Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Saucon Valley residents took the polls Tuesday to vote for school board candidates. Below are the unofficial primary election results provided by Northampton County.
Ralph Puerta and Sandra Miller were the top vote-getters on the respective Republican and Democratic ballots in Tuesday's Saucon Valley School Board primary election race, according to unofficial results from Northampton County. A total of 11 candidates were cross-filed on both tickets, with the top four vote-getters from each side eligible to advance to the general election in November. According to the unofficial results, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the top four vote-getters among Republicans were: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the top four vote-getters among Democrats were: Therefore, the seven candidates advancing to the general election will be Puerta, Miller, Dowling, Reilly, Inghrim, Phillips and Lebkeucher. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
An alleged assault on a garbage man in Lower Saucon Township and the Saucon Valley School Board race topped the local headlines this week.
Woman Hit Garbage Man, Told Him 'I Drive a Range Rover,' Police Say Lower Saucon Township Police say Sarah Hart, of the 3500 block of North Drive, ordered a garbageman to pick up her trash with his teeth before pulling him from his truck and hitting him. 11 Candidates Running for 4 Saucon Valley School Board Seats The Saucon Valley School Board primary features 11 cross-filed candidates running for four seats. Man Was Drunk, Had Heroin on Rail Trail, Police Say A Lower Saucon Township man has been charged with public drunkenness, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tell Us: Are Traffic Police Needed on Rt. 412? Many Hellertown Patch readers say police or flagger forces are needed to help direct traffic on Route 412 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
On Tuesday, the Saucon Valley School Board voted to approve a proposed 2013-2014 district budget without a tax increase. If adopted, it will be the fifth year in a row without an increase for property owners in the school district.
A proposed 2013-2014 Saucon Valley School District budget without a tax increase was approved by school board directors at their Tuesday night meeting. Money from the district's multimillion-dollar undesignated fund balance was used to balance the roughly $40.7 million budget, which superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin pointed out is the district's fifth consecutive budget without a millage rate increase. As is often the case, the budget represents a financial compromise between competing interests. For example, although the proposed budget includes $8,108 to fund a full-time behavioral therapist in schools, it only funds the replacement of one school bus, whereas normally the district would seek to replace two buses, according to its …
Saucon Valley School Board member Ralph Puerta, who is seeking re-election to the board, submitted the following rebuttal to 'The School Board Election: A Guide for the Perplexed' by Arthur Joel Katz.
It is my belief that over time most of us come to about the same place, hopefully above midpoint, on the Perfection Scale. I make my mistakes, learn, and try to do better. So does Ed Inghrim. Therefore, in response to Arthur Joel Katz's article (published May 15, 2013): I am running with Ed in this election because I have witnessed directly his genuinely valuable contribution to analysis and planning for eight years. We have a long history of talented people serving our board. You may put yourself on that list, and you are entitled to a judgment about Ed from your perspective. However, I have seen it in much closer detail for eight years. Ed is one of those talented contributors, providing a level of expertise in some areas that we have …
The Saucon Valley School Board primary features 11 cross-filed candidates running for four seats.
Voters have plenty of candidates to choose from in the Saucon Valley School Board primary on Tuesday. Eleven candidates—three incumbents and eight challengers—are running for four seats. All candidates are cross-filed. The top four vote-getters on each ticket will advance to the general election. If the same four candidates get the most votes on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, the election will essentially be decided in the primary barring any write-in campaigns in the fall. Patch sent questionnaires to the candidates and is posting the responses in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his/her questionnaire answers. Incumbents Challengers
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I'm recommending four candidates of the 11 running in the May 21 Saucon Valley School Board of Directors primary election.
The fact that 11 candidates are entered in the May 21 primary for the four seats available on the Saucon Valley School District Board of Directors indicates many of these candidates have no notion of the work entailed, and/or they believe that they have some sort of magic formula which will enable them, if elected, to reduce school taxes without harming the educational system, and/or they have a very dim idea of how complicated being a good board member can be, and/or the patience required. As Nathan Hale is alleged to have said just before he was hung as an American spy during the Revolutionary War, “Except for the honor, I’d just as soon pass.” Seriously, a good board member must passionately believe his or her board business is to …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Meetings of the Saucon Valley School Board can now be viewed online, in real-time or as recordings.
Score one for technology—and transparency. In a testament to changing times, video recordings of Saucon Valley School Board meetings are now available online, for viewing both in real-time or as recordings. The links to the recordings are posted on the School Board Agenda page of the Saucon Valley School District website: www.svpanthers.org. Saucon Valley School Board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the high school Audion room. The most recent meeting video posted on YouTube is from the Tuesday, April 23, 2013 meeting, which was well-attended due to school bus driver outsourcing concerns. Videos of the Feb. 26, March 12, March 26 and April 9 meetings are also posted online. The next …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Robert Phillips is one of 11 candidates running for Saucon Valley School Board in the May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Robert Phillips Age: 50 Family: Wife, Sarah. Two children attending Saucon Valley Elementary School. Political party affiliation: cross-filed. Tell us about your educational background: MBA, Moravian College. BS, Computer Science with a dual major in Communications, DeSales University. Tell us about your professional/business background: I have worked in the computer and communications industry since graduating from college. I have held assignments with increasing responsibilities in sales, sales management, marketing, and client management. Currently I am a Client Director for a number of Fortune 500 companies at AT&T. Why are you running for school board? I started attending school board meetings on a regular basis over…
Cedric Dettmar is one of 11 candidates running for Saucon Valley School Board in he May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Cedric Dettmar Age: 52 Family: Wife: Kathleen; Daughter: Rebecca, 4th grade; Daughter Amanda, 1st grade; Mom: Ludy. Political party affiliation: Cross-filed Tell us about your educational background: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); MBA, UCLA Tell us about your professional/business background: I have almost 30 years management experience with high tech companies. I served as a Vice President at Oracle Corporation for many of those years and was responsible for a $25 million business unit. Currently I work for myself helping small businesses take advantage of new technology on the internet. In addition to my professional background, I also have experience in community service in Saucon Valley. When my daughters entered …
Jeanne Reilly is one of 11 candidates running in the Saucon Valley School Board May 21 primary.
Wednesday, May 1
Jeanne Reilly Age: 38 Family: I have been married to Jason Stern for 14 years and we have three children: Thomas, 10, Ellen, 9 and Fiona, 7. Political party affiliation: Democrat Tell us about your educational background: Bachelor of Arts - Haverford College Secondary Social Studies Teaching Certification Program - Bryn Mawr College Masters in Education - Lehigh University Tell us about your professional/business background: Prior to having children, I was a litigation legal assistant at Wiley Rein, LLP, in Washington, DC and a social studies teacher in Carteret, NJ. I then became a stay at home mom and a part-time SAT Prep/subject area tutor. Additionally, I completed my graduate degree at Lehigh University in counseling psychology with…