It BEARS Repeating!
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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Our Board of School Directors
Anthony D. Panarello, President - Region II - Term Expires: 2025
Finance Committee and Policy Committee Liaison
Roger A. Updegrove, Vice President - Region III - Term Expires: 2023
Facilities Committee and BCTC Liaison
James H. Brophy - Region II - Term Expires: 2023
Ruth A. Dierolf - Region I - Term Expires: 2025
Brian J. Hemingway - Region III - Term Expires: 2023
Lisa C. Hogan - Region II - Term Expires: 2023
BCIU, Education and Student Services Committee, and Student Representative Liaison
Christine M. Neiman - Region I - Term Expires: 2023
Facilities Committee Liaison
Marianne Scott - Region I - Term Expires: 2023
Education and Student Services Committee Liaison
Jeffrey Zawada - Region III - Term Expires: 2025
Finance Committee and Policy Committee Liaison
The Roman Numerals above indicate the member's voting region. Our voting regions include:
- Region 1 – Borough of Bally, the Borough of Bechtelsville, Colebrookdale Township (Voting precincts 1 and 2), Earl Township (Voting precincts 1 and 2), Washington Township (Voting precincts 1 and 2), and Borough of Boyertown (Voting precinct 1).
- Region 2 - Borough of Boyertown (Voting precinct 2), Douglass Township (Berks County – Voting precincts 1 and 2), Douglass Township (Montgomery County – Voting precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4).
- Region 3 – New Hanover Township (Voting precincts 1, 2, and 3) and Upper Fredrick Township.
1/24/2023 - All Board Members were present. Mrs. Scott participated via Zoom.
Student Spotlight - BASH/BCTC Horticulture Student 11th Grader Genna Rivenburg
The Student Spotlight featured Genna Rivenberg, BASH Junior and BCTC Horticulture Student. Genna placed first at the Oley Valley Fair in floral design and 3rd at the PA FFA Farm Show in the same category. Check it out! #BEARProud This portion of the video begins at 12:33.
Horticulture - Berks Career & Technology Center
Horticulture offers students an opportunity to pursue a career interest in any one or combination of the major areas of horticulture: turfgrass establishment and maintenance, landscape design, construction and maintenance; greenhouse crop production; and floral design. In addition, all students will become members of FFA and have an opportunity to benefit from leadership activities and competitions.
A quality public education is a key that can open doors of opportunity for many students. Providing that education takes a team of committed people from educators and staff to parents and administrators. The nine members of our local school board are an important part of this team, making informed decisions that direct the course of our public schools.
Every January, we take time to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work they do on behalf of our students, families, and community.
This year, we celebrated our Board Members with a floral arrangement created by our Student Spotlight Student Genna Rivenberg.
In addition, two Eve Felegie and Oladapo Fadahunsi from Mr. Valick's Advance Material Engineering and Technology Research and Development Material classed, presented each Board Member with student-engineered paper towel holders. The students developed the design with SolidWorks and Aspire software, cut the parts with a 4’x 8’ CNC Router, assembled and finished the paper towel holders.
We thank the board members for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority. #BEARGrateful
Student Representative Report
Lexy: Hello board and community members! Olivia and I have some exciting news from the past couple of months. This month we were able to add our Student Leader Luncheon information, giving you guys access to opinions directly from the students. We also will be talking about some fun events that have happened recently.
Olivia: Getting right into it, BASH had their Wish Week. Wish Week is a student council event where BASH students enter their wishes, and some lucky students have their wishes granted. These wishes could be like Chick-fil-a nuggets, Wawa coffee, extra credit, or anything not too crazy.
Lexy: Also, ROTC did participate in the holiday open house for the Boyertown Historical Society. ROTC goes around to multiple businesses in Boyertown to help out with their events. The students love to help out their community!
Lexy: We would also like to congratulate everyone who helped put together the fall play "Salem's Daughter"! I went to see the show, and from the stage crew to the set helpers to the actors, everything was perfect. Great job to everyone involved. It was an amazing play!
Olivia: In order to fulfill our duties by providing the board with opinions and information directly from students, one means we use is luncheons. These meetings include several students, and Dr. Foley is in attendance over their lunch period. Lexy and I formulate a variety of questions and offer them in a discussion forum. This is a brief summary of our latest get-together at BASH on November 22nd of this year. In comparing the current learning experience with that of pre-pandemic learning, the students' responses were generally positive. Some felt we are back to 'normal', finding recorded lectures being posted a benefit to making up missed work. Others felt the urgency to get assignments completed was lacking, having too much flexibility and structure in classes. Asking what areas the students felt BASD excelled in, the counseling department was highlighted in their efforts to assist in preparation for graduation and beyond. The extracurricular offerings/opportunities, both academic as well as athletic, were also appreciated.
Lexy: One other topic we discussed was the required literature in BASD's curriculum. While acknowledging the value of the life lessons presented in the studies, the writing and specific social situations seem outdated and difficult to relate to. Noting there are more contemporary authors that have the ability to present equally valuable content in a more relatable storyline. Many of the contemporary authors address, or write from the perspective of different ethnicities and /or other marginalized members/groups in our community. With the volatile social environment, these perspectives are a great concern to our students. They own the desire to learn and understand each other in an effort to break down the barriers causing separation. Respect, given and received by students, was our last topic of conversation. Respect to and from teachers and administrators was felt to be mutual. A desire to learn more about our security staff was expressed while acknowledging the significant effort they put forth in protecting us all.
Olivia: Respect from peers was another story altogether. It seemed to be situational, if not location-based. In the halls and public areas, generally less orderly, there was felt to be little to no mutual respect between students. Rude and inappropriate behavior and talk being the rule. When in a class or other more structured environment, the conversations and behaviors seem to hold more sensitivity for others. This being another example of that mutual respect for teachers.
Lexy: Thank you all for listening, and we hope you have a good night!
8A. Treasurer's Report - DRAFT November 2022 by Ms. Denicola, Chief Financial Officer.
8B. Treasurer's Report - DRAFT December 2022 also by Ms. Denicola.
This portion of the video begins at 01:30:12. To view the final Treasurer's Reports for November and December, please visit the link below.
Voting Actions Taken
Superintendent's Consent Agenda
9A. Settlement and Release Agreement Employ #1493
9B. Approve Consent Agenda
Superintendent's Itemized Agenda
10A. Overnight Trips
10B. BASH Student Diversity Union Club Account
10C. Act I Resolution
10D. Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Delivery of Virtual Instruction during school year
2022-2023 and over the term described in this document.
All voting actions were approved. This portion of the video begins at 01:32:00.
Committee of the Whole Meeting: UPDATED: Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 7 PM at the Education Center.
Board of School Directors' Meeting: Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 7 PM at the Education Center.
Committee of the Whole Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 7 PM at New Hanover Elementary.
Future Meeting Update: The Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, has been moved to Boyertown Elementary.