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.
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.
District Chief Financial Officer Stacy Gober presented a tentative budget for 2019-20 May 6. It includes no increase in the tax millage for the first time in several years, and uses only $1.6 million from the general fund balance to make up a shortfall.