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.
The school board’s curriculum committee discussed charter renewal for the Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School (LVDLCS), located in Bethlehem Oct. 9. Under state law, all charter schools must seek renewal of their charter every five years, and a large portion of that process is an in-depth investigation by the chartering school district, as well as a question session before the board.
The board finance and facilities committees met Sept. 18. The topic of the evening was the extensive 2017 summer projects the district undertook. Projects ranging in scale from technology upgrades to new construction and demolition, made summer 2017 was the busiest summer the district has faced in years. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said he was impressed with the sheer volume of work that had to come together for the district to make these improvements.
The schcool board recognized President Michael Faccinetto for his eight years of service to the district at its Sept. 25 meeting, but did not linger in celebration.
Members quickly swept through business and recommendations, as well as reports from students and committees. One interesting item up for vote, and approved unanimously, was a memorandum of understanding between Bethlehem and the district.
In its 27th year, National Recovery Month is continuing its climb out of the darkness that is the stigma of addiction and into headlines around the globe. This year, Recovery Month follows only a few weeks after President Trump declared the opioid epidemic in America a national emergency.
Local Lehigh Valley news has been plagued with stories of tragic deaths from overdoses and families torn apart by addiction. There is no one path to recovery and no one way to erase this problem, but there are millions of voices that are willing and able to help, and here are just a few of them.
Tentative details about the Freedom HS 50th anniversary rededication event were released at the school board curriculum committee meeting Sept. 11. The event will be held at Freedom Oct. 15, from noon until 5 p.m. Plans for the outdoor event will include a large selection of food trucks, outdoor sports activities for kids, as well as guided tours and a slide show presentation inside the building.
At the final meeting before the start of the school year Aug. 21, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy was proud to announce that 53 new teachers were attending orientation, with an official convocation ceremony to be held at Liberty HS Aug. 23. This marks the final chapter in the district’s summer-long focus on hiring to provide the least disruption during the school year as possible.
The Bethlehem School Board held a special board meeting Aug. 7. Although the board took off during July, this special meeting confirmed that the commitment to employees and students doesn’t get a vacation.
The Bethlehem Area School Board recognized five Freedom HS students at the June 26 board meeting. Freedom HS Assistant Principal Maureen Leeson, FHS Band Director Michael Moran and board member Dr. Dean Donaher presented the students with awards for participation in a variety of competitive musical performances. BASD falls within Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 and requires intense auditions against students from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill Counties. From left: Jana Boksan – PMEA District 10 Band,