Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
FOOD FOR FINES WEEK
January 9-14, 2012
Exchange canned goods & other foods for library overdue fines to help The Nazareth Area Food Bank during Food for Fines Week, January 9-14, 2012 at the Memorial Library of Nazareth & Vicinity.
Library members will get $1 in current fines* waived for each can or package of food donated during the drive.
Items especially needed include:
· Peanut butter
· Canned meats/fish (tuna, beef stew)
*Replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, fees for losses that are in billing or collection stages, and lost card fees are not included in the food drive.
295 E. Center St.
Nazareth ,PA 18064
Hours: Mon 10-5;Tues.-Thurs. 10-8; Fri.-Sat. 10-5
CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian opted to use the religious heritage of Nazareth, PA to speak to intolerance in a pre-holiday post (read it here).
Nazareth, PA was founded by German immigrants in 1740. They were Protestants who had “no room in the Inn” for outside faiths. Non-protestants were not allowed to purchase property in that community, according to accounts of the towns history.
(editor’s note: his typo not mine;-)
He does note that we got better and uses our community heritage as an example for Congress to open up and compromise as well:
Perhaps there are lessons to be learned of tolerance, respect, even compromise, from the history of those two U.S. towns. Nazareth and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania have opened their arms since those days when religious differences dictated whose name could be on a deed.
Obviously a big stretch on this post to tie politics to the holiday season via Nazareth and Bethlehem, but this is also coming from the same post that spoils a gift the president bought for his daughters four days before Christmas.
Always enjoy seeing how the town is represented outside the valley, this one I wasn’t expecting.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
View full sizeExpress-Times File PhotoVictor Lesky
Layoffs or program cuts will be considered if Nazareth Area School District teachers don't agree to give back some of their raises next school year, according to the district superintendent.
Superintendent Victor Lesky and the Nazareth Area School Board last week unveiled a proposed 2012-13 budget calling for a 2 percent property tax increase. The proposed tax increase is necessary regardless of whether teachers agree to cut their raises, Lesky said.
The teachers union rejected a wage freeze in the 2011-12 budget while support staffers and administrators agreed to give back a portion of their annual raises. The result was the elimination of several teaching positions, a custodian and the district's driver education program.
He said the district faces a $571,452 deficit next year. Administrators are hopeful negotiations with teachers will bridge that gap.
School board member Jerry Treon has suggested administrators meet with the teachers union.
Teachers union president Aris Asdourian said he can't comment until he receives a proposal from administrators.
"It's premature to talk about salaries because we have other salary issues that have not been resolved since the beginning of this year," he said. "I haven't seen any offers. If there was an offer, we would consider it."
The proposed 2 percent tax hike means the owner of a property assessed at the district average of $67,400 would pay $74 more annually in taxes next year, Lesky said. Next year's proposed $69 million budget is 3.4 percent larger than this year's $68.8 million budget.
“This budget proposes a tax rate of 47.69 mills or a 0.95 mill increase. This tax rate keeps Nazareth’s tax rate 5th of the 8 school districts in Northampton County and below the average Northampton County rate of 48.61 mills,” Lesky said.
The proposed budget does not include any new district employees and all positions would be reviewed for possible cuts, Lesky said. Layoffs also could depend upon the projected student population and the number of staff members who plan on retiring at the end of the current school year, he said, noting that information will be known in the spring.
The teachers' contract calls for the average teacher to get a 3.75 percent raise next year. The district will contribute $1.1 million more next year over this year to a state teachers' pension fund.
Those increases are offset by budget cuts to all district departments. Special education is the only department that faces no cuts. That department faces a rise in the autistic population in the district. Nazareth Area High School reduced expenses by 20 percent largely due to the elimination of the driver education program, Lesky said.
He said the proposed 2012-13 budget is based on a "no increase" scenario in state funding and could change depending on the basic education funding proposal in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget. The governor’s budget is slated to be released in February. In addition, the district could gain aid in district real estate tax revenue, which will be determined on April 1.
The preliminary budget is scheduled to be adopted on Jan. 23, with final adoption scheduled for May.
Will take a closer look at this later, but most important thing to keep in mind is that giving some pay back now only compounds the problem in the future when the employees get back on their "schedule". This is not a solution it is a band-aid. If positions can be cut, cut them.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Nazareth High School is hosting the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Band Festival this school year. The festival takes place from January 11th through the 14th. Over 150 students will be coming to Nazareth for those 4 days. We are in need of host families to help house all of these students. If you are a host family, you would pick up the student from the high school Wednesday evening, feed them breakfast Thursday and Friday morning and then bring them back to the high school. They would then rehearse all day and you would again pick them up Thursday and Friday evening. On Saturday morning you will need to bring them back to the high school for their final concert. We need about 70 households to house all of the student participants. If you are interested, please see the attachments. The first tells a bit more about what housing a student would mean. The second is a Host Family Agreement which needs to be filled out and sent to me at the high school. The paperwork is also on the District website underneath the headlines section. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!Also - feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think would like to volunteer as a host family. We are going to need lots of help to make this happen.