Catasauqua Area district hints at repurchase of Lincoln Middle ...

The Catasauqua Area School District has expressed interest in buying back one of its former properties, which could derail plans for a proposed charter school. Full Story
Go Figure

Allentown, PA

#1 Oct 8, 2008
Like Catasauqua can afford to buy anything. They already have a high school in another township and county so they can bus all their students. Does "Let's cut off our nose in spite of our face" ring a bell.
Brian

Allentown, PA

#2 Oct 8, 2008
I have pre-enrolled my child for Thomas Paine, I did not like the fact of the times they picked to have these meetings. Both myself and my wife work and could not make the meeting. I believe more people would have been there if the time was more convenient. I hope they approve the charter school.

My son attends Gockley and is in first grade and he has about 25 students in his class as well. So that is alot as well.
Homeschool Catty Mom

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Oct 8, 2008
Living in Catasauqua and knowing the school district personnel well, the teachers in the district are not "highly qualified." Sure some can take tests and pass them so the state deems them "highly qualified" in their teaching domain, but they are not challenging these students. Many teachers are more interested in other's personal lives than the children's educational outcomes. Although I really like the curriculum and how it allows teachers to show their teaching talen, I LOVE the strick disciplinary code and how parents will have to be engaged with their child's(ren) education. One foundational component this district does not have.

“Trying to do the best I can.”

Since: Jul 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#4 Oct 8, 2008
What a mess this will turn out to be....
Stupidity reigns at Catty

United States

#5 Oct 8, 2008
I am SICK AND TIRED of throwing money at the Catasauqua School District. Building the new, expensive high school and reburbishing the old high school to turn it into a middle school costs big bucks. The school board SOLD Lincoln to try to soften the blow on how much money it would cost to upgrade the old high school. NOW...to STOP THE CHARTER SCHOOL...they want to BUY BACK the building they sold? They are a bunch of fiscal incompetents up there. They make one bad decision after another. Except for Dawn B. and a few, Penny Hahn and company should be voted out. They don't know what they are doing. STOP STEALING THE MONEY OF THE CATTY AND NORTH CATTY TAXPAYERS. Buying back Lincon...for STORAGE, I hear. I'll bet they buy it back for MORE than then sold it for! Typical!
Truth

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Oct 8, 2008
Stupidity reigns at Catty wrote:
I am SICK AND TIRED of throwing money at the Catasauqua School District. Building the new, expensive high school and reburbishing the old high school to turn it into a middle school costs big bucks. The school board SOLD Lincoln to try to soften the blow on how much money it would cost to upgrade the old high school. NOW...to STOP THE CHARTER SCHOOL...they want to BUY BACK the building they sold? They are a bunch of fiscal incompetents up there. They make one bad decision after another. Except for Dawn B. and a few, Penny Hahn and company should be voted out. They don't know what they are doing. STOP STEALING THE MONEY OF THE CATTY AND NORTH CATTY TAXPAYERS. Buying back Lincon...for STORAGE, I hear. I'll bet they buy it back for MORE than then sold it for! Typical!
I have to agree with you except for your comment about DB - she also flipped her vote on the new H.S.
Diva

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Oct 8, 2008
Homeschool Catty Mom wrote:
Living in Catasauqua and knowing the school district personnel well, the teachers in the district are not "highly qualified." Sure some can take tests and pass them so the state deems them "highly qualified" in their teaching domain, but they are not challenging these students. Many teachers are more interested in other's personal lives than the children's educational outcomes. Although I really like the curriculum and how it allows teachers to show their teaching talen, I LOVE the strick disciplinary code and how parents will have to be engaged with their child's(ren) education. One foundational component this district does not have.
That's quite an attack on the Catty teachers. I hope you are not teaching English in your homeschool, as your grammar and spelling are somewhat below par. Are YOU "highly qualified"? Regarding parental involvement in Catty; parents are able to choose how involved they are in their child's education. If you choose not to be involved, the onus lies on the individual parent.
A Realistic View

United States

#8 Oct 8, 2008
I know Chris Hoenscheid and he is a great teacher and is very passionate about education. I am sure that Catty is worried that they may have a decrease in enrollment if this school is started in their backyard. I hope that the board does the right thing and allows the school to open.
Cat

Bath, PA

#9 Oct 8, 2008
Ignorance is dangerous, but knowledge without responsibility is more dangerous.
The Catasauqua school board has proven this time after time.
Catty resident

Johnstown, PA

#10 Oct 10, 2008
Diva wrote:
<quoted text>
That's quite an attack on the Catty teachers. I hope you are not teaching English in your homeschool, as your grammar and spelling are somewhat below par. Are YOU "highly qualified"? Regarding parental involvement in Catty; parents are able to choose how involved they are in their child's education. If you choose not to be involved, the onus lies on the individual parent.
I think it's ridiculous that teachers are so quick to blame the parents when the parents complain about issues. I am very involved in my child's education and am disgusted with the education he is receiving in the district. I feel that a majority of the teachers that work in the district should not be in the teaching profession; we have lived here for 4 years and my son has had only one teacher that seemed to care about the students and helped to keep them challenged no matter what their learning level was. I have had to argue with many teachers about how little my son was being challenged and listened to more excuses than I care to recount. We as parents can only be as involved as the school allows us to be. If the teachers and school are not willing to hear what we have to say about our child's education and work with us to educate our children in the best way for them, then they shouldn't be so quick to pass the blame to us. It is not our responsibility to provide our children with a proper education nor are we paid to do so - that would be the responsibility of the school district and the teachers that teach within it. I hope they are able to open the charter school so that those who feel cheated by the education offered by the district have another option for their children.
I won't even get into the insanity of buying a building for storage that was sold because it would have cost too much to repair to keep operating as a high school.
mom from catty

Winston Salem, NC

#11 Oct 20, 2008
I believe this is absurd!!!! It is hard enough to make ends meet living in Catty and now we will have to dish out more money for a few peoples bad decisions!! The school board needs to get it together and stop spending the taxpayers money as if it were their own. Must be nice to make these kind of decisons for others. But hey we got a beautiful school there in Northampton!!
mom from catty

Winston Salem, NC

#12 Oct 20, 2008
I also believe it is wrong that you blame the teachers. I have 3 kids in the Catty school district and from my oldest in 8th grade all the way down to my youngest in 3rd grade they have all had the best teachers and have learned so much from all of them. I am very involved with their education and have never had a problem with any of the teachers or the communication between myself and them. It may be that we have just gotten lucky but all of the kids teachers so far have been awesome!!
Catty Taxpayer

AOL

#13 Oct 26, 2008
The decision to build OUR high school in Northampton was one of the most idiotic and financially irresponsible ones I have seen in a long time. Second only to putting lights in trees to attract people to Catty, and having us foot that electric bill. That's your borough council president.
I hear from some long time residents how good the quality of education used to be and how, presently, there are more drugs for sale there than homework being handed out. Given what I see and hear walking down our streets, I have no choice but to believe that is true.
I think it's time for us to closely scrutinize what goes on in council, what the school board proposes, and who is kissing who's butt here in town. The back scratching that goes on in this little town is deafening, and I do not believe "we" are being represented, neither from borough council nor the school board.
Get your microscopes out and pay attention people. Their not going to kiss us first!
not so anonymous

Allentown, PA

#14 Dec 22, 2008
This might not be necessary because it looks like the School is being used by a relative of Abe's.
Catty Man

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Dec 22, 2008
Complain as you may regading the decisions made by a school board.
But you voted them into office (along with any other officials in any level of government). So stand by your choice, or rather, your inability to make a good choice.
And by saying "you", I do not intentionally mean a specific poster on these boards, but the voting public of citizens in general.

George Carlin said it best....
"When you have stupid, incompetent, greedy citizens, it's only natural you get the same from your chosen leaders."

You wanted your cake, now eat it too!
parent

Allentown, PA

#16 Jun 18, 2009
heard a rumor that Lincoln Middle School was leased out - anyone know anything about that?
Catasauqua taxpayer

Allentown, PA

#17 Apr 17, 2010
I have read some comments on previous story lines written by STORM, who is constantly bashing the taxpayers. This person seems to think everyone wanted the new high school in East Township. All property taxpayers are paying through the roof on a high school of which the majority of Catasauqua townspeople did not want or need. Easton is cutting back teachers, many are losing their jobs, and unable to keep up with the normal everyday bills, like food, electricity, gas, just to name a few. Who needed a conglomerate high school fit for a king, it's not the building that we need, but teachers that are willing to teach.
John

Whitehall, PA

#18 Apr 21, 2010
Catty taxpaye:
You wrote this:
All property taxpayers are paying through the roof on a high school of which the majority of Catasauqua townspeople did not want or need.
But a majority of school board memebers saw the need after studying various options for months and even a year. Numerous hearings were held by the board to seek input but the probelm is there were people who were very much for the new high school. It is similar to the health care bill. No matter what you say, many were for it and many were against it and in a representative democracy it comes back to the elected people. With another board, we may not have had the new school but that is the way it goes. I am bot happy about the health care bill but what do I do, move to Sosta Rica. Obviously something had to be done about upgrades at the high school and then what do you do with the Lincoln school that had costs for repairs going out of the roof, quite literally because the next major expense would be a new roof. In defense of the board members, the scenarios were studied, restudied and sstudied again befor the final vote was taken.
Concenring you wish to have teachers that teach--read post #12 from above. I will paste it in for you:
I also believe it is wrong that you blame the teachers. I have 3 kids in the Catty school district and from my oldest in 8th grade all the way down to my youngest in 3rd grade they have all had the best teachers and have learned so much from all of them. I am very involved with their education and have never had a problem with any of the teachers or the communication between myself and them. It may be that we have just gotten lucky but all of the kids teachers so far have been awesome!!
I Have A Headache

Tappahannock, VA

#19 May 18, 2010
Funny,funny story. Who makes up this stuff?

Buying back a school you just sold, building a school in another township.
You all have a wild imagination.

Very funny stuff.

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