Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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UPDATEAmbridge Area Education Association Contract Negotiations

All three Arbitrators (District Arbitrator, Association Arbitrator and Neutral Arbitrator) met on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  The District is hopeful that this process will bring about a resolution to the contract negotiations.

The 2017-18 budget was approved at the School Board Meeting on June 21, 2017 in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Comments regarding the budget may be sent to:              

L. Douglas McCausland, Director of District Operations

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA  15003

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pdf  pdf FINAL GENERAL FUND BUDGET 2017-2018 (827 KB)

On Wednesday April 19, 2017 at its regularly scheduled voting meeting, the Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors voted to approved the District Calendar for the 2017-18 School Year.  

District Calendar 2017-2018

On Wednesday April 19, 2017 at its regularly scheduled voting meeting, the Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors voted to hire Dr. L. Joan Welter to be the District’s next Superintendent. Dr. Welter will have a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Welter and her family have lived in the District for over 20 years. Please see the attached Press Release for more information about the hiring of Dr. Welter.

pdf Press Release - Dr. Welter (353 KB)

 

 

A free 30-minute Power of Parents program presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving

 

April 20, 2017

American Legion Post 641

271 State Street

Baden, PA 15005

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Power of Parents is a program which prepares parents to talk with teens about alcohol.  

** Research shows parents should talk early, talk often with children about underage drinking

** Parents – not peers remain the biggest influence on the children when it comes to alcohol

** Positive parenting strategies can help empower kids to avoid underage drinking

** Parents – you have the power:   USE IT!

MADD Presenters:

Natalie Parkinson’s daughter, Renee Parkinson, was killed on Interstate 79 in 2007 by a first-time DUI offender

Pam Ondash’s son David Cook, a resident of Baden, was killed on Route 989 in 2011 by a first-time DUI offender

Natalie and Pam work together through MADD to educate communities.

Impaired driving is 100% preventable.

Mayor Gagliardi will be signing a proclamation in support of MADD’s Power Talk 21, the National Day for parents and caregivers to talk to their kids about alcohol.

For the past 2 weeks, my classes have been doing a real-life "text-dependent-analysis" as they have been studying Titanic's Final Mystery, a documentary about the tragedy. They have examined the evidence, analyzed their findings, and determined that the actual cause of the Titanic's sinking in 1912 was a cold-water mirage that made the iceberg virtually invisible to the naked eye. Each student was also given an RMS Titanic ticket with a real passenger's name and information. At the end of the unit, they got to find out if their passenger lived or perished. This is a cross-curricular study that the kids have really enjoyed!

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Ambridge Area School District Best Offer:

pdf Last Best Offer (2 1 17) (Final) (1.30 MB)

Ambridge Area Education Association Best Offer:

pdf Union Last Best Offer (2 1 17) (98 KB)

 

The public has the right to submit comments on each side’s Last Best Offer to the Chairman of the Arbitration Panel, Mr. Bill Miller.  Comments may be mailed or emailed to Mr. Miller at 106 Rampart Lane Ligonier, PA 15658 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments should be submitted by Saturday, February 18, 2017, but may be accepted by the Panel until the hearing on April 12, 2017.   

grants 

The Ambridge Area School District has been very busy applying for grants across the district.   Teachers and administrators have been working hard to find opportunities for our students.    The grants have been coming in from local and federal funds to allow us the chance to enrich our existing curriculum.   Grants awarded in the last three months alone total almost $25,000.00.   Congratulations to everyone who helped secure these funds and bring more opportunities to our students.   Below is a comprehensive list of some of the grants awarded this school year:

  • 2016-2017 Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Equipment Grant in the amount of $17,700.00 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to provide security equipment to schools. We are authorized to purchase the Raptor Visitor Management System. This will be implemented in all five buildings. Major efforts to secure this grant were done by Travis Mineard and Lori Heim with the assistance of John Booher.
  • 2016 McDonald’s MAC Grant in the amount of $500.00 from The MAC Grants Program, an initiative sponsored by local McDonald’s Owner/Operators.  The grant is to help the teacher provide hands-on activities to enhance the learning process for students.  Don Ayers was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • 2017 McDonald’s MAC Grant in the amount of $500.00 from The MAC Grants Program, an initiative sponsored by local McDonald’s Owner/Operators.  The grant is to help the teacher provide hands-on activities to enhance the learning process for students.  Don Ayers was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • Beaver County Education Trust (B.C.E.T.) grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to conduct a STEAM Walk in our school district. Don Ayers and Brad Olenic, teachers at the Junior High School, were instrumental in securing this grant.
  • Beaver County Educational Trust (B.C.E.T.) mini grant in the amount of $500.00. Carrie Malinich, a teacher at Economy Elementary, was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • Beaver County Educational Trust (B.C.E.T.) Story Walk grant in the amount of $600.00. Marion Dodsworth, a teacher at State Street Elementary, was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • Beaver County Educational Trust (B.C.E.T.) mini grant in the amount of $500.00. Caitlin Conroy, a teacher at Economy Elementary and State Street Elementary, was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • Beaver County Education Trust (B.C.E.T.) grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to conduct a STEAM Walk in our school district. Nicole Darroch, a teacher at Highland Elementary and State Street Elementary was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh grant in the amount of $570.00 to be used for ‘Project Blast Off’. Materials and supplies will be utilized on an ongoing basis in STEAM class. Nicole Darroch, a teacher at Highland Elementary and State Street Elementary was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • SACP Equipment Grant in an amount not to exceed $600.00. Carrie Keber, a teacher at Economy Elementary, was instrumental in securing this grant.
  • SACP Equipment Grant, equipment will total $561.70. Nicole Darroch, a teacher at Highland Elementary and State Street Elementary, was instrumental in securing this grant.