Contrary to popular belief, the end of the school year is the busiest time of the year. While many people who don’t work in schools may think that things are winding down, it really is the opposite.
School Districts all over the country are extremely busy at this time of year--not only getting ready for Graduation, kindergarten orientations, and all of the end of the year concerts, recognition programs and awards nights--but school districts are also preparing for the upcoming school year, and Bethel Park is no exception.
The Board and Administration are working closely together on a budget for the 2018-2019 school year and I am pleased to share that we are on target to have a zero tax increase for the third consecutive year. Even more so, I am pleased that we will again be able to do this without cutting any programs, so our students and parents can expect the same level of great programming and course offerings that they have come to expect in years past.
We are extremely proud of the culture of fiscal stewardship that our Administrators have embraced, which allows us to provide our students with access to the necessary tools and resources they need to be successful in school.
Our teachers have also done a marvelous job of seeking out educational partners to help us bring outstanding learning experiences into our schools. Our partnerships with organizations such as the UPMC Cancer Researchers, WQED and the EAFab Corp are three examples of how our students are benefitting from access to equipment and real-world learning experiences to enrich their educational experiences in Bethel Park. You can read more about these partnerships on the following pages.
I am also proud that the District was recently accepted as a member of the Remake Learning Network, which was formed in 2007 as a group of interconnected, creative people and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region whose purpose is to share best practices and new ideas, and leverage resources collectively for greater impact. The group’s mission is to support young people as they navigate rapid social and technological changes. We are honored to be recognized as an organization that is committed to helping our students prepare themselves for the rapidly changing future, and we look forward to partnering with others who share our same commitment.
I briefly mentioned Graduation at the beginning of my message, because it is one of the highlights of every school year and probably the most anticipated event on the school calendar. For the members of the School Board, it is our favorite event of the year, as we get to celebrate the achievements of our graduating seniors, and it is an honor for us to be able to present them with the diplomas that identify them as Bethel Park High School graduates. We hope our community is as proud as we are of these great young adults.
On behalf of the entire Bethel Park Board of School Directors, I would like to extend our heart-felt congratulations to all of our Class of 2018 graduates and wish you nothing but the best as you begin these next chapters of your lives.
To our community, we thank you for your continued support of the Bethel Park School District and hope that you have a great summer.
This message appeared in the May, 2018 issue of The Bethel Park Chronicles.