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.
Notice: Students and the Media
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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
The Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors held its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, during which time officers were elected and meeting dates and times were established for 2019.
Mr. Scott Angus was re-elected to the position of Board President. Other Board members re-elected to their positions are: Mrs. Terry Mylan, Vice President and Mrs. Valerie Pedigo, Treasurer. District solicitor is Ms. .Megan Turnbull of Weiss, Burkardt and Kramer and Board Secretary is Mrs. Marianne Salzman.
Board meeting days and times will remain the same for 2019. Meet and Discuss meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Regular Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The annual reorganization meeting will be held on Dec. 4, 2019. The location for all School Board meetings is the Ambridge Area High School Library, located on the second floor, unless otherwise noted.
A complete list of meeting dates and times can be found on the AASD website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us under School Board/Meeting Schedule. The next regularly-scheduled School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2019 in the Ambridge Area High School Library.
The Ambridge Area Board of School Directors has a new member. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Board appointed Cathy Fischer to fill the vacancy left when former Board member Kelly Fischer resigned her seat at the July 18 School Board meeting.
The Board received three applications from individuals interested in serving the remainder of Kelly Fisher’s term, which runs through November 2019. Candidate interviews were conducted by the Board prior to the decision to select Cathy Fischer to fill the vacancy.
Cathy Fischer is a parent in the District who has been active in the schools and community. She successfully spearheaded the Highland Elementary School PTO for several years and has established meaningful relationships with local and elected officials to positively benefit the Ambridge Area School District and its students.
“I am a forward-thinking individual who takes initiative to identify challenges,” she said. “My strong passion for our District, my love of public education and my keen ability to build quality relationships within the community will serve as valuable assets to the School Board.”
Mrs. Fischer said she is capable of and willing to “. . . work closely with other Board members and Administrators to create a shared vision for the best possible solutions for a successful District.”
Ambridge School Board President Scott Angus said the Board is fortunate to have someone as dedicated to public education as Mrs. Fischer joining their ranks. “We would like to thank the three individuals who expressed interest in filling the seat,” he said. “We feel confident moving forward that Mrs. Fischer will work diligently to fulfill the best interests of our District and our community.”
Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter said she looks forward to working with Mrs. Fischer in her new role. “Mrs. Fischer is well known in the community as a strong supporter of public education and an advocate for our children,” she said. “As a parent with children in the District, I know she is dedicated to the success of not only her own children, but that of every child in our schools.”
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.
The Ambridge Area Board of School Directors is accepting letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the Board.
The vacancy was created when Board member Kelly Fischer resigned at the July 18 School Board meeting. Fischer, who was not present at the meeting, provided a resignation letter to Board President Scott Angus. Fischer cited work obligations as the reason for her resignation.
“I relish the time I spent serving the school district and I will miss it in the future,” Ms. Fischer said in her resignation letter.
The Pennsylvania School Code outlines the following requirements for candidates wishing to fill school board vacancies:
Must be a citizen;
Must be at least 18 years old;
Must be of good moral character; and
Must be a resident of school district for at least one year prior to the date of election or appointment.
Mr. Angus said the School Board will review all applications for the position at the August 8 meeting, with interviews conducted between August 8-15. A final candidate will be selected at the August 15 meeting. The new Board member will serve the remainder of Ms. Fischer’s term, which expires in November 2019.
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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.