Lehigh U. connection spotlighted
Board members and administrators honored Professor George P. White, who is retiring from Lehigh University, June 24. White has been the Iacocca Professor of Education, as well as managing director of Student Access and Success, an advisory program for first-generation college students. He has also had close ties with BASD, particularly its community school partnerships.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said, “I don’t know if there’s a school district within 100 miles of here that doesn’t have someone who was trained by George, or sought George’s expertise.”
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jack Silva said he was hired by White for his first job in education, in the Central Bucks school district, and that White has been part of “every single professional milestone in my career.”
Daniel Garcia, promoted at this meeting to Assistant Principal at Donegan ES from his previous role as dean of students, is one of White’s former students. Garcia attended Fountain Hill ES, Broughal MS, and Liberty HS, and is an example of the homegrown talent serving in the district’s schools.
The board gave final approval to items previously discussed at committee meetings, including budgetary transfers, consultant contracts and vendor selections, the Comprehensive School Improvement plan for Broughal, new textbook and professional development software purchases, grant applications, and grant-funded summer school science activities. The board also approved upcoming staff and school board attendance at a variety of professional conferences. These sessions include several “Project Lead the Way” training events and the annual PA School Boards Association (PSBA) conference in Hershey. All items passed 6–0.
Board member Angela Sinkler’s presentation on behalf of the Wellness Committee highlighted the nutrition and gardening educational programs provided by the Kellyn Foundation, as well as the more than $2,000 raised for the “Backpack Pals” program at a recent fundraiser hosted by Apollo Grill.
Additionally, the board unveiled the 2019-20 academic calendar, which was revised slightly to include Election Day as a teacher in-service day. Student instruction is scheduled to begin on August 26 and end June 9, 2020, with tentative graduation dates for Freedom HS on June 8 and Liberty HS on June 9. Details on all items approved by the board are available online (https://go.boarddocs.com/pa/beth/Board.nsf/Public) in the “Meetings” tab.