Bethlehem Central School District’s Chief Technology Director Dr. Sal DeAngelo is expected to be appointed Tuesday evening as Superintendent of Schools in the Chatham Central School District in nearby Columbia County after serving Bethlehem for nearly seven years, according to BC Superintendent Jody Monroe.
“This is bittersweet news to those of us who have worked with Dr. DeAngelo for the last seven years,” said Superintendent Monroe. “Always the consummate professional, Dr. DeAngelo has helped the district find innovative ways to move the district forward as a leader in technology even during the most difficult times.
“While we will miss his expertise and enthusiasm, we wish him the very best in his new role as superintendent,” said Ms. Monroe. “The Chatham Central schools will always have a friend in Bethlehem.”
Monroe said she expects Dr. DeAngelo will remain in his position as Bethlehem’s Chief Technology Officer until the end of the school year.
Recently, DeAngelo introduced plans for the district to begin 1:1 Chromebook integration in grades 3-12. With the 1:1 plan, every Bethlehem student in those grades would have access to a Chromebook in the 2017-18 school year as the district looks to expand personalized learning with what is being called the “Power of One” initiative.
“It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve the Bethlehem school community over the last seven years, in the company of such dedicated colleagues, but I’m not quite done yet,” said Dr. DeAngelo. “I am truly excited about what our ‘Power of One’ Chromebook expansion can do to enhance teaching and learning here at BC.
“I fully intend to keep that plan on track in the coming months to ensure this next step in technology integration is as seamless as possible for students and staff,” said DeAngelo.
While in Bethlehem, DeAngelo also launched a Student Help Desk, which taps the skills of high school students and trains those interested in working as technology support staff for the district. The district’s Help Desk has become a sought-after model for other school districts looking to meet the demand of tech support in a cost-effective manner.