Thursday, May 16, 2013
East Penn School Board member Julian Stolz is also running for Emmaus mayor and Emmaus Borough Council, but he won't be allowed to serve on all three bodies if he wins.
Controversial East Penn School Board member Julian Stolz will be on Tuesday's primary ballot running for both Emmaus mayor and Emmaus Borough Council. But which seat does he really want? He is prohibited by law from holding all of them at once. Stolz declined this week to answer questions from Patch about his commitment to the school board and his interest in borough council. Stolz did announce that he has decided to support Mayor Winfield Iobst for re-election and will withdraw from the mayor's race as soon as he "can legally do so." Stolz said he decided to run against the incumbent when he thought Iobst was part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Stolz says that Iobst is no longer part of that coalition and says he believes the mayor now …
Eight candidates are vying for four East Penn School Board seats in Tuesday’s primary election.
Eight candidates, including two incumbents, are seeking four seats on the East Penn School Board. All the candidates have cross-filed, meaning they will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. According the Lehigh County voter registration office, the following candidates are on the ballot for the May 21 primary: The East Penn School District includes Emmaus, Alburtis and Macungie and Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships. Board seats are four-year terms.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The East Penn Board of School Directors is expected to consider its involvement in the proposed TIF financing for the Hamilton Crossings project at Monday night's school board meeting.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
What's happening with the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center that will feature the Lehigh Valley's first Costco store?
The $140 million Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie—set to feature the area's first Costco—will be up for an important vote at next week's East Penn School Board meeting, according to a WFMZ report. The school board will be the first of three government bodies asked to approve a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan to help pay for the project. A TIF is an economic tool to help develop a site that requires a large amount of money to pay up-front costs. In this case, the costs involve removing waste from iron mining and addressing stormwater issues before the land can be developed. Ideally, the school district, Lower Macungie Township and Lehigh County will each approve their portion of the TIF. The school board meets Monday …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wanda Mercado-Arroyo is one of eight candidates running for East Penn School Board in the May 21 primary election.
Wednesday, May 1
Age: 55 Family: My spouse of almost 32 years Samuel Arroyo Political party affiliation: Republican all my life Tell us about your educational background: Certification in Educational Administration From the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Houston, TX - 1996 M.S. Multicultural Studies in Education From the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Houston, TX - 1987 B.S. in Biology From Puerto Rico State University at Rio Piedras, P.R. - 1981 Professional Certifications Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Professional Certificate, Elementary & Secondary Principal, 2000 Texas Professional Mid-Management Administrator (Grades PK-12), 1996-Life Texas Instructional Leadership Training Certificate Texas Teacher Appraisal System Certification Texas …
Z.W. Munson is one of eight candidates running for East Penn School Board in the May 21 primary election.
Wednesday, May 1
Age: 42 Family: I am married, with two children in the district (aged 8 and 12). Political party affiliation: I am a registered Republican. I am cross-filed on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. Educational background: I graduated from a public high school in Minnesota. I received my BA from the University of Chicago, and both my MA and PhD from Harvard University. Professional background: I am an Associate Professor at Lehigh University, where I teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I am also the director of the Social Science Research Center, and sit on the Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium. Why are you running for East Pen School Board? I am running because I believe public education …
Incumbent Rebecca Heid is one of eight candidates running for East Penn School Board in the May 21 primary election.
Wednesday, May 1
Family: Husband, Douglas Barcza Political party affiliation: Republican Tell us about your educational background: B.S.- in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University (2000) / M.B.A from Johnson & Wales University (2003) Tell us about your professional/business background: Assistant Professor in Hotel/Restaurant Management at Northampton Community College Why are you running for East Penn School Board? I am comfortable with the budget process and feel I have represented the community. What qualifies you to serve on East Penn School Board? Five years’ experience in education industry Believe in Community Service and Volunteer Work Served three plus years as an East Penn School Board Director Served three …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
We have a school board candidate blogging on Patch and all local candidates are invited to do the same.
East Penn School Board candidate Ziad Munson is blogging on Patch and voters can gain insight into his perspective by reading his blog. Related story: Eight candidates are running for four seats on the East Penn School Board. Munson's latest blog post begins: Have you heard something like this before? "Schools are so inefficient.They are so poorly run," the complaint goes. And then, "if only schools were run like private businesses, things would improve." No! Public schools are not businesses. Nor should they be. And the model of private business is not appropriate for improving public education. Munson goes on to give reasons supporting his stance. You can read his complete blog post here. Do you agree that schools should not be run like …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
East Penn Invested Citizens and the East Penn Chamber of Commerce are hosting a non-partisan candidates night featuring East Penn School Board candidates on April 30.
East Penn Invested Citizens (EPIC) and the East Penn Chamber of Commerce invite voters to the Macungie Institute on Tuesday night from 7 to 9 for a chance to meet the candidates running for East Penn School Board in the upcoming May 21 primary. All school board candidates have been invited to the non-partisan session, according to an EPIC flier about the program, and the public is welcome to contribute questions prior to the event to email@example.com. According to an unofficial list from the Lehigh County voter registration office, the following candidates are on the ballot for the May 21 primary: All candidates are cross-filed in the race, meaning they will appear on the Democratic and Republican ballots.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Julian Stolz is grateful the East Penn Board of School Directors has not censured him.
After several meetings at which East Penn School Director Julian Stolz was the topic of several public comments, Monday night's school board meeting was surprisingly Stolz-free until he spoke up just before it was adjourned. Over the past month or so, some associations and posts that Stolz wrote on Twitter were deemed vulgar and extremely insulting to the students of the East Penn School District. Some parents called for his resignation. Other parents wanted the board to censure him, a move that Stolz called "a slap on the wrist." "I'd like to take a moment to thank my fellow board members," he said as he began a statement thanking them for not taking the suggestion of some parents to censure him. "Last meeting, you were asked to draft a …