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Monday, 13 August 2012

Bradford Area High School’s new principal wants to cultivate a high-performing school climate that emphasizes college and career readiness.

David Ray gave a presentation during Monday’s Bradford Area School Board meeting on the school’s “Getting Results Plan,” which is required by the state Department of Education.

He said, “Each member of the school community will promote, enhance and sustain shared vision of a positive school climate.”

Ray said one of his goals for this year is to have a much more focused look at putting students into career pathways by having increased enrollment in career and technical education schools and an increased number of students in advancement placement courses.

He said the staff will also more closely monitor student attendance and participation. The key is “a consistent effort to identify struggling students and to implement plans to help those students succeed,” Ray said.

He said the school administration has “developed a customized system of academic and behavioral support.”

Dean of Students Ken Coffman and other staff members will be working with Children and Youth Services, the juvenile probation department and district judges “to improve outcomes for chronically absent students.”

(For more of Ray’s comments, including his explanation of the difference between the PSSAs and the new Keystone Exams, you can watch the video following this story.)

Also Monday, a new policy was introduced that will bring the district into compliance with a new state law concerning concussions and sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes. Another policy was introduced that would allow students to carry asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto injectors. The board is expected to vote on both measures during its September 10 meeting.

The board also approved a $51,137 payment to Blue Bird Bus for a 21-passenger bus with a lift.

Also, student Lee Ann Woodmansee gave a presentation on the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award the district received for its Go Green initiative. Bradford was the only school district to receive an award.

In her first meeting as superintendent Katy Pude noted that the high school and Fretz Middle School were also recently awarded Energy Star ratings “due to their extreme improvements in energy conservation.” She also pointed out that retired superintendent Sandra Romanowski started the Go Green Committee.

Pudy also reminded everyone that the first day of school is August 27. Start times are 9:05 a.m. for the elementary schools; 7:50 a.m. at Fretz; and 8:05 a.m. at the high school. On the first day only, students in grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 will have a three-hour delay.

“This will assist in the transition of our 6th and 9th grade students to their respective buildings,” she said.




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