Tuesday, January 8, 2013
In light of the Sandy Hook school shooting and a recent bomb threat, the Bristol Township School District will be partnering with local authorities to increase securities at its schools.
From now on, Bristol Township School District students and parents will see an increase in police presence at schools due to an extension of the partnership between the school district and the Bristol Township Police Department. Bristol Township patrol officers have been directed by Chief James P. McAndrew to stop in at Bristol Township schools each day as part of their regular area patrol. According to a school district press release, the directive comes in the aftermath of the Newtown, Ct. school shooting tragedy, and a recent bomb threat at Harry S Truman High School. "While the bomb threat appears to have been false, students and their families were alarmed by it. Township police and other emergency personnel joined with school …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
After receiving a bomb threat, Truman High School was searched Wednesday night and deemed "all clear" for students to return to class Thursday.
Truman High School classes will be held as regularly scheduled Thursday after a search of the school was conducted and the building was deemed as "all clear." "The school district, working with local authorities, conducted an extensive sweep of Truman yesterday evening and found nothing out of the ordinary," Bristol Township School District spokesperson Eileen Kelliher told Patch. In addition, Kelliher said that there will be extra security and emergency personnel stationed at Truman Thursday "just to make certain everything goes well." The threat was discovered this past weekend in a boy's restroom used as a locker room by student athletes during a wrestling tournament, which specified the date Jan. 3, 2013. School administrators sent …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Letters were sent home to parents Wednesday that a bomb threat had been made against Harry S. Truman High School.
A bomb threat has been made against Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown for tomorrow, Jan. 3. School administrators sent letters home to parents Wednesday informing them that district security was made aware of the threat this past weekend, which was written in the boy's locker room. Truman principal James Moore told Patch that the threat was discovered in a boy's restroom used as a locker room by student athletes during a wrestling tournament this weekend. "We are working with our district security and township authorities including law enforcement to secure our school," Moore stated in the letter, which is attached as a PDF to this article. The investigation into the threat is ongoing, but Moore said that Jan. 3, 2013 was cited …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
"The budget process begins again and we have no reason to believe it will be any less difficult this coming year than in the past two years."
Sunday, December 23, 2012
A letter from the Bristol Township School District: Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends: The holiday season is always a time for reflection. We contemplate the triumphs, and most recently the tragedies, of the past year and ponder how to make the next year better, more productive, more thoughtful and caring. At Bristol Township School District our administrators and faculty will be using the downtime to prepare for the next two quarters. There is a lot to think about. The budget process begins again and we have no reason to believe it will be any less difficult this coming year than in the past two years. Among other things, we must begin planning for a solution to the challenges presented by our aging infrastructure. The cycle of testing…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Generators have been switched on at Neil A. Armstrong Middle School in Bristol Township.
Students at Neil A. Armstrong Middle School on Wistar Road in Levittown are continuing on with classes despite not have electricity, the Bristol Township School District said. According to the district, generators at the school have been switched on to provide "adequate" lighting to the students. Tim Traszka, BTSD's operations director, said the generator system produces enough power to support all the building's safety systems. PECO has been notified of the outage and expects it to be a short power disruption.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Superintendent Samuel Lee released a public comment on the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Dr. Samuel Lee's letter to the community: Dear Bristol Township School District Community, It is with heavy heart and continued prayers for the victims and community of Newtown, Connecticut that I feel compelled to confirm our commitment to the safety and security of the students of the Bristol Township School District. The district has a Comprehensive School Safety Plan that provides prevention, mitigation, and response protocol for numerous possible scenarios that could compromise our number one priority, the safety of our students. Both staff and students are trained and practice these procedures with the fondest hope that they never have to be enacted. We remain proactive and vigilant regarding the safety of our students and community…
Bristol Township senior Drew Mickolas was recently awarded a massive scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
From the Bristol Township School District: Drew Mickolas, a senior at Harry S. Truman High School, has accepted a four-year scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The scholarship, valued at $246,000, covers tuition, room and board, books, fees and some personal expenses. Mickolas, who was selected in his junior year as a QuestBridge National College match scholar, was introduced to Trinity through Questbridge. He plans to major in Public Policy and chose Trinity because it is “a highly regarded, smaller college with a good learning environment.” Questbridge is a national organization that seeks out high performing high school students and introduces them to a network of top colleges and universities. The Truman Guidance Dept. …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Bristol Township School District is looking into operating its own school buses.
As the final school year of bus operator First Student and the Bristol Township School District's five-year contract chugs along, the district is looking at several different options for next school year. While negotiations with First Student have gone less than stellar, Superintendent Samuel Lee said the district is looking at starting their own bus service. He quickly noted that "no plans were definite" and the district would work to "do right by the students." Lee said if the district were to take over busing of all students in the 2013-2014 school year, a minimum of 61 buses would have to be purchased to cover all the routes. The superintendent was unclear of what the cost to taxpayers would be and called it a "challenging proposition…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Student and parents will be impacted as several days have been added to the district calendar.
The Bristol Township School Board recently approved making some chages to the students' school year to make up for days lost because of Hurricane Sandy. Additional days where students will be reporting to school: If no additional days off are needed, school will end for students on June 18, District spokeswoman Eileen Kelliher told Patch. She said the changes were made due to the week that students missed after Sandy hit Bristol Township. Hurricane Sandy caused widespread damage in the Levittown area and forced 90 percent of Bristol Township residents to lose power.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Bristol Township School Board reorganized Monday night.
At a special meeting Monday evening, the Bristol Township School Board reorganized itself. The meeting, lasting all of 10 minutes, placed board member Angela Nober as president. Earl Bruck previous served as the president. Stacy Gerlach was appointed to replace Fredrick Black as the board's vice president. Superintendent Dr. Samuel Lee said at the end of the meeting that Bruck and Black were "incredible shepards and advocates for everything Bristol Township School District." He also thanked them for their service. Pennsylvania requires that school boards meet to reorganize during the first week of December on a yearly basis. The board will meet for a regular business meeting on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the district offices.