Bethlehem Press

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lehigh U. connection spotlighted

Monday, July 8, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Retiring ed prof George White honored; former student Daniel Garcia promoted at Donegan ES

Board members and administrators honored Professor George P. White, who is retiring from Lehigh University, June 24. White has been the Iacocca Professor of Education, as well as managing director of Student Access and Success, an advisory program for first-generation college students. He has also had close ties with BASD, particularly its community school partnerships.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said, “I don’t know if there’s a school district within 100 miles of here that doesn’t have someone who was trained by George, or sought George’s expertise.”

No tax increase for school district

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The school board tackled the previously tabled TransPar discussion, the teachers’ union contract, and the final budget vote at its special board meeting June 17.

The TransPar proposal for consulting services on district busing concerns were voiced by board member Eugene McKeon, who said the district commissioned a study several years ago and the recommendations of the study were not implemented, due in part to budget issues. He suggested that the larger expenditure currently under consideration might also result in recommendations the district is unable to follow.

Three new principals introduced

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

At their April 29 meeting, Bethlehem Area School Board members approved previously discussed measures, including the continued use of the Sapphire system to track students’ school nurse records and contracting with Blackboard Inc. to redesign the BASD website.

All agenda items passed by a vote of 8–0, except the awarding of the food service management contract to Aramark, which passed 6–2, opposed by Angela Sinkler and Tom Thomasik.

Three new principals introduced

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

At their April 29 meeting, Bethlehem Area School Board members approved previously discussed measures, including the continued use of the Sapphire system to track students’ school nurse records and contracting with Blackboard Inc. to redesign the BASD website.

All agenda items passed by a vote of 8–0, except the awarding of the food service management contract to Aramark, which passed 6–2, opposed by Angela Sinkler and Tom Thomasik.

Transpo, foundation costs cause debate

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

At the Human Resources Committee meeting May 13, Chief Human Resources Officer Russell Giordano presented information on the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley Internship Program, a proposal from TransPar Group to provide a full-time consultant at a cost of approximately $15,000 per month to advise on matters related to student transportation, and a proposal to convert the executive director position at the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District (currently held by Julie Bailey) from part-time to full-time, half of which would be funded by the district.