Pennsylvania Auditor General Agrees Charter School Law Needs Change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Harrisburg officials to move to change current charter school laws that allow for less oversight during a press conference held at Northeast Middle School on September 11, 2018.

One of the findings of DePasquale’s audit is a loophole that he says essentially allows charter schools to put up buildings without having to put the construction job out for public bid, including the $25 million Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts built four years ago.

“The charter school did not do anything against the law, but the law needs to be changed,” DePasquale said. SOURCE: WFMZ.com

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New Ways to Stay Connected to What’s Going on in the Bethlehem Area School District

We are excited to update you on the many ways you can stay connected to what’s happening in the district and the community. Below, you’ll find information about our mobile app, new online registration system, BASD TV, and our social media channels. We hope that these tech updates will make it easy for you to stay informed about what’s going on in the district. Download our new BASD mobile app, follow us on social media, and tune into our new 24/7 TV channel. We value your participation in your child’s education and hope that you enjoy our new tech-savvy updates. Continue reading “New Ways to Stay Connected to What’s Going on in the Bethlehem Area School District”

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy appointed Chair of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Board of Directors

2017 PA Superintendent of the Year will lead UWGLV into next century of service; new board members announced

Allentown, PA July 18, 2018 – Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District, will serve as Chair of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) Board of Directors beginning July 2018. In his role as Board Chair, Dr. Roy will volunteer his leadership and expertise to help UWGLV create opportunities to improve the health, safety and education of everyone in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. Continue reading “Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy appointed Chair of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Board of Directors”

Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant

The Specialized Foundation announced that Nitschmann Middle School is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for the 2018-2019 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculum integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“In addition to 36 new schools across the nation, we are delighted to have Nitschmann Middle School join The Specialized Foundation family,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “With this years’ additional schools, our foundation will reach over 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. We look forward to working closely with Nitschmann Middle School to improve their students’ lives through cycling.”

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Nitschmann Middle School will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this Fall.  

“Our expected program will include morning bike rides with faculty and students, all students 6 to 8 learning how to ride mountain bikes in physical education classes, and hopefully to build a competitive team of mountain bikers to learn & compete with other schools,” said Peter Mayes, Nitschmann Middle School Principal. Continue reading “Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant”

2018 Bethlehem Area School District Retirees Celebrated

Retirees from all facets of the Bethlehem Area School District were honored at a ceremony held at Northeast Middle School.

From bus drivers to German teachers, reading specialists to psychologists, and principals to fifth grade teachers, 2018 retirees were given a final send off full of thank yous and well wishes. Continue reading “2018 Bethlehem Area School District Retirees Celebrated”