Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Dear Residents of the Ambridge Area School District,

As a 20 year resident of the community and a parent of two children who were educated in this District, I am honored to be the Superintendent of the Ambridge Area School District. From first- hand experience, I assure you that your children will be engaged in a variety of educational and extracurricular opportunities that will successfully prepare them for their future. This school community is filled with caring adults who work hard every day to support our students and create an environment that is conducive to learning and growing. As parents, we too must be committed to helping our children learn and grow.

Upon visiting any of our schools you will find that they were all built or renovated in the past few years. They are clean, updated and functional for the needs of our students. Teachers make our schools welcoming and I have personally witnessed the support by many professional educators going above and beyond to create a positive experience for students. A recently added STEAM initiative provides integrated technology experiences for all students and all ninth graders will have the opportunity to complete a coding class for the first time this year. The professional staff is proud of what they do and work hard to help students be successful every day.

Students have a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities from which to choose. Athletics, the arts, and technology challenges all await them in our schools. The District’s High School Steel Drum Band tours the local area to entertain and perform at numerous venues. Most of their time is spent outside school hours. This is a testimony of how great our students really are. The District provides opportunities for athletic competition and a large number of students take advantage of these challenges as well. You will quickly find that when your child is involved in any of these activities, parent involvement also becomes a huge aspect of the experience. This is a tribute to our entire school community.

Our schools pull our community together. My closest acquaintances and friendships have been made through the school environment. As it should be, Ambridge Area School District remains a strong catalyst for bringing our community together. I invite you to engage and stay involved with our schools. It is a great place!

Go Bridgers!

Jo Welter, Ed. D.

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!


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.