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Sunday, September 23, 2018

BASD School Board talks tech upgrades

Monday, April 30, 2018 by Heather Nigrone Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Numerous technological advances were on the agenda at a recent BASD school board meeting. The board voted to approve a new online registration system designed by SRC solutions in Center Valley. This new system would simplify both new student registration as well as back to school student update forms.

The software currently supports English and Spanish, but the developer is working to render other languages common in the district, including Arabic and more.

The district is also preparing to roll out a new software from Nucitrus technologies of Quakertown, that would give the district a unified mobile presence, with their own BASD app. The app would be compatible with both android and Apple devices, and would integrate with Facebook and Twitter. The intent would be for the district to push out messages to parents, guardians, teachers, students, alumni and anyone else who downloads the application.

When a user registers they can select the district or specific buildings they would like to receive alerts for, and have the security of knowing they would be kept up to date. District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy also indicated that it would tie into the district emergency response system, which was another item voted and approved at the meeting.

The emergency response program, Navigate Prepared, was also approved. The software will provide district officials with the ability to monitor, prepare and respond to emergency situations throughout the district by having a direct line of communication to all teachers’ cellphones. The software also integrates with local emergency services to allow them to quickly and accurately navigate district buildings.

The final technology improvement approved is the Sapphire School Nurse software. This is a continued agreement to use a shared medical database software that is paid for by the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

The board also took time to acknowledge student technological successes. The board and the audience watched four video presentations from the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing contest. Each middle school in the district had a video put together by students featuring a different local business. Nitschmann explored Lutron Electronics Company, Broughal won the outstanding education value award for their video on Eastern Surfaces, and East Hills won the outstanding cool award for their video on Piramal Critical Care. However, it was Northeast that won the opportunity to continue onto the statewide tournament. Their video, featuring Atlas Machining & Welding of Northampton, is entered among the best of the best in the state. The students will find out in the upcoming weeks whether they will be selected as one of the top three winners.