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Kennedy resigns from school board


Special to The Press

Long time Parkland School Director David Kennedy resigned from the board on Jan. 4 to assume a seat on the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners which he won in the November 2021 Municipal Election.

At the Dec. 21, 2021 meeting, the board voted to appoint David Hein to Kennedy’s unexpired term on the Lehigh Carbon Community College Board of Trustees.

Some discussion occurred on the matter.

Board member Jarrett Coleman questioned whether Kennedy could remain on the LCCC board while no longer being on the school board.

Solicitor Steven Miller said he would have to research the issue.

A back-and-forth discussion ensued, with Coleman favoring Kennedy’s option to continue on the LCCC board.

Kennedy then provided his thoughts on the topic.

“I appreciate your [Coleman’s] comments, but let’s just move on,” Kennedy said.

“If that’s your choice,” Coleman replied.

The vacancy created by Kennedy’s resignation was advertised and the school board received resumes from individuals interested in the job.

The board was expected to interview applicants at the Jan. 25 meeting and select Kennedy’s replacement, who will serve until December 2023.

Moving on to the Jan. 18 meeting, the board approved the appointments of Jonathan Kumernitsky, North Whitehall; Kevin Hodrick, Upper Macungie; and Scott Adams III, South Whitehall as deputy tax collectors, who were chosen by the tax collectors in each of the townships.

Deputies are authorized to receive and collect taxes in the same manner and with the same authority as the tax collector who appointed them.

Tax collectors are responsible for the taxes received by the deputies and shall account to the school district for all taxes collected by the deputies.

Deputies must also be approved by the township they represent.

In a different matter, the board approved purchase of a stainless steel, commercial Speed Queen 55-pound washing machine and base frame for $19,195 which includes delivery and installation.

The washer is used daily to clean the uniforms from 21 athletic teams, dish towels from the family consumer sciences classes, and some rags and mops.

With the change from two monthly board meetings to only one, some of the presentations which had taken place at the monthly workshop sessions are now happening at committee meetings.

The three standing committees - buildings and grounds; personnel and finance; and academics, arts and athletics; - meet 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on the Monday during the week before the regular board meeting.

FILE PHOTO David Kennedy