BC launches e-newsletter

The Bethlehem Central School District is once again expanding its arsenal of ways it keeps in touch with parents and the community.

The district on Thursday, Nov. 18, sent out its first e-newsletter to subscribers of the school's e-mail notification system. The electronic edition summarizes news around the district, informs of upcoming events and links to areas of the district's Web site, which is often updated with news and photos.

The district hopes to release the newsletter biweekly, said district Communications Specialist Matt Leon, in what is hoped to be a more proactive communications medium.

We put a lot of content on the Web site, but it's kind of static...you're depending on people to go there, he said.

The publication will also feature a running "Five Questions With" item focusing on district employees. In the inaugural edition, middle school Principal Sandy Morley answered questions about anti-bullying efforts.

The district has been cutting down its paper mailings to save cost and reduce environmental impact, said Leon, now generally sending a fall and budget season mailer to households. So far, the district hasn't sent a fall mailer, and will see how the e-newsletter is received before making a decision on whether to continue that update.

Readers can expect in future editions news on the district's budget think tank, the future of technology use in schools and the changing college admission process.

To sign up for the e-newsletter and/or e-mail or text message alerts, visit snn.neric.org/bcsd/.""

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