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Parents getting a say in primary election safety at Nazareth

Students, faculty and administration from Kenneth Butz Elementary School along with other community members voiced their concerns last week to the Northampton County Election Commission Board about the safety of the school and its occupants during election polling. 

Many were trying to have the Election Board permanently relocate the polling site to the Bushkill Township Volunteer Fire Department following the 2017 Election Day shooting of Pennsylvania State Trooper Seth Kelly. 

Trooper Kelly was shot during a routine traffic stop on Route 33, which caused the immediate lockdown of Nazareth Area School District buildings. However, at the same time, voting continued and the public had full access to Butz Elementary. 

In response, Superintendent of Nazareth Area School District Dennis Riker sent a letter to parents Tuesday, asking them to provide their feedback on three options the district is considering in relation to the upcoming primary elections. 

The options include closing Butz Elementary School for the day, running the school normally, or moving their scheduled field day to another date and school. 

Feedback is to be returned to the district no later than April 6.

For the full letter, click the PDF below.


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