December 8, 2011
Bethlehem Central High School
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The Bethlehem Central School District has been ranked sixth in overall educational performance out of 431 upstate school districts.
School board members are focused on a 2015-16 budget totaling $94.16 million, which increases spending about 1.5 percent. The proposal does not tap any undesignated fund balance, while proposing an unusually low tax increase.
Governor’s delay causes strife on district budgeting for next year
School board members heard proposals over what money needs to be spent next year to address several issues outside of the classroom.
District investigating lab experiments performed in class
A Bethlehem High School science teacher has been placed on administrative leave for a second time while the district investigates lab experiments performed in his class.
Round of tickets handed out as students vie for limited spaces
Some Bethlehem Central High School students were upset last week and took to Twitter to complain after their cars were ticketed for parking in the school lot without a permit.
Officials say there are many obstacles to beginning school day later for teens
Bethlehem Central will begin preliminary discussions about starting school later for older students, but the issue’s many barriers could put a stop to the idea before it is seriously considered.
District officials cite town’s reassessment as the reason
Bethlehem residents are set to see a lower school tax rate following the reassessment project that occurred earlier in the year.
District can’t find a certified teacher for the course; parents upset at timing
The Bethlehem Central School District’s Chinese language program is ending sooner than expected after the interview process for a new teacher was unsuccessful.
Bethlehem passes responsibility back to district officials
In a move to help Bethlehem residents save money, the town will no longer be collecting taxes on behalf of two local school districts.
BC officials hope restoration of state aid would prevent program cuts
Bethlehem Central School District is facing a preliminary budget gap of $4.8 million for the 2014-15 school year, but officials are hoping some of that money will be restored in the state budget.
BC Facilities, athletic turf to be separate referendums, public hearing Jan. 16
The Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education has elected to split the proposal for facilities upgrades and a new athletic turf into two bond resolutions to go before the public
BC school board could change mind on $3.8M sports field before bond finalized
A slim majority of Bethlehem Central Board of Education supported including plans for an artificial turf athletic field within a facilities bond at a recent meeting, but were careful to point out their opinions could change before the final resolution is passed in January.
Architectural review finds bond would be $26M for repairs, field
Bethlehem Central Board of Education members experienced a slight case of sticker shock when estimates for facilities upgrades jumped by millions following an architect’s review.
Former student playing prank
A former student has been held responsible for trespassing on Bethlehem High School property yesterday as a prank, according to police.
The Bethlehem Central School District has confirmed a case of pertussis at the high school.
Teachers, principals groups still must ratify deals, savings said to total $2.7 million
Contract negotiations between the Bethlehem Central Teacher’s Association, the Bethlehem Principal’s Association and the school district have come to a close.
$88.2M spending plan will challenge the tax cap
The Bethlehem Central school board adopted a spending plan for the 2012-13 school year, which included a levy limit increase of 3.99 percent.
Board considers changes to walking distance, closing middle school pool
In an effort to close a $4.2 million budget gap, Bethlehem Central School officials announced the first proposed 2012-13 budget cuts at a workshop on Wednesday, March 7 focusing on transportation and maintenance.
Another round of tough budgeting will kick off in coming weeks
The Bethlehem Central School District is projecting a deficit of nearly $4.4 million for the 2012-13 school year budget, even after factoring in the use of $1.75 million in reserve funds and a tax hike.
Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent Michael Tebbano provided the Board of Education with an update regarding recent drug incidents at the high school during a Dec. 7 meeting.