Wednesday, June 6, 2012
628 students will receive their diplomas from Liberty High School this evening at Stabler Arena.
Liberty High School has announced that valedictorian Jud Smull, accompanied by the school's bagpipe band will lead 627 Class of 2012 members for their graduation ceremony, to be held this evening at Stabler Arena on the Lehigh University campus. The program will celebrate veterans who left to serve in the Navy in World War II, including William Keck, Jr. John Zieserl, Jr. and Ramon Cuellar. They will be joined by Class of 1939 graduate and trumpet soloist, Dan Deysher. Class speaker Rebecca Rasmuson and faculty speaker Victor Broskey will speak on the wisdom of Dr. Seuss, the graduation theme. Kevin Thieme, Class of 2012 president, along with class secretary Junro Guo, vice president Staci Zsilavecz, and class treasurer Cleo Massas will …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Two classes at Thomas Jefferson School got a lesson in the legislative process and the importance of voting from Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele.
Fourth graders at Thomas Jefferson School got a lesson in how laws are made and how elections work from Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele on Wednesday. Aichele visited the classes of Anita Hozza and Kim Grube, where students have been conducting a mock state legislature. With students acting as Pennsylvania Senators and Representatives, they passed a mock bill to modify the length of the school day while still keeping the number of hours of instruction as required by the state. Several amendments were added to the bill, including one that would require the serving of ice cream on every Friday. At issue for debate, in addition to ice cream versus a “healthy-food” option, were the merits of eliminating recess in favor of a …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Freedom High School Gym will be officially named the “Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium.”
Freedom High School's gymnasium will be known as the “Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium,” the Bethlehem Area School Board agreed unanimously Monday evening. Joseph J. McIntyre, who worked for the district for a total of 43 years, first as a history teacher and assistant principal at Liberty High School, became Freedom's first principal when it opened in 1967. He retired in 1982. “He served on the District XI Committee for many years and fought to bring about Title IX legislation, which provided equal opportunities for female athletes. He embraced the philosophy that sports and extra-curricular activities played a large part in a student’s total educational experience, and the lessons learned on the playing field are as important as those in the…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
School directors stressed the document is preliminary and will go through further changes before it's final passage in June.
The Bethlehem Area School Board passed a preliminary budget 7-2 for the 2012-13 school year Monday evening. The early submission of the nearly $211 million budget to the state is a legal requirement, school board president Michael Faccinetto reminded the board. The document calls for a four percent tax increase and the elimination of nearly 12 teaching positions due to an expected decline in enrollment. “This is a formality we need to go through,” he said. Changes can, and very likely will, be made before a final draft is approved in June. “This is something we have to do,” said Director Aurea Ortiz. “We are not going to be cutting any more teachers or programs, and that is why I'm voting 'yes.'” Board members Basilio Bonilla and Irene …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Auditor says school district's management and accounting have improved greatly.
After years of poor management and decisions, the district's accounting practices have improved immensely, auditor William Gorman told Bethlehem Area School Board members at their finance committee meeting Tuesday evening. He added school administrators were to be commended for the positive changes. “This is my fourth year as your auditor, and this first year I have good news to report,” Gorman said. “You have eliminated 75 percent of the problems you've had in past years. You have only five remaining items to address. Last year, you had 20 items. “My opinion states you are completely in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards,” he added. Board members and district officials received the news warmly. “We've been getting …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
In addition to 4-percent tax increase, preliminary budget would cut 11 teaching positions.
A preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year that includes no new programs or initiatives nor restore any of those that were eliminated due to financial necessity will still require a 4-percent tax increase, Bethlehem Area School District administrators said at a budget hearing Wednesday evening. Additionally, 11 or 12 teaching positions will be eliminated due to projected declining enrollment. The district will also put off some technology purchases and maintenance projects, they said. But despite a $5,067,025 deficit in the nearly $211 million budget that will likely require a 1.79 mill tax increase, the district is in better shape financially this year, and no further cuts are pending. “I'm optimistic we're in a better position …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A Liberty High School student was approached by a strange man as she walked to school this morning, an alert on the district website warns.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Bethlehem Area School District is urging students and parents to be vigilant after a Liberty High School student was approached by a strange man near the intersection of East Goepp and Linden streets while walking to school this morning, an alert on the district website advises. According to the district, “The male is described as approximately 20 years old, Hispanic, wearing a Northface jacket, black beanie cap, close-trimmed beard and driving a silver mini-van.” The incident was reported to Bethlehem Police, and the district asks that anyone with information contact Officer Kelly Walbert at 610-865-7187.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Three applicants for the vacant Region 2 seat interviewed for the appointment Monday evening, answering one question from each of the eight seated members.
Three applicants, Shannon Patrick, David Sanders, and David Weikert, interviewed for the vacant ninth Bethlehem Area School District board seat in front of school directors Monday evening. Each interviewee was asked the same questions, one from each member. Patrick, originally from southern New Jersey, is an 11-year resident of the Bethlehem area who owns a doggie daycare business in the city. Mother of a 4-year-old, Patrick said she thinks district offers a wonderful education, but parents need to get more involved. Financial challenges to the district are probably the biggest hurdle the district faces in coming years, she said, but finding ways of minimizing cuts and preserving programs for students should be a priority. “My concern is …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Preliminary budget estimates predict a 4 to 5.2 percent increase, though some program cuts are still likely, administrators said.
Taxpayers in the Bethlehem Area School District are likely to see a tax hike of between 4 and 5.2 percent in the 2012-13 school year, administrators told school directors Monday evening. During a briefing for the newly reorganized school board, Superintendent Joseph Roy said that the growth of legally mandated and contractual expenses is continuing to outpace the district's revenue, particularly in a flat economy, but that “more cuts of any substance will seriously start to undermine the education in this district.” Additionally, costs associated with charter and private schools continue to rise, Roy said, adding that in the current school year, the district paid out about $12 million to such schools, and paid another $1.8 million to …
Basilio Bonilla, Sudantha Vidanage sworn in as new members, Mike Faccinetto elected president.
The Bethlehem Area School Board swore in two new members, Sudantha Vidanage and Basilio Bonilla along with re-elected directors Michele Cann and Eugene McKeon at their reorganization meeting Monday evening. After the oaths were administered by Judge Paula Roscioli, board members unanimously voted Michael Faccinetto as board president, and former board president Michele Cann as vice-president. Cann, who had run as both an at-large and District 2 candidate and was chosen by voters for both slots, formally relinquished her District 2 position Monday evening as well. The board is now seeking to appoint a ninth member, whose term will run through the end of 2013. Those interested in the position are requested to send a letter of interest and a …