Broughal Middle School

Broughal Middle School in the Bethlehem Area School District.

This article is a corrected version of an earlier story.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Broughal Middle School's auditorium may soon have a new name, but the district's policy for naming facilities may be changed in the future.

The Bethlehem Area School Board considered during its Monday night meeting naming the auditorium after former school principal Joseph Santoro.

"I think it's appropriate for Mr. Santoro because of his deep history and commitment to that part of the community there," said Superintendent Joseph Roy.

The proposal to have the school's auditorium renamed in honor of former school principal Joseph Santoro was presented by the board of trustees for the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District. An administrator at Broughal for over 27 years, Santoro retired in 2010 and died in 2020.

A majority of the board members supported an agenda item for the monthly voting meeting on Sept. 20 to approve the naming of the auditorium, Roy said.

However, the topic prompted a discussion about the district policy that allows for the naming of facilities after individuals.

"I do not support this. I don't know Mr. Santoro. I have no doubt about his deservingness of this or the work he has done in his career,” said Director Michael Faccinetto. "I just don't think we should be naming public facilities that are built with taxpayer money after individuals."

The board agreed to look at revising that policy in the near future, Roy said.

In other news, school officials will also present a resolution to allow the district's technology department to solicit requests for proposals for the data center resiliency project at Freedom High School.

Officials said the hope is to create an "automatic failover" in the event a catastrophic event occurs at either of the two district's data center sites. The failsafe would help to prevent any disruptions with internet access for teachers, students and administrators.  

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