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
Public Relations Consultant
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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
What:StandUP Against Bullying Balloon Launch
When: 2 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018
Where: Ambridge Area Senior High School (bridge near front entrance)
What You Will See: Ambridge Area High School students are embracing the #ChooseKind movement with an activity designed to get them thinking about the value of being kind to classmates and standing up against bullying. The event is being organized by student Marissa Hooks. Students who participate are asked to write a kind message to another student anonymously on a balloon.
Each balloon costs $1. The balloon-o-grams will be delivered to students during the afternoon activity period on April 12. Students will then take their balloons to the bridge at the front of the school and release them around 2 p.m. to “pay it forward” to others in the community and beyond who will find the balloons – and their kind messages – after their launch.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization.
Members of the High School Ecology Club will host a Greener Practices for Sustainable Future Workshop Day from 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Friday, April 13.
The workshop will feature local experts in sustainable and greener practices and will be held in the High School LGI Room. The list of speakers includes:
Jim Hoffman – Apiculturist! AKA Bee Keeper! – 8 a.m.
Art DeMeo – Green Infrastructure and New Trends in Storm Water Management – 9 a.m.
Stacy Chalupiak – Cultivation and Propagation of Daylilies – 10 a.m.
Doris Dumrauf, Orinthologist – Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat – 11:45 a.m.
Marjorie DeAngelis and Alicia Stankay – Common Uses for Mint, Lavender, Purslane and Kale – 1 p.m.
Weather permitting, the students will close out the daylong workshop with a Litter Free School Zone activity in which they will pick up trash and other debris from around the High School and dispose of it in an eco-friendly manner.
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.
An additional date for Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year has been set for April 24, 2018. Registration hours are from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the High School Library, located at 909 Duss Ave., Ambridge, Pa.
Students must be age 5 on or before September 2, 2018, to register for Kindergarten. Registration materials are available on the District Website here.
Please contact Cathy Hopkins to schedule an appointment by calling 724-266-2833, Ext. 1273.
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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.