Bethlehem Area School District, Pennsylvania
|Bethlehem Area School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Joseph J. Roy|
|Number of schools:||23|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Michael E. Faccinetto|
About the district
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.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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.
The Bethlehem Area School District is overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:
|Bethlehem Area School District School Board|
|Michael E. Faccinetto||At-Large||2017|
|Basilio Bonilla, Jr.||At-Large||2015|
|Angela T. Sinker||At-Large||2015|
|Rogelio Ortiz||Region 1||2013|
|Shannon Patrick||Region 2||2017|
School board elections
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.
Bethlehem Area School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
Schools in district
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Bethlehem Area School District operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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.
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.
Bethlehem Area School District performance for years 2011 and 2012.
|District AYP scores|
Public employee salaries
- Main article: Bethlehem Area School District employee salaries
|Transparency grading process|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Schools in district
- 6 Salary & Benefit Information
- 7 Academic Performance
- 8 Public employee salaries
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 Contact Information
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
This website was last reviewed on 5 Feb 2012.
- Tax policy is available, and tax rates and revenue generated is available in the budget.
- Budget is published.
- Board agendas & minutes are published, including archives.
- Board meetings are published, including a separate meeting schedule for committee meetings.
- Board/District policies are published.
- Elected officials, including the Board, are published.
- Administrative officials are published.
- Audit information is published, from 2010.
- Academic performance standards are published, but without accompanying analysis.
- Background check policy information is available.
- 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. 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.
Bethlehem Area School District Education Center 1516 Sycamore Street Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017-6099
Phone: (610) 861-0500
- Bethlehem Area School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
- BASD Information Brochure
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bethlehem," accessed August 8, 2013
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- "The Morning Call," "Bethlehem area school chief approved," accessed August 9, 2013
- "Municipal Election results," "School directors" accessed August 9, 2013
- "Bethlehem Area School District," "School Board Policies" accessed August 9, 2013
- Bethlehem Area School District, "BASD General Fund Budget 2013-2014," accessed November 26, 2013
- "Pennsylvania Department of Education," "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed August 6, 2013
- Bethlehem Are School District, "Find Your Neighborhood School" accessed August 9, 2013
- Salary & Benefit Information
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Bethlehem AYP Report Card," accessed August 9, 2013
- Tax policy
- 2011-12 Budget
- Board agendas & minutes
- Board Meeting schedule
- District Policy Manual
- Board Members
- Administrative officials
- Audit Report
- BASD Adequate Yearly Progress 2011 Report Card
- Background check policy information
- Public records
- Teacher contract search