Catasauqua school tax going up to pay...

Catasauqua school tax going up to pay for Sheckler renovation

There are 61 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 12, 2009, titled Catasauqua school tax going up to pay for Sheckler renovation. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The Catasauqua Area School Board has approved a $27.1 million 2009-10 budget that includes a 4 percent tax increase to pay for renovating Sheckler Elementary School.

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jones

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#21 Aug 1, 2009
Did you ever see a flat rubber roof on a home in the Lehigh Valley.
jones

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#22 Aug 1, 2009
John wrote:
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Storm, I think all these old geezers on here want their kids to go to wood shop and the lady-folk to go to home economics too. You don't want people in Catty to learn how to use a computer. Yaaaaa, that ain't right, na.
You people are sick how you complain about everything. I hope they don't fix the HVAC and mold grows in it so you can start to pay lawsuits for the next 40 years to save your $100 bucks a year. If you don't think it can happen look at George Wolf in Bath where they didn't upkeep the building and see how much that is costing.
I think the kids should have the right to take away your Medicare too because, frankly, keeping old people going too long is too expensive and raises my taxes.
Fine with me as long as the teachers work till they reach age 65 or in some cases 67 ? They got a pretty good thing going retiring in their 50s and depending on the taxpayers to pay now for their golden years so they can retire early.

As far as the kids demanding anything from SS, you'll never see a report on how many kids are on SSD because of some kind of malfunction or they were labeled mentally chalenged.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#23 Aug 1, 2009
Jones:

If a teacher graduated at age 23 and worked until they were 67 as you suggest- that would mean they work 44 years in teaching. This is what I mean when I say you do not understand the business. If a teacher taught 44 years, we would be wheeling them out on stretcher. You just do not understand what is all involved in teaching. Also, teachers that are 65,66, or 67 would not have the stamina to keep up with all the changing trends that occur almost yearly, and the diversity involved in education. Look, you must go into a classroom and try teaching for a day, a week, a month and quickly you begin to realize all that is involved. I also wonder how parents would react to a 67 year old teacher compared to a savy third or fourth year teacher. Not to long ago, airline pilots had to retire at 60 until someone filed a suit and now they can fly until 65.

Let me put it this way. If I was a counter person at a hardware store (I did a job like this)I could probably work until I am 67, but not teaching. It is just different, unique, stressful, demanding. Now, I guess a counter salesman can say his job is all of those but not to the same degree. It is just different and you can only understand this if you taught for an extened period of time.

Quite honestly this is all I have to say to you because you don't understand nor do you have the ability to comprehend what I just told you.
jones

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#24 Aug 1, 2009
Then quit following me on these posts.

Your body is a machine that needs to be used to keep it running. For a few years I had a job that I didn't move around too much in and hated it ,just like the teachers hate standing in one spot in a classroom and retire early on our dime.

Comprehend this : Don't respond to me unless you read shittehead somewhere in the post. That will mean you can jump in.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#25 Aug 1, 2009
Jones:

You are a disgusting person and your quote:

,just like the teachers hate standing in one spot in a classroom and retire early on our dime.

This statement shows your ignorance. You are clueless about what an teacher does and this is evident by your last statement. I am not happy with your last statement but I guess you need to do this because you cannot respond intelligently about the issue. Your last statement makes me want to find you somehow or somewhere.
jones

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#26 Aug 1, 2009
It's "a teacher" not an teacher ?

I'm not really all that disgusting ,I have maybe one or two friends that I can count as friends.

"Your last statement makes me want to find you somehow or somewhwere" ?

Musikfest Monday night about eight Main st. You may have to stand in line cougar. I'll let you know what kind of bracelet I will be wearing.

Good luck.
catty taxpayer

Allentown, PA

#27 Aug 9, 2009
There were blueprints of the present day middle school which had shown that the school could have been built up to accomodate both middle school and high school. Also, there are many senior citizens who are barely making ends meet, cannot afford their meds, food, and taxes. With the possibility of the airport taking houses in the future, everyone else's taxes will be going up even more. Right, there is no room for growth, why build a conglomerate of a high school. Go talk to the guidance counselor, and he will surely tell you how much he loves the new high school.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#28 Aug 10, 2009
Catty taxpayer:

There were blueprints of the present day middle school which had shown that the school could have been built up to accomodate both middle school and high school.

Totally incorrect. That building would have needed so much renovations that the cost would be very high. In addtion, state reimbursement for a high school is much higher than for renovcating an old building. The board at that time made a decision to go with the recommendation from the engineers that too mcuh work would be needed on the middle school. There is one other factor- asbestos.

As far as the uidance counselor is concerned, he was hired by the district to be a gudidance counselor, not someone who makes decisions on where to place a high school. I guess he would be happy playing basketball in the dingy Lincoln Gym. The school has been there four or five years- get ovr it already.
DHuey

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#29 Aug 10, 2009
catty taxpayer wrote:
There were blueprints of the present day middle school which had shown that the school could have been built up to accomodate both middle school and high school. Also, there are many senior citizens who are barely making ends meet, cannot afford their meds, food, and taxes. With the possibility of the airport taking houses in the future, everyone else's taxes will be going up even more. Right, there is no room for growth, why build a conglomerate of a high school. Go talk to the guidance counselor, and he will surely tell you how much he loves the new high school.
Check the the old blueprints and see if there are any more rooms added. They do this all the time. Build a bigger school tell you its smaller and do away with help. Dining room for teachers , lounge and kitchen. More storage space but that gets loaded up in a few months ,so your left with a new school that has less classroom space. Maybe a sunken playground and 20 ft wide steps that could have held five or six new classrooms.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#30 Aug 10, 2009

BHuey

Maybe a sunken playground and 20 ft wide steps that could have held five or six new classrooms.

I am not sure I can follow your thinking here. What sunken palyground???
DHuey

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#31 Aug 10, 2009
Stevie wonder could see that from the glass enclosed walkway. I'm trying my best not to be so rude . It doesn't work all the time. I don't know about the Catty schools . This was supposed to be the Taj Mihal of all schools?

As soon as this site goes down I'm outa here.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#32 Aug 10, 2009
DHuey wrote:
Stevie wonder could see that from the glass enclosed walkway. I'm trying my best not to be so rude .
' It doesn't work all the time. I don't know about the Catty schools . This was supposed to be the Taj Mihal of all schools?
As soon as this site goes down I'm outa here.
Sorry. I am the dense one. But I do not understand what you are talking about at all. Are u saying Catty High is the Taj Mahal or another schgool,
jones

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#33 Aug 10, 2009
Don Egan
tired of it

Allentown, PA

#34 Aug 12, 2009
TO STORM,

I guess you have all of the answers, nobody wanted the new school, it appears that all of the comment makers do not like the new school, let's see, more bussing, more gas, let's cut out all the many unnecessary trips like Bethlehem is doing, it's time to go back to learning instead of going to Knoebel's, NYC trip seeing a Broadway show, the Washington D.C. trip where the kids think it's a play day, and the Philadelphia Art Museum where the kids think its a play day out of school. Let's get back to the basics. Furthermore, there are parent volunteers who chaperone the kids, the teachers walk around all day.
tired of it

Allentown, PA

#35 Aug 12, 2009
I guess the school board, the ones who voted in the new school, are nowhere to be found. They're out of here. I am glad that I didn't vote for them. The taxpayers pay the taxes, but didn't have a say about the new school, only the school board. We pay for their salary, thay are to act on what the residents want, not what they want. I can see that once the airport buys these houses, everyone else's taxes will go sky high, then more foreclosures in the good old million dollar town.
fed up

Allentown, PA

#36 Aug 12, 2009
To Storm, I do not see an increased enrollment in the district, how can that be? We are landlocked, remember? As they cannot build a new school in Catasauqua, nor can there be any more new houses in the borough, either. No new houses, no new residents in borough, they just bought townhouses on Lenape Circle, and houses on Race Street, which are knocked down. The townhouses on Willowbrook never happened, where is the increased enrollment? From Allentown moving in on Front St., they move in and out so fast.
Hoser

Allentown, PA

#37 Aug 12, 2009
Yeah, this is pathetic!!!

The next thing will be the lovely union and their pet teachers, shoving up your asses.

You cannot blame anyone but yourselves. You voted them in!!!

Caty needs to be absorbed by Northampton to survive the long term. They will ultimately fail when they continue to raise taxes on the few residents they currently have. Do the math. They cannot sustain themselves for much longer.
fed up

Allentown, PA

#38 Aug 12, 2009
Yeah, too bad for those here who did not vote the school board in. I always thought that those who are voted in are suppose to go according to what the voters want, sometimes the taxpayers figure the school board will do whatever they want anyway, so some of us do not bother to go into the meetings. TYPICAL bureaucrats and government.
Hoser

Allentown, PA

#39 Aug 12, 2009
fed up wrote:
Yeah, too bad for those here who did not vote the school board in. I always thought that those who are voted in are suppose to go according to what the voters want, sometimes the taxpayers figure the school board will do whatever they want anyway, so some of us do not bother to go into the meetings. TYPICAL bureaucrats and government.
My family has been fighting for this country for 3 generations, and each and everyone of them will tell you, if you don't vote, shut your mouth.

Who is ultimately to blame????? If you and I, as the voters, allow them to continue in their role, by not voting them out????

The biggest problem will be finding a person who will do the job because they care about the people, and not their own pocket book!!!!
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#40 Aug 13, 2009
Tired of it:

How old are you? You sound about 75 -80. You said, Nobody wanted the new school. I say you are totally wrong. 5 people on the board wanted it but they also represented a large number of people who also wanted a new school. Many people voiced their opposition to the school but many voiced the need for the school and since there is no room in Catty, it was placed where it is today. The statement that "nobody wanted the new school" is toally false and lacks accuracy.

By the way, I graduated in the mid 60s and to this day remember my class trip to Washington DC including my visit to the White House, the Washington Monument, and the many museums that made an impact on me. Why should we deny the kids today from taking these trips? I know- becasue of the ridiculous statement that parents do the work and the teachers walk around all day. Oh God, your age is showing.

The statement, we pay their salary, is totally incorrect. A school Board member (501 districts) has never received a paycheck from the district. Now where did you get that information from. I bet you sit at the Catty Pool and hear all this misinformation from your buddies. Just keep giving the information and I will keep correcting you.

You also talked about taxes going sky high- do you realize how much money the district receives from Hanover Township. If it wasn't for Hanover Township and the vision that those people have to see beyond thir noses, your taxes would triple. Support your local township, shop at the new mall and buy you new wardrobe at Target.

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