The Allentown School District will continue its existing partnership with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The board of directors approved a memo of understanding Thursday night between the district and the United Way Community School model at Dodd, Jefferson and Union Terrace schools.

The Community Schools model was established to support the ASD children succeeding in their studies. The United Way program has promised an ambitious goal of increasing the number of third-grade students reading at grade level by 50 percent.

The organization will provide ASD with funding and community partners in addition to providing on-site coaching and training to support the implementation of the Community Schools model; it collects and analyzes date to monitor progress of the system's work, according to a memo from assistant superintendent Kristen Kruger.

The agreement is in effect through June 2018.

In other business, the board approved a reserve appeal that sought an increase in assessed property taxes for the Summit Ridge Apartments. The apartment complex, located at 301 River Drive, means an additional $35,000 per year to the district. During the 2016 tax year, the Lehigh County Board of Assessment Appeal assessed the property at more than $15.6 million. The settlement increases that amount to more than $17.5 million for the 2016 tax year.