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Slatington library goes to community for financial help due to funding cuts

Published June 12. 2013 05:04PM

Faced with cuts in state funding, Slatington Public Library officials said they can use all the help they can get from the Northern Lehigh community at large.

Jack Bechtel, a member of the library's board of directors, met with school board members on Monday to discuss some of the happenings at the library.

"Thank you for your past support," Bechtel said. "The library is at times in dire financial need, and can use the support of the community."

Bechtel said the library continues to do the best it can with what it has to work with.

"The computers are pretty much full," he said. "We added an area in the library and made it open space to give presentations."

During his presentation, Bechtel stressed that he didn't appear before the board to ask for any additional money.

"We're going around to all the boroughs and the township," he said. "We appreciate your support."

Superintendent Michael Michaels then suggested to Bechtel that perhaps the library would want to host a school board finance committee meeting at some point.

Bechtel agreed, and added "it's (the library) inviting. We want you to use us (the library)."

Michaels then acknowledged that money is tight not only for the library, but the school district as well.

Board President Edward Hartman asked Bechtel if the library has ever approached its elected state representatives, to which Bechtel said it has.

Director Gary Fedorcha complimented the library, and said he was surprised by how many students utilize its computers.

Bechtel said that's an example of what the library is all about.

"We want to be open," he said. "We want you to use the community library."

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the retirement resignation of Sheila German from her position as high school cook's helper, effective June 1. Mrs. German will be retiring from the district after 16 years of service.

• Appointed Carol Snyder as a second shift custodian, replacing James Dotter, who retired, at a salary of $9 an hour, from 2:30-11 p.m., five days a week, effective July 1.

• Approved to continue the uncompensated leave of absence for employee #1260 for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year for personal reasons. The employee plans to return to her current teaching position on the first day of the second semester, Jan. 22, 2014.

• Approved school board policy #334.1, Professional Employees, Benevolence Sick Leave, as presented after second reading.

• Approved school board policy #806, Operations, Child/Student Abuse, as presented after second reading.

• Approved Emily Bevans as student representative to the board for the 2013-14 school year. Emily has been appointed as the junior representative to the board, and will serve from September 2013 through June 2014. Nathaniel Czarnecki will serve as the senior student representative to the board until June 2014.

• In accordance with School Board Policy #707, approved the list of organizations and their appropriate group designation as presented by the director of Support Services.

• Approved the changes to the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School Student-Parent Handbooks as presented.

• Approved a conference request by Karen Nicholas to attend The Common Core Standards, Summer Leadership Training, Aug. 7-8, at the Sheraton Valley Forge, King of Prussia, with lodging at $151; travel, $57.63, and meals, $25, for a total approximate cost of $233.63, to be funded from the assistant superintendent's 2013-14 budget.

• Approved administration to enter into a partnership agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College in order to provide the district's students with greater options to earn concurrent high school/college credit. The term of the Dual Enrollment Partnership Proposal between the district and LCCC will be from Aug. 19, 2013 through June 14, 2014.

• Approved a revision to the agreement between the district and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 for the Driver Education Program. The original agreement was approved at the April 8, 2013 board meeting, and the CLIU #21 has since revised the agreement to include additional language providing assurances of the insurance liability provided by the CLIU #21.

• Approved to authorize proper officials to execute contracts for the Title I and Title IIA for the 2013-14 school year.

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