Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

Language guides get raise

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

At the November BASD school board meeting, the board took a step to renew its commitment to the diverse student population within the district. In addition to traditional English as a Second Language staff, the district has intermittent need for specialized language support, in situations where as few as one student may speak a language not typically supported by ESOL programming.

The district decided to remain competitive by increasing the pay-rate for these intermittent language guides to $15 per hour.

BASD-Worker’s comp costs compound

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Employee safety was discussed as a strategic initiative at the November human resources committee meeting. The board reviewed past data on worker’s comp claims, and how basic prevention guidelines have begun to reduce those costs.

Recent efforts have reduced reporting timelines, continuing a push to have all claims reported within 48 hours after the incident. The district has also seen a reduction in the overall number of claims, and has started tracking incidents by employee type and accident type to better understand training needs.

Board talks energy efficiency

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Sschool board directors listened intently while BASD Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Mark Stein presented an energy plan update compiled with the help D’Huy Engineering, Inc. giving a comprehensive overview of district energy savings.

The plan, which was launched in 2011, was set to identify energy costs in the district and strategically begin to increase efficiencies, while reducing costs, in order to allow tax dollars to be used more effectively in the district.

Academic achievements recognized

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Nine BASD students were recognized at the October board meeting for excellent academic achievements. Every year, approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SATs (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in hopes of being recognized as a high scorer. The test results yield 34,000 students who are recognized as Commended Students for their high scores, and Bethlehem was proud to have seven students who met those criteria this year.

Academic achievements recognized

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Nine BASD students were recognized at the October board meeting for excellent academic achievements. Every year, approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SATs (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in hopes of being recognized as a high scorer. The test results yield 34,000 students who are recognized as Commended Students for their high scores, and Bethlehem was proud to have seven students who met those criteria this year.

New classes planned for next year

Monday, November 19, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem School board curriculum committee took time to at its Nov. 5 meeting to announce proposed changes in high school course offerings for the 2019-20 school year. The board is constantly adapting curriculum to meet the needs and desires of the student population, and was excited to announce that American Sign Language was so popular that they are adding American Sign Language 2 next year.

Superintendent Dr. Roy said he was surprised with the level of student interest, and that the district did a fantastic job hiring two awesome teachers for the programming.

Student reps named to school board

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Each school year, two outstanding students are selected to represent Liberty and Freedom high schools at the monthly school board meetings. At the September school board meeting, Alianna Davis of Freedom and Elisabeth Lee of Liberty were given their first opportunity to speak on behalf of their schools. The Bethlehem Press took a moment to catch up with each of the girls to learn a little more about them.

Board begins planning next year’s district projects

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

No more than a few weeks after celebrating the successful conclusion of the Nitschmann school replacement project, the BASD administration and Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Mark Stein, are continuing to press forward district wide. At the Oct. 8 school board facilities committee meeting, the future of many of the district’s aging buildings was brought into discussion.