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Monday, June 1, 2020

Online lessons begin

Monday, April 6, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Teachers, students

With the Pa. Department of Education closing all public schools statewide through at least the end of April, BASD shifted to online learning March 30. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy’s message to parents, posted on the district’s website March 24, is that “in terms of detailed content, less is more,” but that “in terms of positively engaging and connecting with students, more is better.” District teachers and principals have been connecting in new and often light-hearted ways, with the social and emotional benefits accruing to both faculty and students.

Filling a seat Candidates interviewed, new budget unveiled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The BASD school board March 16 interviewed Winston C. Alozie, Basilio A. Bonilla Jr. and Sam Hopp, Ph.D., for the Region 1 seat recently vacated by Rogelio Ortiz. The board also reviewed the 2020-21 budgets from Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech (BAVTS), Northampton Community College (NCC), and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 (IU20).

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.