Bethlehem Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

RBG3, support programs successful

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

BASD board members heard updates on the “Reading by Grade 3” (RBG3) and secondary emotional support programs, as well as a second reading of the updated gifted student policy, at the curriculum committee meeting March 9. The board will vote to finalize the gifted policy March 23. The facilities committee reviewed a host of items, from transportation to maintenance contracts to LANTA bus passes, during its portion of the agenda.

Empowering celebrating

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The National Museum of Industrial History in South Bethlehem began its month-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote, with a two-day International Women’s Weekend on March 7 and 8. Events ranged from talks on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship by local leaders to re-enacted portrayals of scientists Emma Allison and Rebecca Lukens to a movie, Hello Girls, about the women who served in the US Army Signal Corps during WWI.

Board sets hard line for charters

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

While approving a resolution calling for charter school reform Feb. 24, the BASD school board unanimously voted to deny the Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School’s application for a new charter.

LVA’s existing charter will continue to run, and the school will continue to operate for the remainder of the charter at its current location on Valley Center Parkway.

Comprehension, vocab efforts reviewed

Monday, February 10, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Pointing to a “need for more focused, improved assessment and instruction of grade-level skills and content” in grades six through ten, BASD Superintendent of Curriculum Dr. Jack Silva announced a new district-wide professional development initiative at the curriculum committee meeting Feb. 3. More than 15 percent of district ninth-graders had more than one “F” grade on their first-quarter report card this year – a disturbing data point that, Dr.

Tears and cheers BASD holds second LV Academy hearing

Monday, February 3, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The school board held its second hearing of Lehigh Valley Academy’s request for a new charter Jan. 30, airing concerns about financing, legislative risk, construction delays, and safety issues. Attorney Allison Petersen of The Levin Group conducted the meeting on behalf of the board. LVA was represented by CEO Susan Mauser, Board President Martin Smith, and attorney Kevin McKenna.

Draft budget adopted; plan has 6.89% spending increase

Monday, January 27, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

At a special board meeting on Jan. 21, BASD voted (6–0) to adopt a preliminary budget with 6.89 percent increase in expenditures. Board members Dr. Dean Donaher, Mike Faccinetto, Craig Neiman, Emily Schenkel, Dr. Kim Shively, and Angela Sinkler were present. A budget workshop will take place March 30, prior to a proposed final budget review on May 4, a proposed final budget vote on May 11, and a final budget vote on June 15.

Charter school request Lehigh Valley Academy seeks new chart, new location

Monday, December 30, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

In a half-full auditorium at East Hill MS Dec. 16, Lehigh Valley Academy (LVA) CEO Susan Mauser represented the regional charter school in its application for a new charter. However, no new educational programming is specified in the application; in effect, the only change LVA proposes is to move its K–12 operations to a planned 200,000-square- foot campus on nearly 200 acres in Bethlehem Township. Sixty acres would be occupied by the initial phase of construction; more than 100 acres is reserved for future development on the Alloy 5 Architecture plan shared with the media.