Thursday, May 9, 2013
Parkland's 'Phantom of the Opera' is nominated for 15 Freddy Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. Parkland ties with Freedom High School for most nominations.
Parkland High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera" is nominated for 15 Freddy Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical. Parkland tied Freedom High School, which had staged "Les Miserables," for the most nominations. Parkland's nominations came in scenery, performance, costuming, lighting and other categories. William Marshall is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and the Vic Kumma Award for Outstanding Solo Vocal Performance. Elizabeth Stirba is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Rebecca Stahl is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Adam Groff is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Parkland Festival of the Arts is looking for contestants to perform in its first 'Parkland's Got Talent' competition.
The Parkland Festival of the Arts, which will be holding its first "Parkland's Got Talent" competition, is looking for contestants—and they do not have to be students. The festival will be held May 16-18 at Parkland High School. Mark A Stutz, director of visual and performing arts at Parkland High School, said they are looking for adults or college students from the district to compete in Parkland's Got Talent, which will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 at the high school. "Jugglers, dancers, magicians, etc. are all welcome to submit a YouTube video or a CD/DVD," Stutz wrote in an e-mail. Interested participants should send their CD/DVD or a YouTube link to the Department of Visual & Performing Arts, Attn: Parkland's Got Talent, 2700 N. Cedar …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A state audit report says paying former Parkland Superintendent Louise Donohue for unused sabbatical leave was 'a questionable use of taxpayer funds.' Parkland says it had been offered to attract and retain the most qualified candidate.
Paying former Parkland School District Superintendent Louise Donohue for unused sabbatical leave was "a questionable use of taxpayer funds," according to an observation made in a performance audit report by the state Auditor General's Office. Donohue, who retired on June 30, 2011, was eligible for a payment of $81,721 for leave that she didn't use over a three-year period, the report said. It also said Donohue was eligible for an administrative agreement retirement incentive totaling $28,417 to be paid out over two years into her 403(b) account. "The taxpayers have the right to expect that their hard earned money will be spent on the education of the District’s students and not on excess benefits to individuals," the audit report said. "…
The state Department of Auditor General calls interest rate swaps 'risky financial instruments that can needlessly waste taxpayer funds.' The school district says it does not have any current or near future plans for a swap transaction.
The Parkland School District was scolded in an audit report by the state's Department of Auditor General for entering into an interest rate swap related to its 2004 issuance of $47,660,000 worth of bonds. An interest rate swap allows a bond issuer, in this case the Parkland School District, to enter into a contract with an investment bank and speculate on which way interest rates will move. The party that guesses correctly concerning which way interest rates ultimately move receives what's called a swap interest payment. The amount of the payment, according to the audit, is determined by several factors, including the the amount of debt (bonds) involved and the overall movement of interest rates. "In reality, however, swaps are complicated…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Donald Snyder, president of Lehigh Carbon Community College, told the board of trustees Thursday night he will undergo open heart surgery.
Lehigh Carbon Community College President Donald Snyder told the board of trustees Thursday he will extend his medical leave to undergo open heart surgery next Wednesday. Snyder, 61, said he expected to return to work in mid-July. Ann Bieber, senior vice president for administrative services, will serve as acting president. Snyder, who had returned to work Monday after a brief medical leave, read a short statement to the board: "For the past few weeks there has been much speculation and rumors about my absence on the college campus. As the board knows, which was also reported in some of the media, I've been on medical leave for the past month. During that time I've continued to receive medical treatment for some symptoms I was experiencing…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Parkland High School won the local qualifying round and will compete at the State Envirothon on May 21-22 at Juniata College.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Six Parkland High School alumni will be inducted into the Wall of Honor Monday at the 2013 Masquerade Gala.
A surgeon, a culinary professor, a retired Coast Guard admiral and business leaders are among the six alumni to be inducted Monday into the Parkland School District Education Foundation's Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor. The Wall of Honor was established last year and is inside the main entrance of Parkland High School. Those chosen to be inducted serve as an inspiration to students to achieve excellence and remind the community of Parkland’s commitment to a quality educational program, foundation officials said. Inductees will be honored at the foundation's second annual Masquerade Gala & Silent Auction on Monday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Fogelsville. Performances will be by the Parkland High School …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Development in neighboring South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships will help boost assessments and tax collection within the entire Parkland School District.
Last week, Patch reported on development projects in Upper Macungie Township that will help keep school-related property taxes down. On Friday, during an all-day 2013-14 school budget seminar, the Parkland School Board also reported on similar development in neighboring South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships. Development in these neighboring sending districts will also help assessments and tax collection within the entire Parkland School District. According to the school district: In South Whitehall: In North Whitehall:
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Parkland School District administrators, during an all-day budget seminar Friday, pointed out some of the major Upper Macungie development projects that will increase tax revenues in the district in coming years.
Assessments and collection of taxes are critical to every school district and the Parkland School District is no exception. District administrators, during an all-day budget seminar Friday, pointed out some of the major Upper Macungie Township development projects that will increase tax revenues in the district in coming years. According to the school district:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Citing 'philosophical differences,' Parkland School Board director Robert Cohen resigns from Lehigh Carbon Community College's Board of Trustees.