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.
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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
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The Ambridge Area School District is accepting applications for the 2019 Hall of Honor. Nominees for the honor will be inducted into the Hall of Honor during the 2019 Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 6, 2019 in the High School Gymnasium.
The Hall of Honor was established to commend outstanding Ambridge Area School District alumni for their accomplishments, successes, service to others and state or national awards.
In order to be eligible for nomination, alumni must meet the following criteria:
Nominees for the Hall of Honor must have made significant community contributing and/or career-related accomplishments. One-time distinctions or awards may be appropriate if they were given at a state or national level.
Nominees also must have graduated from Ambridge Area School District at least 10 years prior.
“The primary goal of the Hall of Honor is to have our current students aspire to the greatness that other Ambridge Area graduates have achieved,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent of Schools. “Those successful graduates add to our greatness and allow us to encourage and motivate current students toward future aspirations.”
The 2019 Hall of Honor winner will be selected by a committee consisting of School Board members, District Administrators, teachers, students and community members. If available to participate in the ceremony, the 2019 Hall of Honor designee will be recognized during the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on June 6.
Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019 and are available on the District website and the Ambridge Area Senior High School office.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Phillips to the position of head coach of the Ambridge Area Varsity Football Team for the 2019-2020 season.
Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge over three decades of coaching experience. He most recently served as the Quarterback Coach at Geneva College, a position he has held since 2017. Prior to his position at Geneva College, he was the head football coach for the Ellwood City School District for eight years. He also has coached for Center Area School District, South Side School District, West Allegheny School District, Rochester School District and Monaca School District.
“I consider football to be an extension of the academic program,” said Mr. Phillips. “I am excited to work with the team and to help enhance their athletic experience.”
Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge an impressive record, with several WPIAL championships under his belt at Ellwood City, Center and Rochester. He also was named Section III – AA Coach of the Year five times: in 1988, 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2016.
“I will bring to this position an intense commitment and a relentless dedication to developing a successful football program that reflects the pride, the enthusiasm, and the extreme level of excellence expected and demanded by the Ambridge Area School District,” said Mr. Phillips.
In addition to his coaching experience, Mr. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Geneva College and holds a Master of Education degree from Westminster College in Secondary Guidance. He is a native of Beaver.
“We are excited about the opportunity that Don brings to our football program,” said Ambridge Athletic Director Brian Miller. “We are looking forward to helping him build our program and generating more interest among our students in playing.”
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.
Coming hot off their 72-67 win over Quaker Valley, the Ambridge Varsity Boys’ Basketball team received some even more exciting news that could set the momentum for the team as it moves toward the playoffs. The Wright Field House – which has been closed for games since January 2018 due to safety issues with the bleachers – will be reopened in time for the Tuesday, Jan. 22 home game against Central Valley.
The Field House originally closed after the bleachers failed a safety check by the company which installed them originally. At the time, the District was advised by the bleacher manufacturing company that the bleachers would need to be completely replaced at an estimated cost of $400,000. Recently, an alternative repair became available to the District at a cost of $5,000, said Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter.
Athletic Director Mr. Brian Miller said the solution to fixing the existing bleachers came at a recent WPIAL athletic directors’ meeting, when it was suggested that the bleachers could be adequately stabilized for use without total replacement. L-shaped metal plates were installed to support the bleachers, and were secured by 250 bolts. The method was approved by the bleacher manufacturer, Mr. Miller said. Once the work is finished, it will be inspected by the company.
In order to make the repair work, the bleachers will not be able to be closed and will have to remain open at all times. The fix was applied only to one side of the bleachers, so the opposite side of the bleachers will remain unavailable for use. Because the bleachers will need to remain open, it also will reduce the number of available courts in the Field House from three to two. In addition to the bleacher stabilizers, the center court also was refinished.
“It was a great effort on the part of the athletic director and administration to get the Field House reopened for the kids,” said Dr. Welter. “We’re pleased to be able to get this iconic facility reopened in time for our team to finish out the season.”
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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.