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Discussion with Lynn Donches, former East Penn School Board Director

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Lynn Donches served on the East Penn School Board from December 0f 2011 through November 2015. The Commentator requested that she share her perspective on her experience.

Lynn stated that her goals upon entering office were to promote transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility while maintaining a high standard of education for the students, and to encourage more public participation.

Lynn initiated more discussions and more questions being asked with positive results. An example is a reduction in bond management fees stemming from her question asking if it was possible to reduce the fees (12/8/14 minutes). As a result, the fees were reduced by 15% (2/23/15 minutes), which in turn saved thousands of dollars. We thank you Lynn for asking that important question,

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Thank You Lynn Donches

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LVC staff

 

Monday, November 9, 2015 will be the last East Penn School Board meeting for Board Directors Lynn Donches, Samuel Rhoades, and Wally Vinovskis. We thank all for their service, but it is our opinion that special thanks goes to Lynn Donches.

Ms. Donches ran on a platform with a promise to the taxpayers for transparency and fiscal responsibility to provide a well-rounded education for the students. She upheld those promises through some very challenging meetings where she was chastised for her requests for more information on the bill list and various other requests for additional information so she could make an informed vote. None of the other Board members deemed her requests for information necessary. We commend Ms. Donches’ repeated efforts

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EAST PENN SCHOOL BOARD SET TO SAY GOOD BYE TO THREE MEMBERS

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By LVC Staff

 

The East Penn School District’s meeting on Monday, November 9th will be the last meeting for three current board members. Sam Rhodes, Wally Vinovskis and Lynn Donches will be leaving their school board positions as of December 1st with November 9th the last scheduled meeting.

Wally Vinovskis will be leaving due to his election defeat on Tuesday, November 3rd. Rev. Vinovskis had previously lost an election bid for East Penn School Board in 2011. He was ultimately appointed to fill out the term of resigned School Director Julian Stolz in 2014. While Vinovskis conducted himself as a gentleman, his unquestioned support for the School Administrations’s policy decisions may have cost him with the voters.

Sam (Sandy) Rhodes did not choose

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Jane Fretz Strikes Again

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We find it ironic that once again former East Penn School Director Jane Fretz promotes her Teacher’s Union slate of School Board candidates as being pro-education and the election opponents as anti-education. She has done this in many East Penn School Board Elections since 1990.

The latest example of Jane Fretz political propaganda appeared on Lehigh Valley Live on September 29th and once again in the East Penn Press. To quote the latest from Jane Fretz; “I am concerned about the East Penn School Board election this year as it pertains to the Chris Donatelli/Carol Allen slate. They are being promoted by people with a political agenda who want to undermine the success and excellence of the East Penn school system.”Jane does not

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News Alert, LVTP is alerting the public about School Strip Searches of Students

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by the Lehigh Valley Tea Party

Bethlehem School District is refusing to establish any policy prohibiting strip-search. If you live in the Bethlehem School District, please sign our online petition.

If you’d like to help get word out, print our flyer and post it around town. (flyer is here).

If you are willing to help us distribute flyers in front of any of the Bethlehem Area

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School District union overtime adds to public pension crisis

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The East Penn School District’s public union contract (see pgs. 6, 30, 31 and 32) has a section called “Extra pay for Extra Work”, normally refereed to as overtime pay. School Board member, Lynn Donches, asked a very insightful question at the 8/10/2015 school board meeting. She asked the administration whether the teachers who get paid overtime to coach the after school programs have this “Extra pay for Extra Work” added to their base salary. The answer, yes it is.

The list of programs is long, students can learn to juggle, scrapbook, play guitar and even Lego. Each costing $35.33 a session with a maximum of 8 sessions. These sessions were not figured into the “Extra Pay for Extra Work” costs

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School Board member asks why documents are deleted from public view

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Kudos again to East Penn School Board member, Lynn Donches. This time for bringing public attention to the fact that for years the administration has been stripping the informative documents called “Exhibits” from the agenda when they were posted on the school website as approved minutes.

Typically at a school board meeting, you can pick up a paper copy of the agenda for the night’s board meeting, and within the document are exhibits. Exhibits are items to be voted on, for example the bill list, contracts, and any other information which describe the agenda items the school board will be voting on. The problem Ms Donches pointed out was as follows, after the votes are taken and the meeting is adjourned the exhibit

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School Board member says waste less paper and shift savings toward students!

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Kudos to school board members Lynn Donches and Rebecca Heid for suggesting that the school board members switch to paperless agendas, although their reasons are worlds apart. Ms. Heid wants it done for personal reasons while Ms. Donches would like to see the cost savings shifted to student activities.

This paperless agenda request led to the discovery that the East Penn School District actually printed about 100 too many paper copies for each and every school board meeting dating back for many years. According to the administration figures, the cost savings associated to this overprinting would be $2175 per year! Over a decade this could have put $21,175 into budget line items for student activities.

The administration has been printing ~125 paper hard

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