Catasauqua again rejects proposed charter school

There are 13 comments on the Dec 6, 2008, The Morning Call story titled Catasauqua again rejects proposed charter school. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

For the second time this year, the Catasauqua Area School Board on Thursday unanimously rejected a charter school proposal.

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Overtaxed taxpayer

Trenton, NJ

#1 Dec 6, 2008
Have one question how does the school board meet in a school that is not in the school district?
John

Long Island City, NY

#2 Dec 6, 2008
Why don't you ask Easton High? They have been doing it for 30 years.

Get over it.
Red Baron

Bangor, PA

#3 Dec 6, 2008
Catasauqua needs all the education they can muster! Don't turn it away.
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#4 Dec 6, 2008
Overtaxed taxpayer wrote:
Have one question how does the school board meet in a school that is not in the school district?
Is it illegal to have a school in another district? No. Then why even comment on this stupid point. The school has been there for almost four years since the start of construction. The school is beautiful and well-equipped. Why not let the kids go to school in an outstanding facility than the rundown school that would still be there in the name of Lincoln School. That building is so bad and there are so many construction updates that need to be made(as per an consulting firm) that it is a crime that this charter school would use a building that is falling apart. Why would parents want to send there kids to a building that is falling apart??? Dawn Berigan should know better since she was on the board when a study was done on Lincoln and cast a vote to build in Northampton which I applaud. People need to get a life and forget that the high school is in Northampton. Good grief!!!!!!!
We have more pressing matters in the world that this. Let's close the door on this silly discussion of where the high school is located.
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#5 Dec 6, 2008
Red Baron wrote:
Catasauqua needs all the education they can muster! Don't turn it away.
Catty graduates 110 kids. It is a small community thats has three schools and each is doing well as per the PSSA test scores since that is all that matters today. The money the districts uses to pay for those kids in the charter school will only increase taxes because they cannot afford to lose money for something that is not needed.
Denise

Allentown, PA

#6 Dec 6, 2008
Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Catty graduates 110 kids. It is a small community thats has three schools and each is doing well as per the PSSA test scores since that is all that matters today. The money the districts uses to pay for those kids in the charter school will only increase taxes because they cannot afford to lose money for something that is not needed.
Charter schools will actually cost less per student. That's the real truth.
get real

Nazareth, PA

#7 Dec 6, 2008
Here's another truth, the Lincoln building is not falling apart. It is currently uninhabited and a blight on our community. That building would be fine after some updates. If it were so bad why would the district be considering buying it back?
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#8 Dec 6, 2008
get real wrote:
Here's another truth, the Lincoln building is not falling apart. It is currently uninhabited and a blight on our community. That building would be fine after some updates. If it were so bad why would the district be considering buying it back?
Here another truth-- Why hasn't Atiyeh sold the building if it is such good shape. I am telling you an engineering firm reported the inadequicies of the building . Now don't twell me the truth. The diustrict is not buying the building. There was some interest in the newer part for some office space. The rest of the building is a mess.
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#9 Dec 6, 2008
Red Baron wrote:
Catasauqua needs all the education they can muster! Don't turn it away.
If you live in Wind Gap how do you know what Catty needs. Just worry about the sad state of the slate belt. Catty will take care of itself.
John

Baltimore, MD

#10 Dec 7, 2008
Lincoln School was falling apart when I went there in 1991. I could only imagine whats its like now. Try to have students switching classes on that back staircase that goes to the gym. If that isn't a fire hazard then what is. Not to mention there is no ventilation in a building that is over 100 years old. George Wolf had black mold in it. I can only imagine what is growing in the walls of that place. There is not even an elevator to the third floor, no kitchen to make food for students. Not to mention you ate lunch in what looked like a prison cafeteria in the basement where the dishwasher was next to the boiler room (very sanitary). I also loved the fact that the only air conditioning was in the office and the library, while the rest of us sweated all day with not even a fan in the room.
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#11 Dec 7, 2008
Get real

Why don't you respond to John from NYC. He was there and he knows.
get real

Nazareth, PA

#12 Dec 7, 2008
Storm, I don't know how you know what's going on with the building, but
I know the results of the evaluations too. The building is not falling apart, it is old and was not kept up as it should have been. Buildings that old were built too well to just "fall apart".

John, all my chiildren attended school there, and it was fine. No, there was not air conditioning, since when has that been a necessity in Pa?
Any problem can be into something more. There was a kitchen, there was a cafeteria and the dishwasher was not across the hall from the boiler room. The boiler room is somewhere else. There was no mold, there were roach problems, but that is going to be a problem anywhere there is food, any restaurant and hotel must constantly spray for them.

That said, since the building has been uninhabited and probably uncared for in the past 2 years, it will need extra work. Less costly to renovate that building than to build new.

Who knows why Atiyah can't sell it, he is not the easiest person to deal with.
whitey

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Dec 10, 2008
as long as the taxes r being paid, i dont care what they do with it

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