Allentown School Board discusses several projects throughout district

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter
Published: Jan 18 2013 12:05:41 AM EST
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Building Committee and the Finance Committee of the Allentown School Board met on Thursday night and approved several items to be forwarded for formal action at the next Regular School Board Meeting on January 24th.

During the Building Committee of the Whole Meeting, two items were approved to be forwarded for formal action at the next School Board meeting.  Bob Sperling, Director of Facilities Services of Allentown School District, presented the Board with two bids to be awarded for construction projects throughout the District. The first bid is in regards to the installation of equipment for the theatrical lighting at Trexler Middle School. The bid recommended for approval by the Board is for Barry J. Hoffman Co. Inc. for approximately $7,990. The second bid is in regards to the ductwork installation in the auditorium at South Mountain Middle School. The bid recommended for approval by the Board is for Worth & Company, Inc. for approximately $51,000. The Board will formally vote on these bids at their next Regular School Board Meeting.

During the Finance Committee of the Whole Meeting, six items were approved to be forwarded for formal action at the next School Board meeting. The Board approved a request to move forward with the Grants Department applying for the Federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) as well as the PA Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS), a study to be conducted by Superintendent C. Russell Mayo to determine the minimum professional staffing needs for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as approving the Preliminary Budget for the 2013-2014 School Year.

The JAG is through the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Grants Department, in partnership with the Allentown Police Department and Devereux, will be submitting, if final approval from the Board is acquired, two concepts to this commission for Grant consideration. The District has the potential to receive up to $250,000 in funding for each concept. The SRTS Program will be auditing 9 Walkability Routes located throughout the District at Harrison Morton, Dodd, Lehigh Parkway, Mosser, Muhlenberg, Ramos, Ritter, Roosevelt, and Union Terrace. The cost to the District for this audit is $0.

Mayo will be conducting a study in the coming weeks throughout the District to determine the minimum professional staffing needs for the next school year. Mayo will determine if there is a need for an elimination or reduction in professional staffing positions for next year. If he decides there needs to be an elimination in positions, the Board will be heavily involved in approving the elimination of those positions or demoting the staff member to better fit the needs of the District.

The next Regular School Board meeting will be held on January 24th and the Board will formally vote on these agenda items after further Board Member discussion and public involvement.