Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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Public Relations

Parents, please be aware that in addition to our sewage issue today, a transformer blew outside the building.  This in turn, created a power outage in the building and thus hampered our dismissal.  Your children may be a few minutes late getting home.  As a precautionary measure, we also held the walkers until the police assured administration that it was safe for them to dismiss. 

Since we are unsure of when the power will be back on, we are moving the middle school presentation to the high school library this evening.  The library is on the second floor.  After entering the building over the bridge, turn right and go up the stairs.  Thank you for your understanding as we are dealing with these emergency situations.

 

 

Shari Berg

Public Relations Consultant

Communication Solutions Group

412-487-4295 - Corporate Office (Pittsburgh)

724-713-3254 - Mobile

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The Ambridge Area School District works cooperatively with members of the media to provide accurate information about District events and activities. Members of the media who are interested in reporting on a story regarding the Ambridge Area School District or relevant topic, or who wish to arrange an interview with a student or faculty member, are encouraged to review the information below.

Interviewing/Photographing District Staff or Students

Upon request, the Ambridge Area School District provides access to District Administrators, Faculty and Students to discuss current issues and for photographing special events.  

Visiting District Schools/Facilities

All visitors to the Ambridge Area School District – which includes members of the media – are required to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge. The District uses the Raptor Visitor Management System, which requires visitors to present a valid state-issued ID at the time of entry. Media visiting schools and other facilities will be accompanied by either the Public Relations Consultant or an Administrative Team Member.

Communications Office Contact:

Shari Berg, Public Relations Consultant
Communications Solutions Group

412-487-4295 (office)

724-713-3254 (mobile)

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Steel Band Groupweb

 

Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed

 

The Ambridge Steel Drum Band will celebrate 30 fabulous years on stage with world-class professional musicians from The River City Brass Band and Liam Teague during an anniversary concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at Ambridge Senior High School, 909 Duss Ave., Ambridge. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under when purchased in advance between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the High School. Tickets are for general admission only and may be purchased via cash or check. If purchasing via check, please make payable to Ambridge Area Band Boosters. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event are $10 for adults and $7 for ages 17 and under.

The River City Brass Band is America’s only full-time brass band. It was founded in Pittsburgh in 1981 by Robert Bernat, with a mission of entertaining, educating and engaging citizens locally and globally.

Liam Teague is a professor of music and head of steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University, where he also directs the prominent NIU Steelband. He is hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan” and is world renowned for his musical acumen. Mr. Teague is the recipient of an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award, and has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National Award and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence. Among his many accomplishments, he has appeared in concert with Grammy Award-winning musicians Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie.

The 30th anniversary celebration culminates a year of special events for the Ambridge Steel Band. In November, the band appeared for the first time in the WPXI Holiday Parade, and performed two nights at Heinz Hall with the revitalized B.E. Taylor Christmas Show in December. The Ambridge Steel Band also was honored to be one of 35 ensembles from 13 states to be selected by audition to perform at the 2019 NAfME/PMEA Eastern Division Conference on April 4 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

For more information about the concert, or for ticketing questions, call 724-266-2833, Ext 2520.

School Board member, Terry Mylan, was approved at the last School Board meeting to form a committee for Public Relations for the AASD. We will focus on goals and a strategy to increase communication, information and overall knowledge. Please email Mrs. Mylan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, a paragraph with your background, and an explanation of your desire to be involved. We will have monthly meetings and email meetings then formulate a strategy to increase positive happenings within the AASD, communications and knowledge throughout our District. We encourage the participation of the taxpayers, educators, and parents. Community engagement is critical to educational success. We welcome your knowledge, experience and talents.

 

 

Karpen

The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Karpen as the interim District Athletic Director. Mr. Karpen is replacing Mr. Brian Miller, who resigned from the position earlier this month. Mr. Miller’s last day with the District is May 1.

 

Mr. Karpen previously served as the Athletic Event Coordinator at North Allegheny School District, a position he held for three years. As part of his duties at North Allegheny, he assisted in fundraising efforts for athletic facilities, equipment and coaching staff. He also was responsible for scheduling staff for game-day events, and serving as site manager for regular season and state playoff games.

Prior to his position with North Allegheny, Mr. Karpen worked as a webmaster for the Big 56 Conference, which is the highest classification conference in the WPIAL and includes 44 teams covering athletes from Division 1 to NAIA level. He also previously served as a producer, color commentator and camera operator for the Presidents Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball games, and worked as a sports journalist with the Tribune Review, Post-Gazette and the Associated Press.

In addition to his previous experience, Mr. Karpen also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from California (Pa.) University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism/Communications Studies from Clarion University.

“We welcome Mr. Karpen to the District, and look forward to working with him to support our student athletes and to build a positive team culture here at Ambridge,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent.

Mr. Karpen’s starting date is Monday, April 29.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a statement on Wednesday that includes one finding and one recommendation for improvement for the Ambridge Area School District for an audit covering fiscal years July 2012 through June 2016.

 

The finding involved retirement benefits for previous superintendents which included the superintendent and their immediate family members. DePasquale determined the practice posed a significant financial impact on the District and recommended the District include a minimum years of service provision in all future employment contracts.

 

“The Ambridge Area School District appreciates the recommendations provided by the Auditor General’s Office following its review of District finances and operations,” said Doug McCausland, Director of Operations for the Ambridge Area School District. “The District takes all recommendations seriously and already has begun the process of implementing corrective action for the finding contained within the report.”

 

Starting with the three-year contract for its new superintendent, which is effective July 27, 2017 through July 30, 2020, post-employment benefits are extended only to Dr. Jo Welter. Should she elect to cover her spouse, she will be responsible for paying the difference in premium cost. Benefits for Dr. Welter continue only until she reaches age 65. Due to her decades-long career in public education, a minimum years of employment provision was not included in her current contract.

 

“Retirement insurance provisions are common features of superintendents’ contracts in the Commonwealth with many being more generous than what the Ambridge Area School District agreed to provide its current Superintendent,” said Mr. McCausland. “We believe the contract with our current superintendent is not only fair to her, but also fiscally responsible and in alignment with the auditor’s recommendations.”

 

The full auditor’s report is available here

Thrive

On Friday, March 29, 2019, Ambridge High School will host an inclusion event for LGBTQ+ youth in Beaver County. The event is open to youth in grades 9-12 in any Beaver County school district and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ambridge High School.

The event is being organized by Ambridge High School student Dylan Irvin as part of a senior project. The goal of the event is to feature a panel of guest speakers who will share personal experiences, as well as providing attendees with valuable support resources for youth in Beaver County.

An open resource fair, which includes time for attendees to speak with representatives from support agencies in Beaver County, will be part of the event. Youth attendees also will be given time to spend with peers participating in group team-building activities and discussion groups related to LGBTQ+ current issues.

Breakfast items, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Registration for the event is required. Registration forms are available on the Ambridge Area School District website here.

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Ambridge Area School District Students and the Media

 

Individual and/or group interviews, photos or videotapes of AASD students may be taken during the school year for use by the District in various publications, for use in the media, and for use on the District website and social media accounts.

 

Ambridge encourages opportunities for positive media publicity by:

 

1. Arranging for reporters or photographers to interview and/or photograph students.

2. Using photos of students on the District website and social media accounts to recognize student achievement.