Lehigh Valley

BASD commits $6 million for future capital improvements

Funds came from fund balance

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Bethlehem Area School District's board of directors approved a fund balance commitment of $6 million to the Capital Reserve Fund for future capital improvements during Monday night's meeting.

At their June 26 meeting, directors approved designating a portion of any operating surplus as a commitment of fund balance for the fiscal year that ended four days later. As a follow-up to that action and after conclusion of an audit, but prior to the finalization of financial statements, the administration of Superintendent Joseph Roy asked directors Monday night to approve the $6 million commitment, which they did.

In addition, the administration also asked directors to designate four other amounts from the June 30, 2017 fund balance. This resulted in allocating $3 million in the General Fund for PSERS rate stabilization, and using more than $5.4 million as revenue to balance the 2017-2018 budget.

In other news, directors approved the re-appointment of Herman Webber to the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School General Authority for a five- year term, expiring in January 2023. His current term expires next month.

The legislative body also awarded a snow removal services contract to Searock's Lawn Care and to Barker & Barker Paving. The former will serve as the primary contractor, while the latter will be the alternate. The primary-alternate designation is based on the contractor's availability whenever the service is needed.

Also at the meeting, Roy recognized two Freedom High School seniors: Joshua Adams and William Lasko. Earlier this month, the duo earned first-place honors in the Universal Technical Institute's Top Technician Challenge. As a reward for their accomplishments, the students won scholarships to UTI worth $40,000 and about $4,000 in tools, including a toolbox.

Adams and Lasko, students at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, bested 99 other teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Directors Rogelio Ortiz and Thomas Thomasik were absent from Monday night's meeting.

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