Thursday, May 16, 2013
A two-year seat was eliminated, leaving two board members to compete with a former board member and newcomer in Tuesday's primary election.
The race is on in Region III of the Nazareth Area School Board. In Tuesday's primary election, voters will decide among four candidates for two open school board seats. The race changed recently after a snafu caused the elimination of a two-year school board seat, thus putting one of the candidates who was only running for that seat into the four-year battle. School Board member Maurice Heller is running along with School Board member Dominic Villani, who replaced Christian Audenried, when he moved to fill a spot on the Nazareth Borough Council. Audenried's son Zackary is a newcomer in the race. Former School Board member Linda Stubits is also among the challengers. Nazareth Patch sent out questionnaires to the candidates but only Stubits …
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 …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Nazareth Area School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Walter L. Peters Board Room. The 8-page agenda includes a vote on spending $13,196.25 to refurbish 30 chalkboards at the intermediate school.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The 'I Touched the Future' recognition award has been developed to recognize former Nazareth Area School District employees and school board members.
Nazareth's superintendent announced on Monday the creation of the "I Touched the Future" recognition award, which was developed to recognize former district employees and Board of Education members. All individuals who have, at one time, been an employee of the Nazareth Area School District and/or a member of the Board of Education are eligible for recognition, according to Superintendent Dennis Riker. Already have someone in mind? Tell us about them in the comments section below! Each year during April, the Office of the Superintendent will solicit nominations for the award. Individuals interested in nominating a potential recipient must submit a letter—not to exceed 500 words in length—indicating the reasons for their nomination. All …
Dr. Mark Erickson’s news wasn’t necessarily a blow to Nazareth Area School District's working budget. The school board initially expected to pay an extra $18,000.
Although the number of Nazareth graduates who attended Northampton Community College during the 2011-12 school year decreased, the Bethlehem Township-based college is still seeking a 1.80 percent increase in the district’s annual contribution. Dr. Mark Erickson, who was named NCC’s new president in December 2011, presented a budget overview Monday night to the Nazareth Area School Board. He asked the board to consider a proposed 1.80 percent increase, which amounts to $10,358. In February 2012, when Dr. Art Scott was still NCC’s president, he asked the board to approve a $12,414 increase. That amount was tacked on to the district’s yearly contribution of $600,000. But Erickson’s news wasn’t necessarily a blow to the district’s working …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Nazareth Area School District is one of two Northampton County school districts to meet all adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets.
The Nazareth Area School Board on Monday heard an overview of the district's "Report Card" for 2011-2012. And it's good news, as Patch previously reported: The district—and its six schools—passed with flying colors. The goal is for all students to be 100 percent "proficient" or "advanced" in math and reading by 2014—meaning they have mastered Pennsylvania's assessment content standards at their grade level. As required by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) is the statewide standards-based assessment. Math and reading tests are given in grades 3 through 8 and 11th grade; writing tests are given in grades 5, 8 and 11; and science tests are given in grades 4, 8 and 11. A school or …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Nazareth Area School Board will vote to authorize repairs to the perimeter of the middle school track field. The full agenda for Monday, March 25, is below.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Six incumbents and two newcomers vie for seven Nazareth Area School Board seats—meaning one person will be out.
Six familiar faces have entered the race for seven Nazareth Area School Board seats. Two newcomers have also thrown hats into the ring. Region 1 (Bushkill Township, Tatamy and Palmer Township/Upper, West): Region 2 (Eastern District of Upper Nazareth Township and all of Lower Nazareth Township): Region 3 (Boroughs of Nazareth and Stockertown and the Western District of Upper Nazareth Township): All school board candidates are cross-filed as Democrats and Republicans.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The possible March 1 government spending cuts triggered by sequestration could affect residents in the Nazareth area.
If the "sequestration" -- which refers to a host of federal spending cuts -- were to happen, 90 fewer schools in Pennsylvania will receive funding. Will the Nazareth Area School District land among the 90? Superintendent Dennis Riker isn’t jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. Instead, he’s waiting for all of the facts to become available. “We [Riker and the Nazareth Area School Board] haven’t taken a stance because we don’t know how the district will be affected,” Riker said after Monday night’s school board meeting. Nazareth school officials have managed to reduce the projected property tax increase for the upcoming school year. And one new factor in the proposed spending plan is an unknown number of personnel cuts that equals $…
Stacee Banko, 34, of Lower Nazareth Township, was charged in September with retail theft and receiving stolen property. She was a fifth-grade teacher in the Nazareth Area School District.
The Nazareth Area School Board tonight accepted the resignation of a district teacher charged with stealing from a Lower Nazareth department store—and leaving her 11-year-old daughter behind. Stacee Banko, 34, of the 300 block of Township Line Road in Lower Nazareth Township, was charged in September with retail theft and receiving stolen property. Banko was accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders and ordered to pay $1,032.50 in fines, according to court records. Her resignation is effective Feb. 25. Banko was a fifth-grade teacher in the Nazareth Area School District, where she taught for 10 years, according to a Teacher Web profile that is no longer available. On Sept. 22, according…