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BASD's Dr. Roy recognized as 2017 Pa. Superintendent of the Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A local school leader was recognized with an award from the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. 

Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District, was recognized as the 2017 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year. 

Roy is being honored at a PASA luncheon on Thursday in Harrisburg. 

“Simply put, Dr. Roy is an extremely talented educational leader,” said Board President Mike Faccinetto. 

PASA said the nominees are evaluated on how they demonstrate leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement, which includes active participation in local community activities, and understanding of regional, national and international issues.

Since becoming superintendent in August 2010, PASA says that Roy has had many accomplishments, including developing and implementing BASD's "Roadmap to Educational Exellence," which is a framework for establishing goals for school improvement. Roy has also taken steps to improve Liberty and Freedom High Schools, and has implemented full day kindergarten, according to PASA. 

Roy also serves as the vice-chair of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's Board of Directors and received the 2011 United Way Community Builder Award.

Roy has a long list of accomplishments, including the 2004 Montgomery County Human Relations Commission’s Multicultural Educator of the Year Award; the School Library Journal’s 2004 Administrator of the Year Award; and the 2005 National School Public Relations Association’s Outstanding Communicator Award. 

In March, Roy and 49 other state honorees will be recognized during the AASA National Conference on Education in New Orleans. 







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