Bethlehem Area School District, Pennsylvania

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Bethlehem Area School District
Bethlehem, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Joseph J. Roy
Enrollment:14,673
Graduation rate:82%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $212.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Michael E. Faccinetto
Board members:9
Term length:4

Bethlehem Area School District is a school district in Pennsylvania. It is the sixth largest school district, with twenty-two schools and enrollment reaching 14,673 students.[1]

About the district

Bethlehem Area School District is located in Lehigh County and Northhampton County, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem is located in Northampton County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Bethlehem is 75,103 according to the 2010 Census.[2]

Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (84.8%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) while the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Bethlehem (27.1%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bethlehem is $45,631 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bethlehem (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 76.4 81.9
Black or African American 6.9 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.2
Asian 2.9 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 24.4 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.0 46.8
2008 55 43
2004 50.02 48.96
2000 50.72 45.27


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Bethlehem Area schools is Dr. Joseph J. Roy. Roy was appointed to the post in 2010. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster and began his career as a social studies teacher at Emmaus High School in the East Penn School District in 1986. He then earned a master's degree in administration from Bucknell University and was hired at Liberty High School in 1992 as an assistant principal. He later became principal of Palisades High School.[5]

School board

The Bethlehem Area School District is overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:[6]

Bethlehem Area School District School Board
MEMBER DISTRICT TERM ENDS
Michael E. Faccinetto At-Large 2017
Michele Cann At-Large 2015
Basilio Bonilla, Jr. At-Large 2015
Angela T. Sinker At-Large 2015
Shannon Patrick At-Large 2017
Eugene McKeon At-Large 2015
Sudantha Vidanage At-Large 2015
Rogelio Ortiz Region 1 2013
Shannon Patrick Region 2 2017

School board elections

See also: Bethlehem Area School District elections (2013)

Members of the Bethlehem Area School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Five seats are up for election in November 2015 and four seats are up for election in November 2017.[7]

Budget

Bethlehem Area School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $130,583,447 61.4% $8,076,817 3.8% $45,011,071 21.2% $26,483,191 12.5% $2,354,114 1.1% $212,508,640
2013-2014 $138,902,836 61.7% $8,346,351 3.7% $48,445,565 21.5% $26,729,315 11.9% $2,849,934 1.3% $225,274,001
Averages: $134,743,141.5 62% $8,211,584 4% $46,728,318 21% $26,606,253 12% $2,602,024 1% $218,891,320.5

Schools in district

Enrollment

Total enrollment[9]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 15,306
2008-2009 15,434 +.008
2009-2010 14882 -.037
2010-2011 14,725 -.011
2011-2012 14,267 -.032
2012-2013 14,673 +.027

District Schools

Bethlehem Area School District operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Bethlehem Area Schools
Asa Packer Elementary School
Broughal Middle School
Calypso Elementary School
Clearview Elementary School
Donegan Elementary School
East Hills Middle School
Farmersville Elementary School
Fountain Hill Elementary School
Fountain Hill Kindergarten Center
Freedom High School
Freemansburg Elementary School
Governor Wolf Elementary School
Hanover Elementary School
James Buchanan Elementary School
Liberty High School
Lincoln Elementary School
Marvine Elementary School
Miller Heights Elementary School
Nitschmann Middle School
Northeast Middle School
Spring Garden Elementary School
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
William Penn Elementary School

Salary & Benefit Information

Gross salaries paid to employees of the District who are considered to be in positions of a permanent nature or hired temporarily, including personnel substituting for thos in permanent positions. Benefit amounts paid by the District on behalf of employees; these amounts are not included in gross salary, but are in addition to that amount. Such payments are fringe benefit payments and when paid directly to employees are part of the personnel cost.[11]

Year Type Cost
09-10 Actual Salaries $93,641,663.78
09-10 Actual Benefits $34,587,612.57
10-11 Budget Salaries $96,911,534.00
10-11 Budget Benefits $40,080,927.00
11-12 Budget Salaries $92,274,010.00
11-12 Budget Benefits $41,887,831.00

Academic Performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. AYP in Pennsylvania measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or graduation rate (for schools with a high school graduating class), academic performance; and test participation. In order to be proficient in attendance, schools much achieve a 90% attendance rate or meet a target set in the previous year. The graduation rate measure has a goal of 85%, or a 10% reduction of the difference between the previous year's graduation rate and 85%. For academic performance, the state goals for the 2011-2012 school year were 78% of students scoring at proficient or higher in mathematics and 81% of students scoring at proficient or higher in reading. For test preparation, at least 95% of all students in each subgroup must take the test.[12]


Bethlehem Area School District performance for years 2011 and 2012.[13]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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N
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Academic Performance N
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N
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Test Preparation Y
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Y
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Public employee salaries

Main article: Bethlehem Area School District employee salaries
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Taxes Y
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts N
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Audits Y
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Public Records P
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Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

This website was last reviewed on 5 Feb 2012.

The good

  • Tax policy is available, and tax rates and revenue generated is available in the budget.[14]
  • Budget is published.[15]
  • Board agendas & minutes are published, including archives.[16]
  • Board meetings are published, including a separate meeting schedule for committee meetings.[17]
  • Board/District policies are published.[18]
  • Elected officials, including the Board, are published.[19]
  • Administrative officials are published.[20]
  • Audit information is published, from 2010.[21]
  • Academic performance standards are published, but without accompanying analysis.[22]
  • Background check policy information is available.[23]

The bad

  • A 2004 public records policy is available, but citizens interested in filing a request must read through four pages before being told who to contact.[24] There is no place on the website to file a public records request.
  • Purchasing/bid information is unavailable.
  • The most updated teacher contract posted expired in December 2010.[25]

Contact Information

Bethlehem Area School District Education Center 1516 Sycamore Street Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017-6099

Phone: (610) 861-0500

See also

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