He told Donches: “You’ve gotten information. You’ve done nothing with it. You claim you’re not getting the information. And you want more of the same kind of information.

“You don’t deserve it. You don’t need it. And you haven’t convinced anybody else that you do.”

Ballard said individual board members have no more right to school district information than any other member of the public.

Make-up days announced

Seidenberger announced two make-up days have been scheduled for recent weather-related school closures. School will be open Feb. 14, to make up for the Jan. 2 closing, and April 17, to make up for the Jan. 7 closing. If more make-up days are needed, they will be added at the end of the school year: June 10, 11 and 12.

He said the district is using those dates rather than waiting until June to schedule all make-up days because it’s been “a pretty active winter so far. We want to see if we can get the school year closed close to the time that we planned.

“No matter what date we choose, we’re going to have conflicts. We apologize about that. But we will work with parents who have special circumstances. All they need to do is contact their school to alleviate any concerns they may have regarding a family trip that’s been planned.”


Although they won’t be retiring until the end of June, the school board accepted the written resignations of both Seidenberger and Cecilia Birdsell, board secretary/executive assistant.

In his letter Seidenberger, who has been East Penn’s superintendent for seven years, thanked the school board “for letting me lead.”

He wrote: “Ultimately that has been the most satisfying part of the job in East Penn and you have no idea of how gratifying it has been to work with board members who understand how the superintendent/board roles and responsibilities connect and can work in harmony.”

In her letter, Birdsell wrote: “Over the past 40 years, I have been blessed to work directly with five very different and extremely talented superintendents and hundreds of equally diverse and interesting board members.”

Teacher honored by Obama

Seidenberger announced that Susan Bauer, a 6th grade science teacher at Eyer Middle School, is one of 102 math and science teachers named by President Obama to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

She is one of only two Pennsylvania teachers to receive the honor, according to the White House.

Winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.

Bauer will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, said Seidenberger.

He said she will travel to Washington to receive the award at a ceremony in spring.

Even though Bauer was not at the board meeting, she was applauded for her accomplishment. Seidenberger said she will be honored by the school board in March.

District may save over $200,000

The school board unanimously gave the green light to Public Financial Management, its financial consultant, to refinance some of its bond debt, which should save East Penn at least $200,000.

The final amount saved will be locked in and voted on at the Feb. 24 board meeting.

Ballard indicated the money being saved can be used to help with the
2014-15 budget.

Scott Shearer of PFM said East Penn has saved a total of $11.6 million by refinancing its debt since 1998.