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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Reminder: No school for students on Friday, November 4, 2022

This is a reminder that there will be no school for students on Friday, November 4th. This is a professional learning day for our team. Our offices will be open.

Board of School Directors' Meeting 10/25/2022

Click HERE to Access a Recording of this Board of School Directors' Meeting.
Video timestamps are included for each item featured below.

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Please Note: The official minutes for the meetings are recorded and posted to BoardDocs.

This newsletter does not replace or serve as a representation of the official minutes.

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Our Board of School Directors

James H. Brophy, President
Region II Terms Expires: 2023

Brian J. Hemingway, Vice President
Region III Term Expires: 2023

Ruth A. Dierolf
Region I Term Expires: 2025

Lisa C. Hogan
Region II Term Expires: 2023

Christine M. Neiman
Region I Term Expires: 2023

Anthony D. Panarello
Region II Term Expires: 2025

Marianne Scott
Region I Term Expires: 2023

Roger A. Updegrove
Region III Term Expires: 2023

Jeffrey Zawada
Region III Term Expires: 2025

The Roman Numerals above, indicate the member's voting region. Our voting regions include:

  • Region I: Borough of Bally, Borough of Bechtelsville, Colebrookdale Township, Earl Township, Washington Township.
  • Region II: Borough of Boyertown, Douglass Township., Berks County/Douglass Township, Montgomery County - Districts 2, 3 & 4 (residents not covered by District 1 description)
  • Region III: Douglass Township, Montgomery County. - District 1 (residents living north of the Middle Creek) - New Hanover Township-Upper Frederick Township.
All Board Members were in attendance. Mr. Zawada participated by Zoom.
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Proudly Introducing Two Outstanding Members of the Class of 2023 at BASH!

This video portion begins at 01:43. Before introducing Dylan and Andrea, we provided a brief update on our pediatric cancer warrior, Briana Speese.
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Full Circle Moment...

After the Student Spotlight portion of the meeting, Mrs. Klass sent us a photo of Dylan and Andrea together at preschool. We had to share! #BEARSPreKthru12
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Student Representative Report

Lexy: Hello board and community members! This month has been very exciting for BASH students.

Olivia: I would like to congratulate BASH seniors on completing their senior presentations for the year. From what I have heard, it’s been all good things. It was definitely stressful for seniors to fit their whole high school experience into one presentation. Now that the seniors have presented, we are all taking a deep breath of relief.

Lexy: While seniors had their presentations, sophomores and juniors were also having an eventful day! Sophomores completed the PreACT, and Juniors took the PreSAT the entire half day, so we want to congratulate them for persevering through those 4 hours!

Lexy: BASH also had our first Pep Rally of the year on Friday, October 14th, in preparation for the Football game! We had some great announcers and class tug-of-war games. The pep rally ended with great dancing from the teachers! We saw some great spirit from BASH students and teachers, which is awesome!

Olivia: BASH had their homecoming football game Friday, October 14th; we won 34-21! It was a big show out, and our student section was full of pink for our pink out. At the game during halftime, our homecoming queen was announced. Congratulations to Alyssa Albanese! That Saturday was BASH’s homecoming dance, and we ran out of tickets. This is good and bad in its own ways, as you can imagine. BASH students had an amazing time. At the dance, the homecoming king was announced, and I would like to congratulate Jacob Benner! It was a night to remember.

Lexy: Speaking of pink out, BASH had spirit week during the week of October 10th. It started on Tuesday with neon day, Wednesday was decades day, Thursday was class colors, and Friday was pink out! Unfortunately, not many decade outfits were seen on Wednesday due to Presentations and testing. Still, many students participated in spirit week with, like Olivia said, an incredible amount of pink on Friday!

Olivia: The student council at BASH is hosting the PASC state conference from November 3rd to the 5th. Under the direction of our new advisors, Mr. Pennington and Mrs. Musselman, they are frantically trying to get everything done and ready for the conference. We have no doubt that everything will fall into place and that the conference will go well.

Lexy: On Friday, Middle School East will be having its first dance of the year. We hope the turnout is good and that students will have fun and make great memories with their friends!

Lexy: We want to spotlight the girl’s soccer team for being recipients of the USC High School Team Academic Award! To qualify for this award, varsity soccer teams must have a combined GPA of 3.25 or over. We are proud to say that Boyertown had a GPA of 3.69! We congratulate the varsity girls and Coach Goddard for this amazing accomplishment. It highlights how important sports and academics are in their own right.

Lexy: Thank you to everyone at the meeting tonight for listening, and we hope to have even more exciting news for everyone next month, have a great night!

This portion of the video begins at 21:20.

Presentation by Albright College

Esports Unleashed: The Arena of Futurity
SRI Grant Presentation

This portion of the video begins at 25:12.

Public Comment Period #1 - Agenda Items

One person spoke during this comment period. The topic was Cyber Education and the BASD Virtual Academy. This portion of the video begins at 50:50.

Draft Treasurer's Report for September 2022

Ms. Ernst, the Accounting Manager, presented the draft September 2022 Treasurer's Report at 57:43 of the video.

Superintendent's Report

Mrs. Torchia introduced Helping Harvest. More details are listed below.
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Voting Actions Taken

Superintendent's Consent Agenda

A. Settlement Agreement Student #102482

B. Settlement Agreement Student #101452
C. Settlement Agreement Student #103100

D. Settlement Agreement Student #210108
E. Approve Consent Agenda

Superintendent's Itemized Agenda
2023-2024 Collaborative Procurement of Food Agreement

B. 2022-2023 Boyertown YMCA Before and After School Program Agreement

C. Personnel - Exception: Corrections were withdrawn from the vote.

All voting items were approved.

This portion of the video begins at 01:01:27.

Public Comment Period #2 - Other District Information

Seven speakers participated in Public Comment Period #2. The topics included curricula, books, district values, Policy 903, William Penn Day, governance and leadership, and educator misconduct. This portion of the video begins at 01:08:18.

Board Comments

Mrs. Scott, Mr. Zawada, Mr. Updegrove, Ms. Hogan, Mr. Panarello, Ms. Neiman, and Mr. Hemingway participated in this comment period. These board members spoke in the order listed. This portion of the video starts at 01:29:49.

Upcoming Meetings

TWICE UPDATED: Education and Student Services Committee: Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 7 PM at Earl Elementary School. This meeting was scheduled as a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Board of School Directors' Meeting: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 7 PM at the Education Center.

Board of School Directors' Reorganizational Meeting: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the Education Center.

Board of School Directors' Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at BCTC. BCTC will host the Board and District representatives. The public will watch via LiveStream. A Zoom link will be provided to anyone registered to speak during the public comment periods.