Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy presented each board member with a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association at the Jan. 22 meeting. This was in recognition of the excellent service the board provides for the district
After snow canceled one meeting, and nearly threatened to cancel another, the BASD Board of Directors diligently worked through four committee meetings in one, long session on Tuesday January 16th.
The Bethlehem school board took a moment to recognize two exceptional students at its Dec. 18 year-end meeting. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy invited Joshua Adams and William Lasko on the stage to celebrate their performance at the Universal Technical Institute’s Top Technician Challenge.
The Bethlehem School Board welcomed a special guest at its Dec. 4 meeting. Northampton County President Judge Stephen G. Baratta was in attendance to swear in the newest members of the board.
One by one, Board President Michael Faccinetto, Director Rogelio Ortiz, Vice President Shannon Patrick and Director Angela Sinkler were called to raise their hand and take the oath. Each was asked to swear that they would perform their duties in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth.
On Sept. 22, Senator Lisa Boscola and Lt. Governor Mike Stack held a two-hour presentation at Bethlehem city hall called Pathways to Pardons. The presentation, part of a statewide tour, is designed to reach into communities and spread a message of hope.
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 Nov. 13 meeting of the BASD finance committee was wrapped up in record time, lasting only about seven minutes, with all agenda items being recommended for vote at the regular November meeting.
The longest discussion was in regards to the replacement of a Northampton Community College trustee, José Rosado, who is unable to complete his term through 2018.
The BASD curriculum committee discussed their second charter school renewal for the 2017-18 school year Nov. 6.
Bethlehem residents and district officials gathered around Oct. 15, 1967, as Vice President Hubert Humphrey spoke at the Freedom HS and East Hills JHS dedication ceremony. His speech is still available for reading online to this day. In it, he applauded the two schools as the finest he had ever seen, saying to all involved that, “You have decided to equip those children for success – successful employment, successful college careers, successful participation in American society.”
The district finance committee had a lengthy discussion Oct. 16 to educate those in attendance about the new Homestead referendum expected on the November ballots. Board Secretary Stacy Gober brought up the topic in hopes of bringing a further understanding, and urged people in attendance to discuss the topic with the public.