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ASD hires Alvin Butz for school projects

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A new elementary and middle school in the Allentown School District are closer to reality after Thursday night.
 
The district's board of directors formally hired Alvin H. Butz,Inc. to build them. The district has had a lengthy working relationship with the Allentown-based company.
 
Butz will be paid 2 percent of the total costs to ASD to construct all elements of the projects.
 
ASD plans to open a new elementary school in 2019 and a new middle school in 2020.
 
The new elementary school would replace Cleveland and McKinley elementary schools. It is scheduled to be constructed on about 2.7 acres on West Gordon Street. The new middle school would replace Harrison-Morton Middle School. 
 
The elementary school would cost around $30 million to build, and the middle school would come with a $50 million price tag.
 
In other news, the board approved the 2017-2018 Lehigh County Technical Institute budget. The ASD portion of the budget is more than $8.4 million. More than 1,000 ASD students are enrolled in programs which are preparing them to acquire a skilled vocation.
 
In other business, directors approved a measure to name the Louis E. Dieruff Auditorium in honor Peter Carpenter, who spent 30 years at the high school as a music teacher from 1959 through 1989. He is the composer of the school's alma mater and served as choir director with several Broadway musicals during the 1960s and 1970s. Carpenter is 89 years old.
 
The district also approved agreements with two higher education institutions - Penn State Lehigh Valley and Cedar Crest College for professional development.
 
The first agreement centers on the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project, which will provide professional development and coaching to teachers at Trexler Middle School for a total of $8,300. The Cedar Crest agreement provides tuition discounts for professional development in the amount of 5 percent.

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