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High schools will add courses

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Heather Nigrone Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Liberty HS student representative Sarafina Schultheis described all of the exciting events occurring over the next few weeks, including concerts and tree lighting ceremonies, at the Nov. 20 meeting. Student representative Andrew Youwakim proudly announced that 105 students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society at Freedom HS.

The board then breezed through passing a number of agenda items, with board President Mike Faccinetto pausing to remind the audience that the items are discussed in greater depth at the committee meetings throughout the month. An updated schedule of committee meetings for the holiday season is available on the district website for those interested.

Among the standard budgetary, financial, disciplinary and staff items passed, the board approved curriculum changes for both high schools, effective in the 2018-19 school year. New courses students can look forward to include personal finance, two in-depth criminal justice courses, American Sign Language, biomedical innovation, and lifeguard training.

Board Director Craig Neiman gave an update for the Bethlehem Area Vo Tech school, which has been debating the future of the “house project” property. After debating between selling or moving forward, the Vo-Tech has decided to keep the vision for the property as an entirely student built neighborhood, to be constructed by students over a number of years.

The meeting wrapped up on a somewhat confrontational note, with a parent of a Liberty HS student speaking out against an unnamed faculty member. The parent alleged, in addition to poor grading criteria and classroom bullying, that the teacher recently had alcoholic shot glasses as a form of classroom decoration. The board responded by engaging the appropriate staff within the district to record and address the complaints more formally.