Congratulations to Ambridge STEAM Educator/Technology Integrator Nicole Darroch for being selected as a 2019 Beaver County Educational Trust Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Darroch was recognized for her contributions to education in Beaver County during a special awards ceremony, held May 20 at The Willows. Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, served as the Keynote Speaker for the event.
The Administration and the School Board have been working diligently to manage the funds available to the District. We have reduced spending through measures that more comprehensively manage utilities, and where appropriate, reduce staffing. We changed medical insurance companies which greatly levels out those costs year over year, and anticipate new savings in other insurances and multi-year equipment contracts.
Unfortunately, as salaries increase and ongoing maintenance of our facilities is required, it naturally costs more to operate the District. Most significantly, the District spends over six million dollars per year to fund Ambridge students enrolled at Charter and Cyber schools. Charter and Cyber schools are not free. Every child who attends one of these schools requires Ambridge Area School District to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 per year for their attendance.
Although we remain committed to improving efficiencies and seeking additional cost savings,the District is in a situation where additional tax dollars are needed. The most important thing you can do is write your legislators and encourage them to change the funding structure of these Charter and Cyber schools. This will assist the District in not having to levy tax increases each year.
A sample letter can be downloaded here for your convenience. Please contact your legislators.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
L. Jo Welter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Click here for information regarding Haley Racioppo's senior project Summer Tennis Camp!!
2019 Summer Tennis Camp Registration
For Who: Entering Grades 4-6 from 9:00-10:30am
Entering Grades 7-9 from 11:00-12:30pm
When: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21
Where: Economy Park Tennis Courts
Costs: $30 per child (cash or check)
- If paying with check, please make it out to “Smile Train.”
- All proceeds and additional donations will be given to “The Smile Train,” an international children’s charity who provides free surgeries to children with a cleft palate and lip.
Supplies: Please come with a water bottle, tennis racket, athletic clothing, and good athletic shoes
I give my child,_____________________________ permission to participate in the 2019 summer tennis camp for Haley Racioppo’s senior project. By signing this form, I verify that my child/children are physically able to participate and release all parties of liabilities. I also grant permission for my child/children to be photographed and allow these photos to be used in Haley Racioppo’s senior project presentation.
Parent/Guardian Emergency Contact Number:___________________________
Parent/Guardian Email: _____________________________________________
Grade Entering in the Fall:_______
T-shirt Size: YS YM YL YXL AS AM AL AXL
Please return the registration form and money to their school’s office by June 3, 2019 in order to receive a T-shirt.
Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Sponsored By: The High School Ecology Club
When May 11th 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School Parking Lot
Time: 9:00am— 3:00pm
Selling: Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs
A2i is an intuitive software program that is being used to help all students in grades K-3 to read at or above grade level by grade 3. The program, part of the United 2 Read initiative, has been a huge success in the District. Click here, or on the video above, to check out the program in action.
The Beaver Valley is an awesome place to live, work and go to school. Check out this video from the Beaver Valley Chamber of Commerce highlighting some of the best aspects of our community and that of the entire Beaver Valley!