Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sodexo vows to continue Backpack program

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The December Bethlehem School Board meeting was perhaps one of the quickest meetings the district has seen in quite some time, with everyone eager to get back to their families.

In the holiday spirit of giving, there was one recognition called out. Sodexo School Services, who provides the school meals for BASD, took a moment to renew their annual pledge to the Backpack Pals program, which provides food for students facing hunger issues at home.

Faccinetto retains presidency

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem School Board held its annual reorganization meeting Dec. 3, and Board President Michael Faccinetto, who had been noticeably missing from the past few committee and board meetings, was nominated and approved to retain his seat for the upcoming year. He apologized for his recent absences, which he attributed to his classwork at Lehigh University and a particular professor who is not willing to excuse Faccinetto from class.

Faccinetto, who has an undergraduate degree in insurance from Penn State, is presently nearing completion of his masters in education.

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.