednesday.
Two people suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Stockertown Wednesday afternoon, state police said. State Police at Belfast reported that two people were injured when their vehicles collided at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday on Route 191 where it intersects with Route 33. State Police Investigator Nathan Branosky said that Veronica M. Skidmore, 61, of Saylorsburg was driving a 2011 Subaru Forester when she went through a stop sign on Route 33 and onto Route 191. That's when she struck a 2012 Ford Fusion driven by James A. West, 50, of Nazareth that was southbound on Route 191. West's vehicle was struck on the passenger side, causing Skidmore to travel through the intersection and come to a final rest on the northbound lane of Route 191 …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
In the wake of sexual assault allegations against drama teacher, Nazareth Area Middle School principal sends letter to parents.
The principal of the Nazareth Area Middle School has sent out a letter to parents in the wake of charges against the drama teacher for alleged repeated sexual assaults of a student over more than two years. Principal Robert L. Kern Jr. sent a letter out earlier this week to parents and guardians explaining that as "some of you are aware, the administration is dealing with a sensitive personnel situation here at our Nazareth Area Middle School." On Friday, Shawn William Salevsky, 39, of Lower Macungie Township, was sent to Northampton County Prison after being formally charged before District Judge John Capobianco of Nazareth. Salevsky was fired by the school district April 22. The incidents occurred between January 2011 and March 15 of …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A Nazareth school board member says he complained two years ago about a former teacher now charged with sexually assaulting a student.
Former Nazareth Middle School drama teacher Shawn Salevsky is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting a boy in school, and a school board member says he wishes he had done more to try to oust Salevsky two years ago. School director Chris M. Miller told the Morning Call that he complained about Salevsky when the teacher had students perform songs that contained sexual innuendos. Miller said he wanted the teacher fired and is now disgusted by the case. At a school board meeting in November 2011, Miller criticized Salevsky for exposing students to inappropriate content, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report. Some parents and students defended Salevsky, who was reprimanded but kept his job. A woman whose daughter was in Salevsky's class …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Nazareth Area High School Art Show takes place May 8-10.
The Nazareth Area School District will be showcasing its artists next week. Nazareth Area High School will hold its art show Wednesday through Friday. The show will open for school hours and also from 6-9 p.m. Work in various mediums from two-dimensional pastels and photographs to three-dimensional clay pieces, from beginning to advanced students, will be displayed in the Raymond J. Nunamaker Gymnasium. The work will be judged by professional artists and the top students in art, photo and crafts will receive cash awards from the Nazareth Area Kiwanis Club. For its 20th anniversary, the Eagle Nest Gallery, also located in Nazareth Area High School, will exhibit the Third Alumni Art Show with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. May 10. Work …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Nazareth Area Schools Superintendent Dennis Riker says several windows have sprung leaks in classrooms at Nazareth Area Intermediate School.
Attention students: Cleanup in Classroom A. Nazareth Area Schools Superintendent Dennis Riker said Friday that there are reports of leaking windows at Nazareth Area Intermediate School. Riker stated that several windows have developed leaks at the Grades 4-6 Upper Nazareth Township school located on Tatamy Road, but there have been no injuries or classroom disruptions. The superintendent said he believes the leaks are caused by a construction issue. He said he expects a full report from the school board's Building and Grounds Committee later this month. School district engineers are also expected to review the leaks, Riker said. No estimates are known about how much it might cost to fix the damage.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
After-school program for grieving students in 4th to 8th grades has been approved by Nazareth Area School Board.
Thanks in part to a professional caregiver with children in the Nazareth Area School District, an after-school program for grieving students in grades four through eight soon will be available in the district. The school board Monday night approved a pilot program—at no cost to the district or families—to be run by Compassionate Care Hospice, described in its website as a “community-based organization” with operations in 21 states. Its local office is on Route 100 in Upper Macungie Township. Meanwhile, board member Chris Miller, who opposes the program, says he inadvertently voted in favor of it because the vote also applied to another, unrelated motion. Miller said he has emailed district business administrator Bernadine Rishcoff, who …
DA Morganelli to lead social media safety seminar Monday night at Nazareth High.
"Do you know where your children are?" And do you know what they're doing? With teenagers these days, chances are they are on the Internet, a computer or an iPad. But do they know how to be safe on those social media tools? Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will lead a seminar on "social media safety" at Nazareth High School Monday night. And an appearance could include state Attorney General Kathleen Kane as well. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Nazareth Area High School. It will feature school officials along with law enforcement from the Nazareth and Upper Nazareth Police Departments and other areas.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Nazareth Area Schools Superintendent Dennis Riker detailed at Monday meeting how school costs were reduced.
The Nazareth Area 2013-2014 preliminary school budget has gone through some slashes, slices and dices since February. The spending plan once totaled $71.43 million and the property tax increase was 0.73 mills. It's now $71.35 million with a tax hike of 0.65 mills. And that reduction came without any school programs being cut. Asked how the total budget and the tax increase have been reduced since February, Superintendent Dennis Riker cited three factors: In a budget presentation during Monday’s school board meeting, he told the board and audience: “I’m very proud to stand in front of you tonight to say we don’t need to cut one single program.” He also emphasized that all budget considerations are weighed for their long-term effect and that…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Nazareth Area School Board took action on various items at its recent meeting.
Refurbishing and modifying were among some of the topics the Nazareth Area School Board addressed and took action on at Monday's meeting. Here are some of the agenda items that were approved: COSTARS is a cooperative purchasing program that is part of the state Department of General Services’ Bureau of Procurement.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Northampton Community College, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and athletic fund budgets all signed off on by Nazareth Area School Board Monday night.
In addition to approving the final 2013-2014 budget Monday night, Nazareth Area School Board took other actions on other budgets: NCC’s total budget is $1.55 million higher—or 2.27 percent—that this year’s budget. Also, the 2013-2014 total operating budget in the educational and supportive area where school districts participate came in at $54.44 million—a $1.30 million increase, or 2.45 percent. NCC’s capital budget, meanwhile, proposes spending $13.10 million—a $150,442 increase. Superintendent Dennis Riker pointed out that Nazareth’s share does not include the costs of IU-related programs at Nazareth schools. That amount represents no change for the third-straight year, Riker said. The board also approved fund transfers throughout the …